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Bioinformatics Online Modular Degree Programme

Distance learning fees and funding

This page provides information that will help you to decide whether you have the time and funding for one or more of our distance learning courses in computational biology. These courses are designed as part-time courses for biologists or computer scientists seeking opportunities for professional development.

Semester dates for 2014/2015 (provisional)

Semester 16 October 2014 to 6 February 2015
Semester 223 February 2015 to 26 June 2015

Estimated time commitment

You will see from the dates given above that each of our online modules runs over 18 weeks, with a 2 week break for Christmas/Easter. An online course will involve contact hours via on-line tutorials, bulletin boards and email.  The periods of self-guided learning will include reading, practical problem solving, project work and the writing of project reports. You should expect one of these modules to require approximately 150 hours in study time over the period of the course.

Module applications

Please complete the module application form.

Module and project fees

Fees cover registration, tuition within the Virtual Learning Environment, access to the University Library's Distance Learning Service, appraisal and assessment. The fees for 2014/2015 are shown below.

Type of courseCreditsFee
MSc module
£1330/1275 *
Literature project
Research project
£tbc (Bioinformatics)
£2750 (Digital Biology)

To see the fees in your home currency, you can use the Universal Currency Converter®

* Please contact the office for Advanced Professional Education for details.


Many of our students are sponsored by an employer. If you are planning to pay your own fees, you may also need help from other sources. The Guardian Money supplement has a useful guide to applying for bursaries and grants and the links below will take you to information pages on possible sources of funding.

Postgraduate funding at The University of Manchester

Most of these awards are intended for full-time students. However, it is worthwhile checking here for any targetted awards for which you could apply.

Postgraduate Study/Funding Providers

Many organisations will make awards to people working within their remit. For example, Cancer Research UK may support applications from people working in cancer research. This site lists many medical charities, and other organisations supporting scientific research.

Other charities listed here have a regional focus. For example, the Canon Collins Trust supports students from specific countries in southern Africa.

Prospects Postgraduate Funding Guide

This guide has sections on Science and Medicine and General Postgraduate Awards. Again, you may be able to apply for an award targetted at a specific research area, or at people living in your region.

Other trusts supporting people from a specific region

Funding for scientists returning to work after a career break

The Wellcome Trust offers Career Re-entry Fellowshipsfor postdoctoral scientists seeking to return to research following a career break. Funding can include fees for an appropriate MSc course.

The Daphne Jackson Trust enables UK-based scientists, engineers and IT specialists to return to work after career breaks.

Funds for women

  1. The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship is for excellent female students enrolled at a University in Europe, the Middle East, or Africa. More information can be found here.
  2. The L'Oréal - UNESCO Women In Science Programme recognises and supports female scientists at different stages in their careers.

    The L'Oréal UK & Ireland Fellowships For Women in Science were launched in January 2007. The Fellowships are awards offered by a partnership between L'Oréal UK & Ireland, the UK National Commission for UNESCO and the Irish National Commission for UNESCO, with the support of the Royal Society. Four Fellowships are awarded annually to outstanding female postdoctoral researchers. Each worth £15,000 (equivalent € for candidates in Ireland), the Fellowships are tenable at any UK or Irish university / research institute to support a 12-month period of postdoctoral research in any area of the life or physical sciences.

    The Fellowships have been designed to provide practical help for the winners to undertake research in their chosen fields. For example, winners may choose to spend their fellowship on buying scientific equipment, paying for child care costs, travel costs or indeed whatever they may need to continue their research.

  3. Funds for Women graduates
  4. International Federation of University Women.

Students with disabilities

The Google Europe Scholarships are to help dismantle barriers that keep students with disabilities from entering computing. More information can be found here.


A project placement are not required for the Masters programme, but for some students an internship may be helpful. We will provide support to those people for whom a placement is appropriate