The University of Wolverhampton

MScMolecular Biology with Bioinformatics

Why choose this course?

This course is for biosciences graduates looking to open up a route into industry, and for practising professionals seeking to widen their experience and qualifications, and extend their knowledge of applied molecular biology/bioinformatics. It provides a sound understanding of the subject’s key principles, as well as how these can be effectively applied to a wide range of industrial and environmental applications. You will benefit from working with excellent technology and research equipment in our state-of-the-art laboratories, and you also receive a thorough grounding in the necessary computing skills needed to access important online databases, such as the human genome. You will be challenged to look to the frontiers of (and even beyond) current thinking in the subject, and to be aware of how your studies impact on your future career/professional role. To complement this, you will gain essential intellectual and transferable skills such as independent planning, hypothesis formulation and testing, and the importance of originality.

What happens on the course?

Typical modules may include:

  • Modern Computer Science
  • Data Management
  • DNA Datamining
  • Masters' Laboratory Techniques
  • Molecular Genetics and Genomics
  • Research Methods
  • Research Project

Why Wolverhampton?

The University of Wolverhampton has a long-standing reputation for the provision of training in Molecular Biology at all levels. The course is has been at the forefront in the identification of bioinformatic skills and has lead to graduates achieving high profile employment as bioinformaticians. This course addresses the rapidly developing field of modern genetics and prepares them for the post- genomics era. The research-active staff who are associated with the Research Institute in Healthcare Science (research evaluated as of national and international excellence at the last Research Assessment Exercise) provide a highly research-focused environment which informs both teaching and the students’ own research projects.

Career path

Career paths vary from technical to managerial in the industrial, educational, health and research sectors - typically, you will be heading for a role in the areas of general molecular biology, biochemical science, medical science and biotechnology (including pharmaceuticals).
You may prefer to go into postgraduate research at an academic or private sector institution, or embark on a science teaching career.

Entry requirements

Normally, you should have a good honours degree or equivalent in a bioscience subject, plus 1-2 years’ appropriate experience, although substantial professional experience can substitute for graduate status. Graduates from other disciplines (eg. computer science) are welcome to apply. You should also have a good standard of written and spoken English (IELTS 6.0 or equivalent). If you are currently employed, we request a statement of support from your employer.

Course fees and finance

2017/8 Home/EU International
Full time £6,020 £12,445
Part time £3,010

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2017/8. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

Postgraduate Loans: A new system of loans for taught and research Masters courses for students resident in England is being introduced from September 2016. For more information and how to apply online visit:

Professional and Career Development Loan: The University is a Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL) registered Learning Provider, registration number [4413]. A PCDL is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.

Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites, or Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount ( If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund ( for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found at


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