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MSc - Master of Science

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Course Summary

Bioinformatics is a major growth area in research and industry; hence qualified bioinformaticians are in high demand. The MSc in Bioinformatics is a one-year full-time course for biological sciences graduates which will equip you with the theoretical and practical analytical skills necessary for a career in this multidisciplinary field.

The course material is taught using a combination of lectures, problem-solving, small group work, drop-in sessions and self-directed learning. The taught modules are assessed by in-module assessments and by exams. The research projects are assessed on your independence, initiative and understanding whilst performing the project, plus a final oral presentation and the production of a final report published on the web or the submission of a final dissertation.

Bioinformatics is a major growth area and qualified bioinformaticians are in high demand. An explosion in biological data has resulted from genome projects, next generation sequencing and other omics techniques. Bioinformatics provides the tools to analyse and exploit such data sets.

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1 year

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In this module you will study the very broad role bioinformatics plays in the fields of genetics and genomics. We will look at the basic molecular and cellular processes underlying gene expression, genome structure and evolution as well as the techniques used to study them. We will investigate genome sequencing and genome annotation, and the emerging areas of functional and comparative genomics. Since statistical analyses underpin many informatic challenges in biology, we will explore these analyses and the statistical tools supporting them (specifically the R programming language) in the context of two major application areas -transcriptomics, and molecular evolution and phylogeny. We will also consider the role of statistics in genetic mapping and genetic epidemiology.

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Entry requirements

Students should have 2:2 degree (or equivalent) in Biological Sciences or related discipline. We will also consider appropriate experience in industry.

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