Over the past few years, Bioinformatics has become the most exciting field in biology. This Bioinformatics MSc course provides a unique hands-on learning experience in bioinformatics skills, by combining the latest advances in analysing high-throughput genomic, transcriptomic and metabolomics data.
Who is it for?
This course aims to equip graduate scientists with the computational skills and awareness needed to process, analyse and interpret the vast amounts of biological data now becoming available. This course is equally suitable for candidates from life sciences disciplines who aim to gain the programming and computational skills through this course and graduates with IT/computer science background who want to gain the molecular biology understanding to become bioinformaticians
On completion of this course, you will be able to apply information technology and computational techniques to process genomic and genetic data, as well as developing novel drug discovery and diagnostic tools.
Additionally, you will gain the skills to design and implement software tools and databases using the latest advances in standalone and web-based technologies to fulfil the need of the research community.
Applied Bioinformatics MSc is made up of three components: a formal taught component comprising eight modules (40%), Core Principles Integration (20%) and Individual Research Project (40%).
You study eight compulsory modules consisting of lectures, practical work and site visits.
- Introduction to Bioinformatics using Perl,
- Exploratory Data Analysis and Essential Statistics using R,
- Next Generation Sequencing Informatics,
- Informatics for Metabolomics,
- Proteome Informatics,
- Programming Using Java,
- Data integration and Interaction Networks,
- Advanced Sequencing Informatics and Systems Biology.
The four-month individual research project can be carried out within industry or academia and for part-time candidates, it can be undertaken in your place of work. This key part of the course allows you to apply the research skills acquired during the taught phase of the course to a practical problem and acts as an opportunity for you to meet potential future employers.
Bioinformatics is a fast-growing field that offers progressive career opportunities for forward-thinking people who are ready to grasp the challenge; people who understand both the biological and computing aspects of this science. Our MSc opens doors to careers in industry, public research establishments and university research. The multidisciplinary nature of our course has allowed our students to follow diverse career paths in various medical-related sectors. Successful graduates have been able to pursue or enhance careers in a variety of key areas such as Pharmaceutical and Biotech companies, plant research institutes, food sector, public Institutions, bioinformatics, IT companies.
A first or second class UK Honours degree in a relevant scientific discipline; such as life science, or computer science subject. Candidates with appropriate professional experience are also invited to apply.
Students requiring a visa to study in the UK may need to apply for an ATAS certificate to study this course.