Bioinformatics is a branch of the life sciences that focus on analysing and integrating big data acquired in biomedical experimentation.
Over the last couple of years '-omics' technologies have transformed healthcare practice, biomedical research and industry, and there is a shortage of biomedical graduates with bioinformatics training in the advanced healthcare sector.
Our programme will provide you with essential skills in both molecular and computational techniques. You will learn how to design and perform experiments, and efficiently analyse next-generation sequencing data. You will acquire research data mining skills for Biological Sciences, Transcriptomics, Genomics, Proteomics and Metagenomics.
It will equip you for careers in the private (e.g. pharmaceutical, biotechnology or food industry, forensic/veterinary laboratories) or public (e.g. academia, NHS) sectors.
2:2 or above in any aspect of the Biological Sciences or Biosciences or related Life Sciences courses.
A medical degree would also be appropriate.
English language requirements
For students whose first language is not English a minimum International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score at 6.0 or the equivalent is required, with a minimum score of 5.5 in any sub-unit.
If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course.
What you will study
- Principles of Bioinformatics (BIS7017-B)
- 'Omics' Techniques in Biology and Healthcare (BIS7019-B)
- Personal and Professional Development for Postgraduate Bioscientists (BIS7012-B)
- Research and Analytical Methods (BIS7006-B)
- Experimental Design (BIS7007-B)
- Advanced Bioinformatics (BIS7018-B)
- Research Project (BIS7005-E)
Our facilities are cutting-edge and include the unique Centre for Skin Sciences and the Institute of Cancer Therapeutics, as well as the Analytical Centre.
These centres feature specialised equipment and are at the forefront of research and development of the understanding and treatment of health-related challenges in the modern world.
Fees, finance and scholarships
Home/EU: £8,160 per year
International: £18,940 per year
You may be eligible to apply for the government's new Postgraduate Loan to put towards your fees and living costs.
Every year we award numerous non-repayable scholarships to UK, EU and international students on the basis of academic excellence, personal circumstances or economic hardship. For full details, visit our scholarships website.
The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.
Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans by exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes, there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
Employability is a key focus of the programmes here at Bradford. We collaborate with industry partners through our Industry Advisory Board and their input shapes the curriculum, ensuring you gain the skills employers in the sector value and that are currently in short supply. You’ll have the opportunity to work on and contribute to real-life research projects whilst you’re studying.
Our comprehensive support services will help you to achieve your full potential – both academically and personally.
We provide all you need to make the very best of your time with us, and successfully progress through your studies and on into the world of graduate employment.
Our support services include:
- Personal tutors
- Disability services
- Counselling services
- MyBradford student support centres
- The Students’ Union
- Chaplaincy and faith advisers
- An on-campus nursery
- Halls wardens
We have well-stocked libraries and excellent IT facilities across campus. These facilities are open 24 hours a day during term time, meaning you’ll always find a place to get things done on campus.
Our Academic Skills Advice Service will work with you to develop your academic, interpersonal and transferable skills.
The programme encourages cutting-edge cross-disciplinary research. It offers an opportunity for students to become global leaders in the biomedical industry.
There is a rapid and exponential rise in the amount of genomic sequence data (in all its forms), and UK research councils have identified the bioinformatics sector as a key driver for growth in the industrial and medical biotechnology, pharmaceutical and health markets, and have made it a key priority area for investment.
Our staff are research active and embed outcomes of their world-leading research into the design of our courses, ensuring that you are equipped not just for the job market today, but are well prepared for the future.
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