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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Biological Sciences

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    MSc: 1 year full-time, PgDip: 9 months full-time

  • Course Type

    MSc, PgDip

  • Course Fees

    Tuition fees vary between degree programmes. Find the specific fees for your chosen programme on our website.

  • Last Updated

    02 November 2018

Course content

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.


Visit the Bioinformatics (MSc/PgDip) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

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