MSc in Bioinformatics

General

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Program 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.

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

You must take these courses:

  • Bioinformatics Programming and System Management (Semester 1)
  • Research Proposal (Bioinformatics) (Semester 2)
  • Statistics and Data Analysis (Semester 1)
  • MSc Dissertation (Bioinformatics) (Semester 2 and beyond)
Course options

Semester 1
Select exactly 20 credits of the following courses:

  • Bioinformatics 1
  • Molecular Modelling and Database Mining
  • Quantitating drug binding
  • Information Processing in Biological Cells
  • Practical Systems Biology
  • Foundations in Responsible Research and Innovation

Semester 2
Select exactly 50 credits of the following courses:

  • Introduction to web site and database design for drug discovery
  • Next-Generation Genomics
  • Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation (10 credit)
  • Software Development
  • Functional Genomic Technologies
  • Bioinformatics Algorithms
  • Drug Discovery (MSc Level)
  • Comparative and Evolutionary Genomics
  • Controversies in the Data Society
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.

English language requirements

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

English language tests

For 2021 entry we will accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic: a total of 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each component.
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition): total 92 with at least 20 in each section. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • CAE and CPE: total 176 with at least 169 in each paper.
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components.

For 2022 entry we will accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic: total 7.0 (at least 6.0 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition): total 100 (at least 20 in each module). We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 169 in each module)
  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Degrees taught and assessed in English

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:

We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.

Last updated Nov 2020

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