Our MSc Bioinformatics is unique and interdisciplinary. It draws together highly-rated teaching and research expertise from across the University. It equips you for a successful career in the bioinformatics industry or academia.
We've designed this MSc Bioinformatics for students from both biological science and computational backgrounds. Prior experience with computer programming is not needed. We welcome applications from those with mathematical, engineering or other scientific backgrounds.
Our course structure is highly flexible and you can tailor it to your own skills and interests.
Research is a large component of this course. Our emphasis is on delivering the research training you'll need to meet the demands of industry and academia now and in the future. Our research in bioinformatics, life sciences, computing and mathematics is internationally recognised. The School of Computing has an active research community. We have several research groups and three research centres.
The course is part of a suite of related programmes that include:
- Synthetic Biology MSc
- Computational Neuroscience and Neuroinformatics MSc
All four courses share core modules. This creates a tight-knit cohort. It encourages collaborations on projects undertaking interdisciplinary research.
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What you'll learn
You'll study a range of compulsory modules. Optional modules allow you to tailor the course to suit your interests.
You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.
Module information is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
Optional modules availability
Some course have optional modules. Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
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How you'll learn
Half of the course is taught and the remainder is dedicated to a research project.
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
- Computer assessment
- Design or creative project
- Professional skills assessments
- Oral presentation
- Practical lab report
- Problem-solving exercises
- Research proposal
- Written exercise
Your five-month project gives you an opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills in depth, and to work in a research or development team. You'll have one-to-one supervision from an experienced member of staff, supported with supervision from industry partners as required.
The project can be carried out:
- with a research group at Newcastle University
- with an industrial sponsor
- with a research institute
- at your place of work
Our experienced and helpful staff will be happy to offer support with all aspects of your course from admissions to graduation and developing your career.
Your teaching and learning is also supported by Canvas. Canvas is a Virtual Learning Environment. You'll use Canvas to submit your assignments and access your:
Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to support from:
- our University Student Services Team
You'll also be assigned an academic member of staff. They will be your personal tutor throughout your time with us. They can help with academic and personal issues.
You'll be taught by academics who are successful researchers in their field. They publish regularly in highly-ranked bioinformatics journals.
Our MSc Bioinformatics graduates have an excellent record of finding employment (around 90%). Recent examples have included:
- bioinformatician at the Medical Research Council
- technical consultant at Accenture
- bioinformatics technician at Barcelona Supercomputing Centre
Our Careers Service
Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.
Quality and ranking
All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body
From 1 January 2020 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK
You'll have access to a Linux-based website that you can customise with PHP hosting services.
The School of Computing is based in the £58million Urban Sciences Building, a flagship development located on the £350m Newcastle Helix regeneration site in the heart of Newcastle. It brings together:
- the public sector
- business and industry
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2021 entry (per year)
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.
If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.
What you're paying for
Tuition fees include the costs of:
- tuition (or supervision)
- library access
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
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- additional costs
- living costs
- tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts
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The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
How to apply
Using the application portal
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Applications for 2022/23
You'll be able to apply for 2022/23 entry from September 2021
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