Biological Sciences

Postgraduate taught

We offer eight on-campus taught masters programmes and two distance learning programmes.


MSc Biochemistry

Apply chemical and physical principles to increase your knowledge of the complex chemical reactions between molecules in biological systems.

MSc Biodiversity & Taxonomy of Plants

MSc Biodiversity and Taxonomy of Plants
Explore the world of plant diversity and pure and applied taxonomy.

MSc Bioinformatics

Use computer-based skills and tools to understand a wide range of biological problems through the wealth of data generated by modern technology.

MSc Biotechnology

Create new products and services, and evaluate current economic structures used in the fuel, food and pharmaceutical industries.

MSc Drug Discovery & Translational Biology

Discover what makes a good drug, using techniques from structural biology, chemistry and pharmacology.

Online postgraduate programmes

Study online for MSc Drug Discovery & Protein Biotechnology or MSc Next Generation Drug Discovery. Courses from these programmes are also available as CPD options.

MSc Quantitative Genetics & Genome Analysis

MSc Quantitaive Genetics & Genome Analysis
A suite of four programmes allowing students to specialise in Animal Breeding and Genetics, Evolutionary Genetics or Human Complex Trait Genetics.

MSc Systems & Synthetic Biology

Gain experience in one of the newest areas of biology, and discover how to apply engineering principles to the understanding and designing of biological networks.

MSc Synthetic Biology and Biotechnology

An MSc in Synthetic Biology & Biotechnology is a route into a cutting edge area of biology.

Potential new programmes

We are always expanding our postgraduate portfolio. Find details of potential new programmes here.

Postgraduate Open Day

Discover if the School of Biological Sciences and the city of Edinburgh is right for you by attending an Open Day or arranging a visit.

New students

When you have received your offer of acceptance with the School of Biological Sciences, we expect you will have many questions ahead of starting your programme in September.

Contact us

Please direct your enquiries to the appropriate Programme Administrator.