MSc Bioinformatics and Systems Biology / Overview

Year of entry: 2024

Degree awarded
Master of Science
12 months
Entry requirements

We require an honours degree (minimum Upper Second) or overseas equivalent in: 

  • biological sciences
  • medical sciences
  • physical sciences
  • computing sciences subject
  • mathematics

We require sufficient evidence of the relevant units taken. We may also consider exceptional applicants with a Lower Second who also have research experience or equivalent professional experience.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Please apply via our online application form.

Due to the high demand for this course, we operate a staged admissions process (see below). 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.

Your application must be complete to be considered. For non-UK educated students, you need to provide evidence of English language ability for your application to be considered complete. We cannot provide a decision without this.

Applications with any missing supporting documents will only be given a decision in the stage during which the outstanding documents are received. For example, if you submit your application in stage 1 but your references are not received until stage 3, you will be considered as a stage 3 applicant.

We cannot prioritise any applications nor can we provide any decisions prior to the published stage deadlines as this is not fair to other applicants in each stage. If you require a decision by a particular date, such as, for a scholarship application, it is your responsibility to ensure your application is submitted and completed in enough time for you to receive your decision, in line with the decision deadlines below.

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 Offers not replied to within 4 weeks will be withdrawn so that a place can be offered to another candidate.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 8 Dec 2023; decision by 5 Feb 2024.
  • Stage 2: Application completed by 22 Mar 2024; decision by 29 Apr 2024.
  • Stage 3: Application completed by 31 May 2024; decision by 28 Jun 2024.
  • Stage 4: Application completed by 26 Jul 2024; decision by 30 Aug 2024.

Please note we give preference to applicants with grades above our minimum entry requirements.

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.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning

Course overview

  • Gain extensive research experience and professional skills in the field of bioinformatics and systems biology.
  • Prepare for a career in industry or academic research.
  • Study at a university ranked 7th in the UK for Biological Sciences (QS World University Rankings 2024).

Open days

Alumni Panel Session on Monday 29 April, 2-3pm. Join our online panel of biosciences graduates and find out about studying master’s at Manchester, and the careers this can lead to. Book your place here .


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2024, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK students (per annum): £14,000
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £33,000

Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK students (fees are typically fixed for International students for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees. Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 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.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).


For the latest scholarship and bursary information please visit the fees and funding page.

Contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Contact name
Postgraduate Admissions Office
0161 529 4539
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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