Programme description

Bioinformatics is about the application of computer-based approaches to understanding biological processes. Our programme will introduce you to the current methods used to interpret the vast amounts of data generated by modern high-throughput technologies.

The aim of this MSc is to equip you with a strong background in biology, plus the computing skills and knowledge necessary to navigate the vast wealth of modern biological data. On completing this programme you will be able to take up PhD studies or bioinformatics posts in academia or in industry.

The programme covers programming skills, statistical analysis and database science as well as bioinformatics. Option courses allow you to specialise in several aspects of bioinformatics.

Programme structure

The MSc comprises two semesters of taught courses followed by a research project and dissertation. The project is a key element in deciding how your career in bioinformatics should develop further. Teaching is through lectures, tutorials, seminars, computer practicals and lab demonstrations.

Compulsory courses:

  • Bioinformatics Programming & System Management
  • Bioinformatics Research Proposal
  • MSc Dissertation (Bioinformatics)
  • Statistics & Data Analysis

Optional courses:

  • Bioinformatics 1
  • Human–Computer Interaction
  • Information Processing in Biological Cells
  • Introduction to Java Programming
  • Molecular Modelling and Database Mining
  • Practical Systems Biology
  • Quantitating Drug Binding
  • Bioinformatics 2
  • Bioinformatics Algorithms
  • Comparative and Evolutionary Genomics
  • Drug Discovery
  • Functional Genomic Technologies
  • Introduction to Website and Database Design for Drug Discovery
  • Molecular Phylogenetics
  • Next Generation Genomics
  • Software Architecture, Process, and Management
  • Software Development

Research

The research project is carried out independently, but under the guidance of a supervisor, during the summer, with results presented in a dissertation. A wide range of projects is available through both the School of Biological Sciences and the School of Informatics.

Career opportunities

The programme is good preparation for further academic research or for technical or managerial roles in various commercial sectors, from medical electronics to defence.

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in biological sciences. You must have a strong background in molecular biology, biochemistry or related sciences and some experience of computer science or mathematics.

We will also consider your application if you have a background in chemistry, physics, mathematics or engineering.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

  • Entry requirements by country

English language requirements

All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:

  • an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration

    • UKVI list of majority English speaking countries
  • IELTS Academic: total 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each component

  • TOEFL-iBT: total 92 with at least 20 in each section

  • PTE(A): total 61 with at least 56 in each of the Communicative Skills scores

  • CAE and CPE: total 176 with at least 169 in each paper

  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components

Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your degree programme. IELTS, TOEFL, Pearson Test of English and Trinity ISE must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.*

(*Revised 8/11/2018 to provide more accurate information on English language qualifications expiry dates.)

Program taught in:
English

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Last updated February 15, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 9, 2019
Duration
1 year
Full-time
Price
30,700 GBP
Overseas/International | Home/EU: £15,500
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