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1 year

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Bioinformatics Biochemistry

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Course Summary

Course description

Due to the ongoing impact of the global pandemic we have had to evaluate all of our courses to ensure that we adhere to Government guidelines to protect the health and wellbeing of our staff and students. This means that as we work through these changes the modules, delivery methods and assessments shown, including those shown for future years, are subject to change.

Bioinformatics is a major growth area in research and industry; hence qualified bioinformaticians are in high demand. The MSc in Bioinformatics is a one-year full-time course for biological sciences graduates which will equip you with the theoretical and practical analytical skills necessary for a career in this multidisciplinary field.

The course comprises taught modules and guided research, and culminates in a four-month project placement in industry, a research institute or a University of Leicester research lab.

You will work on a Linux laptop on which you install and develop your own Bioinformatics toolkit. During the course this laptop is provided as a loan by the University of Leicester. Ownership of the laptop will be transferred free of charge to you on the successful completion of the course. Also, all students have access to the course server during the course.

Teaching and learning

The course material is taught using a combination of lectures, problem-solving, small group work, drop-in sessions and self-directed learning. The taught modules are assessed by in-module assessments and by exams.

The research projects are assessed on your independence, initiative and understanding whilst performing the project, plus a final oral presentation and the production of a final report published on the web or the submission of a final dissertation.

To bring you right up to date with your chosen topic, you can attend departmental seminars and College Research Theme days that include both visiting and internal speakers.

Careers and employability

Bioinformatics is a major growth area and qualified bioinformaticians are in high demand. An explosion in biological data has resulted from genome projects, next generation sequencing and other 'omics' techniques. Bioinformatics provides the tools to analyse and exploit such data sets.

The research training you receive and the research project you conduct will provide skills that PhD supervisors and employers value highly.


In this module you will explore the basic ideas involved in developing a piece of software to solve a problem by studying fundamental elements of the programming language Java. We will look at Graphical User Interfaces and applets, and at computer databases and how they can be designed and built. We will cover principles common to computer databases across all disciplines, but the exercises will focus on biological examples, using the theory to build and query biological relational databases.

Tuition fees

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Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have 2:2 degree (or equivalent) in Biological Sciences or related discipline. We will also consider appropriate experience in industry.

University information

As a top 25 UK University, Leicester has always been home to the great minds; academics, researchers and students who aren’t afraid to challenge the status quo, advance new practices, and develop a fresh way of thinking. Through the ground-breaking research of their experts, you will tackle the emerging social, economic, political and scientific issues head on and set the agenda where others simply follow. At Leicester, students aren’t...more

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