Bioinformatics MSc

12 months full time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £6,000
International: full time £15,490 part time fees

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Programme Overview

The MSc in Bioinformatics is a one-year advanced Master's programme designed for students who have a good degree in biological sciences or computing science.

This interdisciplinary programme is based in the School of Computing Science and taught jointly with the Schools of Mathematics and Statistics and Biology, and the institutes of Cell and Molecular Biosciences and Genetic Medicine.

The programme will provide foundational skills in bioinformatics together with specialist skills such as:

  • computing
  • programming
  • molecular biology

with a significant focus on the development of research skills.

The MSc aims to equip you with the necessary skills to contribute to the post-genomic developments that are rapidly becoming the key focus of bioinformatics research.

Prior experience with computers or computer programming is not required. Students with mathematical, engineering or other scientific backgrounds will also be considered.

The programme is ideal for students aiming for careers in industry or academia.


Find out more detailed information about the programme modules.

+Entrance Requirements

A lower-second-class Honours degree in any biological science-based discipline (eg genetics, biochemistry and biology), an upper-second-class Honours degree in a computing science or maths based subject or international equivalent. We will also consider applicants on an individual basis with non-standard qualifications and significant industrial or professional experience in biological or computer science related areas.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 90 (Internet-based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62 or equivalent.

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

International Students, consult your own government for funding. The University offers International Scholarships, and there are funding opportunities by external organisations available.

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

There is no closing date for this programme. However, international students applying for September 2014 entry should apply by Friday 11 July 2014 to ensure that they have time to put appropriate arrangements in place.  

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

+Further Information

For further information please contact:

Admissions Secretary
School of Computing Science
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8072

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Computer Science