MSc in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology


The MSc in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at University College Cork is a one-year (full-time option) or two-year (part-time option) taught Masters course.

The MSc in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology course is now open for applications for the academic year 2014/2015. The closing date for applicants is 1st August 2014 and the start of term is the 8th of September 2014.

For information on how to apply, see the How to applyweb page.


This programme receives funding from the Government under a major initiative to meet IT skills needs identified by the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs, therefore EU Students admitted to this programme will pay a reduced annual tuition fee of 3,750 EUR (part-time option 2,200 EUR). Non-EU students will pay an annual tuition fee of 13,800 EUR.

What is Bioinformatics?

Bioinformatics is fast-growing field at the intersection of Biology, Mathematics and Computer Science. It seeks to create and advance algorithms, computational and statistical techniques, and theory to solve formal and practical problems arising from the management and analysis of very large biological data sets. For more information on bioinformatics, see the What is Bioinformatics? page.

What will I learn in this course?

The MSc will provide theoretical education coupled to a practical training to students that already possess a BSc in a Biological science, Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Engineering, or a related degree, to allow them to understand and apply the principles underlying bioinformatics. For more information about the course content, see Course content page.

What careers options will I have after this course?

The programming and data handling skills that students develop, along with their exposure to an interdisciplinary research environment, will be very attractive to employers. Graduates from the MSc will have a variety of career options including working in a research group in a university or research institute, industrial research, or pursuing a PhD in bioinformatics. For more information about careers in bioinformatics, see Careers in bioinformatics page.

Read about the research carried out by our MSc Bioinformatics students!

Several of the research projects carried out by our MSc Bioinformatics students have led to research papers, including:

For more information about the research project element of the MSc course, see Projects page.

Any questions?

For questions relating to this course, please contact Dr. Marcus Claesson at