The MSc in Bioinformatics provides intensive training in software development, database technologies and modern molecular genetics for graduate scientists from both biological and non-biological backgrounds. Vocational skills are also recognised in admission onto the programme. Demand for multi-skilled graduates is growing as industry, academia and the public sector increasingly respond to advances in genome biology and this programme provides the relevant skills to meet this need. The programme consists of lectures taught over 3 terms with a final term project conducted during a placement facilitating the development of practical skills.
With the completion of the human genome project, we are faced with a revolution in our understanding of complex biological systems and in the treatment of disease. The ability to efficiently manage and interrogate the wealth of DNA sequence information requires a combination of computational methodologies and molecular genetic expertise. However, there exists a shortage in appropriately skilled individuals and Buckingham offers an excellent environment in which to undergo intensive training in these disciplines.
The course aims to give students an understanding of computer programming languages, the application of computational algorithms to resolving biological problems and database creation and information mining. Students will complete the course having gained the transferable skills of computer programming, database techniques, oral and written communication skills and algorithm design.
The increasing specialisation which is frequently required in the employment market is no longer provided by just an undergraduate degree. A postgraduate degree provides these advanced skills and, in today’s competitive employment market, is becoming increasingly important in order to stand out from the crowd.
Any successful career choice in the market place will be dependent on a number of factors. Your academic qualification, while important, may not be the deciding factor. Your attitude, skills and experience matter too. Whatever your motivation in taking a postgraduate course, you should think about the transferable skills an employer is seeking, and taking advantage of every opportunity for self-development to improve your chances of success in your future career. The Careers Service has the resources to help you with this process.