MSc Bioinformatics and Systems Biology / Application and selection
Year of entry: 2023
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How to apply
Please apply via our online application form. See below Advice for applicants for details of the supporting documents we require.
Due to the high demand for this course we operate a staged admissions process as set out below. However, we reserve the right to close applications at any stage if the course is full, so we recommend that you apply as early as possible. In order for your application to be assessed at the earlier stages, you must ensure all your supporting documents including references are submitted by the relevant stage deadline. If we make you an offer, you will have 4 weeks to reply. Offers not replied to within 4 weeks will be withdrawn so that a place can be offered to another candidate.
- Stage 1: Application completed by 9th December 2022; decision by 3rd February 2023.
- Stage 2: Application completed by 31st March 2023; decision by 25th April 2023.
- Stage 3: Application completed by 31st May 2023; decision by 25th June 2023.
- Stage 4: Application completed by 31st July 2023; decision by 25th August 2023.
Please note we give preference to applicants with grades above our minimum entry requirements due to the competition for places.
Whilst we aim to give you a decision on your application by the deadline date, in some instances due to the competition for places and the volume of applications received, it may be necessary to roll your application forward to the next deadline date. If this is the case we will let you know after the initial deadline has passed.
Advice to applicants
We require the following documents before we can consider your application:
- Transcript of your studies to date.
- Degree certificate (if you have already graduated).
- Personal statement or statement of purpose.
- Curriculum vitae (CV).
- An academic reference. You will be required to provide the name and contact details of two referees during completion of the application form. Your referees will be contacted directly and asked to provide a letter of reference. When providing referee details, you must ensure the email addresses are accurate and official, typically ending with an institutional domain. We do not accept references provided from a personal email address, eg Hotmail or Gmail.
If any of the supporting documents is not in English, you must also provide us with an official or certified English translation. If English is not your first language, we require proof of your English language ability. If you have already taken an English language qualification, please include your certificate with your application. We cannot provide an initial decision on an application without seeing some evidence of a good level of English language ability. If you do not provide this when you apply, your application will remain on hold until evidence is received.
How your application is considered
Overseas (non-UK) applicants
Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 towards their tuition fees before a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.
You cannot use your CAS to apply for a visa more than three months before the start date of your course. This means that if you intend to begin a course on 18th September 2023, we will not issue you with a CAS number before 18th June 2023.
Your CAS number is only valid for one student visa application.
If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again.
Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.