Bioinformatics and Molecular Genetics

MSc, 1 year, full-time

This is for you if... you are fascinated by molecular biology and computing, and want to study a combination of bioinformatics and molecular genetics at an advanced level.

Course Description

Modern bioscience is dependent on computational data analysis. This course combines current concepts and techniques of molecular genetics as applied in modern research with practical experience of experimental techniques, and hands-on bioinformatics and data analysis to equip you with the computational and analytical skills necessary for a career in modern molecular biosciences.

Key Facts
Start date
September each year
Genetics, Molecular and Cell Biology

Mrs Mina Mistry
+44 (0)116 229 7038

Department of Genetics website

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology website

Why Leicester?

Course Structure



All modules are mandatory.

Plus your Bioinformatics Research Project


Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Teaching and Assessment

The Molecular Genetics phase of the course runs between September and December and is based around a series of hands-on lab experiments and small group teaching sessions which will introduce you to a variety of modern molecular techniques and research strategies.

The Bioinformatics phase of the course runs between January and June and is based around lectures and computational practicals covering different aspects from programming to data analysis.

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. Your research project will be assessed on your independence, initiative and understanding whilst performing the project, and the submission of a final dissertation.

Entry Requirements

Second class honours degree or equivalent in a biological or biomedical science.

Your interest in computing and bioinformatics will be assessed in an interview.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, with 6.0 in writing. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

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Fees and Funding

  • This is the total course fee.

    Starting in September 2017

    • MSc: £7,500

    Did you know you can apply for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000, subject to eligibility?
  • This is the total course fee.

    Starting in September 2017

    • MSc: £18,250

    Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Career Opportunities

An explosion in biological data has resulted from genome projects, high throughput sequencing and other 'omics' techniques. Molecular genetics provides you with a sound grounding to put such data into context, while bioinformatics provides the tools to analyse and exploit such data sets. The research training you receive will provide skills that PhD supervisors and employers value highly.



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