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What will I learn?

Course description

Our MSc Bioinformatics and Systems Biology course looks at two concepts that complement each other and reflect the skills currently sought by employers in academia and industry.

Bioinformatics is changing as high throughput biological data collection becomes more systems-oriented, with employers seeking people who can work across both disciplines.

Enormous success has been achieved in bioinformatics, such as in defining homologous families of sequences at the DNA, RNA, and protein levels. However, our appreciation of function is changing rapidly as experimental analysis scales up to cellular and organismal viewpoints.

At these levels, we are interested in the properties of a network of interacting components as a system, as well as the components themselves.

Our MSc reflects these exciting developments, providing an integrated programme taught by researchers at the forefront of fields spanning bioinformatics, genomics and systems biology.

You will gain theoretical and practical knowledge of methods to analyse and interpret the data generated by modern biology. This involves the appreciation of biochemistry and molecular biology, together with IT and computer science techniques that will prepare you for multidisciplinary careers in research.

Aims

This course aims to:

  • provide a biological background to the data types of genomics, proteomics and metabolomics;
  • develop the computational and analytical understanding necessary as a platform for processing biological data;
  • demonstrate applications and worked examples in the fields of bioinformatics and systems biology, integrating with student involvement through project work.

Teaching and learning

We use a range of teaching and learning methods, including lectures, practicals, group discussions, problem classes and e-learning.

Research projects provide experience of carrying out a substantive research project, including the planning, execution and communication of original scientific research.

Coursework and assessment

Research projects are assessed by written report, poster and oral presentations. Taught units are assessed through both coursework and exams.

Career opportunities

Our graduates acquire a wide range of subject-specific and transferable skills and extensive research experience.

The combination of systems biology and bioinformatics addressed in this course reflects the current skills sought in academic and industrial (eg pharmaceutical) settings.

Around half of each class find PhD positions straight after the MSc, while others find positions in the biosciences, health data and IT industries, or build upon their training to enter careers in biology and IT.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Study options

Full Time (12 months)

Tuition fees
£25,000.00 (US$ 34,409) per year
The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

The University of Manchester

Oxford Road,

Manchester,

M13 9PL, England

Entry requirements

For international students

We require an honours degree (minimum Upper Second) or overseas equivalent : biological sciences; medical sciences physical sciences; computing sciences subject; With sufficient evidence of the relevant units taken. We may also consider exceptional applicants with a Lower Second who also have research experience or equivalent professional experience. International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system. Specifically, we require a minimum of: IELTS: 6.5 overall with 6.5 or above in each component; TOEFL: 90 internet-based with 22 or above in each component

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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