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.
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.
Bioinformatics Programming & System Management Bioinformatics Research Proposal MSc Dissertation (Bioinformatics) Statistics & Data Analysis
Bioinformatics 1 Human–Computer Interaction Information Processing in Biological Cells Molecular Modelling and Database Mining Quantitating Drug Binding Text Technologies Bioinformatics Algorithms Bioinformatics 2 Computational Systems Biology Data Mining and Exploration Functional Genomic Technologies Introduction to Website and Database Design for Drug Discovery Molecular Phylogenetics Next Generation Genomics Software Architecture, Process, and Management Drug Discovery Introduction to Java Programming
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.
The programme is good preparation for further academic research or for technical or managerial roles in various commercial sectors, from medical electronics to defence.
The minimum entry requirement is a UK 2:1 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. Students with degrees in chemistry, physics, mathematics or engineering will be considered.
Recipient: University of Edinburgh
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