Biological Sciences

Postgraduate taught

We offer eight on-campus taught masters 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

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.

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.

Quantitative Genetics

Quantitative Genetics: A collection of four closely-allied MSc programmes.

MSc Synthetic Biology and Biotechnology

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

Meet Our Students

Hear from alumni about their studies with us and their career path after graduating.

Postgraduate Open Day

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Meeting us

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Prospective New MSc Programme

We would like to hear your views on a potential new MSc in ‘Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity’. Please fill out our short survey.