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Undergraduate course

Applied Biosciences (Bioinformatics) BSc (Hons)

Bioinformatics is the future of Biology. At the frontier of Biosciences, you will interrogate big data to benefit society.

Students under going biological research

Bioinformatics is an exciting and emerging field of biology. It involves an understanding of biology and the analysis of large data sets. Study extensive human biology content while developing your statistical, mathematical and computational skills. This will allow you to create, store and scrutinise complex data sets.

York campus

  • UCAS Code – 7Y67
  • Duration – 3 years full-time | 6 years part-time
  • Start date – September 2021
  • School – School of Science, Technology and Health

Minimum Entry Requirements

    104 UCAS Tariff points to include a minimum of BCC at A2 with a grade B or above in Biology

    4 GCSEs Graded C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language, Maths and Double Integrated Science

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021 entry £9,250 per year full time

    International 2021 entry £12,750 per year full time

The York St John Experience

Course overview

We've designed our Bioinformatics programme for those with a passion for human biology and data analytics. In your first year, you'll gain an in-depth knowledge of human biology and professional research skills. In your second and third year, you'll specialise your studies. We'll help you to develop your data analysis, maths and statistics skills. You'll also learn to collect, model and analyse biological data. 

We are a vibrant team of academic and technical staff. We'll interact with you during and after your studies to help you achieve your ambitions. While studying with us you'll develop your scientific knowledge and employability. We focus on practical, transferable and multidisciplinary skills. This all enables you to work in a wide variety of employment areas.

Take your learning to the next level with placements. Gain hands-on experience both at the University and in local industrial laboratories. We'll support you to organise short placements throughout your studies. Alternatively, you can choose to take part in a year-long external placement in industry. 

Our Applied Biosciences courses have distinct award titles but these titles represent a specialism, not a separate degree courseThe Applied Biosciences suite will share all first year modules with the existing Biomedical Science degree and have the same entry criteriaYou will be able to swap between courses at the end of your first year, but once you start your second year, you will need to remain on your chosen specialist routeOnce you have studied all subjects in your first year, you can make an informed choice about which area you enjoy and would like to specialise in.

Have a look at the other specialisms available:

Biomedical Science BSc (Hons)

Applied Biosciences (Medical Biochemistry) BSc (Hons)

Applied Biosciences (Cancer Biology) BSc (Hons)

Course structure

Level 1


Professional Skills for Biomedical Sciences - This module will develop your study skills, laboratory skills and professional skills to help you during your course and in future employment or studies. Topics include analysis of scientific data, report writing and some statistical analysis, plus how to undertake laboratory techniques safely and with precision.

Human Anatomy and Physiology - You will study the organisation of the nervous system and endocrine control of cell function, plus the structure and function of the cardiovascular, pulmonary, musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal and the renal systems.

Biological Molecules and Reactions - You will analyse the major classes of biomolecules (nucleic acids, proteins, carbohydrates and lipids), their physical and chemical make-up and how these properties affect their biological functions.

Cellular Biology - You will study cellular and sub-cellular structures and their functions, plus the structure of intra and intercellular communication networks. This module also includes analysis of the genetic basis of some common human diseases.

Biochemistry and Metabolism - This module examines how and why energy is derived from biological molecules such as carbohydrates, lipids and proteins. Amino acid and protein metabolism and the regulation of biochemical reactions using enzymes are also studied.

Introductory Microbiology and Immunology - This module provides an introduction to microorganisms, their culture, structure and classification. Microbial interaction with humans leads into an introduction to immunology and our innate defences against infection.

(all 20 credit modules)

Level 2


Research Methods and Professional Practice - This module will further develop your laboratory skills, research skills and ability to work competently to improve your academic and professional skills, thus enhancing your ability to work autonomously and your employability.

Data Analysis - This module develops your understanding of data collection, selection and evaluation. You will explore data quality, data cleaning, data integration and data analysis using techniques including correlation, regression, forecasting, classification and clustering, using a variety of machine learning methods that are widely used in data mining.

Clinical Biochemistry - This module explores the principles and application of methods used in clinical biochemistry for the diagnosis, evaluation and prognosis of diseases. Organ function tests, lipoproteins and cholesterol, diabetes, renal function and the biochemical effects of malignant disease are all considered.

Molecular Biology - This module examines the structure and function of bacterial and eukaryotic DNA in detail. The tools of molecular biology including gene cloning, restriction enzymes, PCR, DNA sequencing, constructing plasmids and selection of clones are also investigated.

Medical Microbiology - This module will explore the isolation and identification of medically important bacteria and viruses and the epidemiology of infectious disease. Diagnostic techniques for gastro-intestinal disease, urinary tract pathogens, respiratory tract infections and sexually transmitted infections will be discussed.

Computational Biology - This module explores how computational models and machine learning are applied to analysing biological data. You will develop programming and computational modelling skills to extract useful information from vast data sets including DNA sequencing data, imaging data, simulation data, and experimental data.

(all 20 credit modules)

Level 3


Research Project (40 credits) - You will be assigned an approved project which offers the opportunity to undertake a substantial piece of laboratory research work. The module will develop communication and presentation skills, individual research skills and allow you to apply your knowledge to a particular research problem.

Cancer Biology - This module considers the basis of carcinogenesis and the molecular, cellular and physiological hallmarks of cancer. You will investigate key oncogenes and tumour suppressor genes and their effects on cell signalling pathways, DNA repair, the cell cycle, apoptosis, senescence and metastasis.

Clinical Genetics - This module will explore the role of genetic variability in human diseases, plus gene expression, mRNA processing, translation and post-translation modification of proteins linked to disease. Gene therapy and novel treatments for genetic diseases will also be discussed.

Biology of Disease - This module discovers the biological basis, clinical presentation and treatment of important non-infectious human diseases including cardiovascular conditions, diabetes, COPD, neurological disorders and sepsis.

Genomics, Proteomics and Metabolomics - This module explores the methodologies and technologies used to investigate genomic variation. You will discover how interrogation of the transcriptome, metabolome and proteome can be used to inform clinical advances.

(all 20 credit modules except Research Project)

Teaching & Assessment

Modules build in complexity as you progress. In year one you'll consider the normal physiological state of the human body and how it responds to disease. Explore these disease states in more detail in year two and three.

Delivery and contact time

Each module runs on the same day each week throughout the semester. You'll study one subject each day. This mode of delivery is very popular in student feedback.

Depending on whether you have practical classes, your contact hours will vary week-to-week. Usually, each 20 credit module contains 10-15 workshops plus at least three practical classes. You can use the laboratories to enhance your practical skills in your own time. Academic and technical staff will supervise these sessions.

We expect you to undertake further reading outside of taught sessions. Completing coursework assessments is a further expectation. These may include:

  • Laboratory reports
  • Case studies
  • Preparing posters or presentations
  • Reading published journal articles.


We've designed the assessment strategy for this programme to allow you to show your skills and abilities. We use a wide variety of assessment types. We have a small number of examinations and all modules have coursework assessments. We assess some modules by coursework only. We will always offer practice assessments before any formal assessments. Your assessments will build in complexity as you progress through the degree. This means you will have the subject knowledge and skills to tackle them. We also spread your assessments throughout the semester to avoid clustering of deadlines.

Entry requirements


104 UCAS Tariff points

4 GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English Language, Maths & double integrated Science

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements. Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our international pages.

If your first language is not English you must show evidence of English language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

International entry requirements

Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay depends on whether you live inside the UK or EU, or internationally (outside the UK/EU). Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

UK and EU 2021 entry

The tuition fee for 202 entry onto this course is

  • £9,250 per year for full time study
  • £6,935 per year for the first 4 years if you study part time.

These prices apply to all UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

You can find out more about funding your degree by visiting our funding opportunities page.

Funding Opportunities

Placement year funding

If you choose to take a placement year, and your course offers it, you can apply for the Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loan for your placement year. How much you are awarded is based on the type of placement being undertaken and whether it is a paid or unpaid placement. The tuition fee for your placement year will be reduced.

International 2021 entry

The tuition fee for 2021 entry to this course is £12,750 per year for full time study.

This price applies to all students living outside the UK/EU.

Due to immigration laws, if you are an international student on a student visa, you must study full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

Find out more about funding your degree.

International Fees and Funding

Additional costs and financial support

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Course-related costs

While studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

Study Abroad

For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad pages.

Accommodation and living costs

View our accommodation pages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

Financial help and support

Our Funding Advice team are here to help you with your finances throughout your degree. They offer a personal service that can help you with funding your studies and budgeting for living expenses. 

All undergraduates receive financial support through the York St John Aspire card. Find out more about the Aspire scheme and how it can be used to help you purchase equipment you need for your course. 

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