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Bioinformatics, Polyomics and Systems Biology - MSc/PGDip


Course Description

This Masters in Bioinformatics, Polyomics and Systems Biology is a new, exciting and innovative programme that has grown out of our well-regarded MRes in Bioinformatics. Bioinformatics is a discipline at the interface between biology and computing and is used in organismal biology, molecular biology and biomedicine. ‘Polyomics’ is a new term used to describe the modern integrated approach to biological analysis involving genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics and systems-level datasets. The MSc Bioinformatics programme focuses on using computers to glean new insights from DNA, RNA and protein sequence data and related data at the molecular level through data storage, mining, analysis and display - all of which form a core part of modern biology.

Why this programme

-Our programme emphasises understanding core principles in practical bioinformatics and functional genomics, and then implementing that understanding in a series of practical-based elective courses in Semester 2 and in a summer research project.
-You will benefit from being taught by scientists at the cutting edge of their field and you will get intensive, hands-on experience in an active research lab during the summer research project.
-Bioinformatics and the 'Omics' technologies have evolved to play a fundamental role in almost all areas of biology and biomedicine.
-Advanced biocomputing skills are now deemed essential for many PhD studentships/projects in molecular bioscience and biomedicine, and are of increasing importance for many other such projects.
-The Semester 2 elective courses are built around real research scenarios, enabling you not only to gain practical experience of working with large molecular datasets, but also to see why each scenario uses the particular approaches it does and how to go about organizing and implementing appropriate analysis pipelines.
-You will be based in the College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences, an ideal environment in which to train in bioinformatics; our College has carried out internationally-recognised research in functional genomics and systems biology.
-The new programme reflects the development and activities of 'Glasgow Polyomics'. Glasgow Polyomics is a world-class facility set up in 2012 to provide research services using microarray, proteomics, metabolomics and next-generation DNA sequencing technologies. Its scientists have pioneered the 'polyomics' approach, in which new insights come from the integration of data across different omics levels.
-In addition, we have several world-renowned research centres at the University, such as the Wellcome Trust Centre for Molecular Parasitology and the Wolfson Wohl Cancer Research Centre, whose scientists do ground-breaking research employing bioinformatic approaches in the study of disease.
-You will learn computer programming in courses run by staff in the internationally reputed School of Computing Science, in conjunction with their MSc in Information Technology.

Programme structure

Bioinformatics helps biologists gain new insights about genomes (genomics) and genes, about RNA expression products of genes (transcriptomics) and about proteins (proteomics); rapid advances have also been made in the study of cellular metabolites (metabolomics) and in a newer area: systems biology.

‘Polyomics’ involves the integration of data from these ‘functional genomics’ areas - genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics - to derive new insights about how biological systems function.

The programme structure is designed to equip students with understanding and hands-on experience of both computing and biological research practices relating to bioinformatics and functional genomics, to show students how the computing approaches and biological questions they are being used to answer are connected, and to give students an insight into new approaches for integration of data and analysis across the 'omics' domains.

On this programme, you will develop a range of computing and programming skills, as well as skills in data handling, analysis (including statistics) and interpretation, and you will be brought up to date with recent advances in biological science that have been informed by bioinformatics approaches.

The programme has the following overall structure
-Core material - 60 credits, Semester 1, made up of 10, 15 and 20 credit courses.
-Elective material - 60 credits, Semester 2, students select 4 courses (two 10 credit courses and two 20 credit courses) from those available.
-Project - 60 credits, 14 weeks embedded in a research group over the summer.

Core and optional courses

Core courses include:
-Programming (Java)
-Database Theory and Application
-Foundations of Bioinformatics
-Omics and Systems Approaches in Biology
-These 4 courses are obligatory for those taking the MSc degree and the PgDip; they are also obligatory for those with no prior programming experience taking the PgCert.
-60-credit summer research project lasting 14 weeks - this is also obligatory for those taking the MSc programme; normally this will be with one of the research laboratories in Glasgow associated with the programme, but there is also the opportunity to study in suitable laboratories in other parts of the world

Optional courses include:
-RNA-seq and next generation transcriptomics
-Metagenomics
-Pathogen Polyomics
-Cancer Genomics - NGS and functional analysis methods
-Disease Pathway Analysis - Systems Approaches and De Novo Pathway Mapping
-Using Chemical Structure Databases in Drug Discovery for Protein Targets
-Identification of disease-causing genetic variants
-A range of more general biology and computing biology courses are also available in semester 2

Career prospects

Most of our graduates embark on a research career path here in the UK or abroad using the skills they've acquired on our programme - these skills are now of primary relevance in many areas of modern biology and biomedicine. Many are successful in getting a PhD studentship. Others are employed as a core bioinformatician (now a career path within academia in its own right) or as a research assistant in a research group in basic biological or medical science. A postgraduate degree in bioinformatics is also valued by many employers in the life sciences sector - e.g. computing biology jobs in biotechnology/biosciences/neuroinformatics/pharma industry. Some of our graduates have entered science-related careers in scientific publishing or education; others have gone into computing-related jobs in non-bioscience industry or the public sector.

Visit the Bioinformatics, Polyomics and Systems Biology - MSc/PGDip page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

Student Profiles
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Lord Kelvin/Adam Smith Scholarships - 10 Awards

The prestigious Lord Kelvin/Adam Smith PhD Scholarship scheme was established in 2007 to support the development of innovative, boundary-crossing research at the University of Glasgow. The scheme supports new partnerships between members of staff and will offer outstanding research students both from home and abroad the opportunity to undertake doctoral training in the context of cutting edge interdisciplinary research projects. The Kelvin Smith PhD Scholarships are project-based and the projects will be listed from the beginning of December each year.Each scholarship will run for up to 4 years and will provide the successful students with a full fee waiver from the host College and an annual stipend at UK Research Council recommended rates (estimated to be £14, 002 for 2015/16). In addition the project will benefit from an annual consumables budget for research and travel costs of up to £5300.

Value of Scholarship(s)

13,590

Eligibility

Eligibiity criteria vary depending on the project for which you are applying. You should contact the Project Lead in the first instance or consult the instructions outlined after the project description.

Application Procedure

Details of the shortlisted Kelvin Smith PhD Scholarship projects available for commencement during academic session 2015/16. Of the 20 potential projects advertised below only 10 scholarships will be awarded based on the quality of the applicant and the project. The Selection Committee will meet during February 2015.If you are interested in applying for any of the projects, you should contact the Project Lead in the first instance or follow specific instructions as outlined after the project description.

Further Information

http://www.gla.ac.uk/t4/international/files/forms/scholarships/view_scholarships.php?scholarship_ID=183


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Aga Khan Foundation - International Scholarship Programme - No. of awards TBC

The Aga Khan Foundation provides a limited number of scholarships each year for postgraduate studies to outstanding students from select developing countries who have no other means of financing their studies, in order to prepare them for employment, primarily within the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).
The Foundation gives priority to requests for Master's level courses but may consider applications for PhD programmes, in the case of outstanding students who are highly recommended for doctoral studies by their professors and who need a PhD for the fulfilment of their career objectives (academic or research oriented).
Applications for short-term courses are not considered; neither are applications from students who have already started their course of study.To be eligible applicants must
- Be nationals of the following countries: Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Syria, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Madagascar and Mozambique. May also be considered those originally from these countries but currently living in France, Portugal, UK, USA and Canada, who are interested in development-related studies and who have no other means of financing their education.
- Demonstrate consistently excellent academic records
- Show evidence of genuine financial need
- Have obtained admission to a highly reputable university or programme of study
- Establish relevance of the field of study to AKDN’s focus areas
- Provide thoughtful and coherent educational and career plans, their extra-curricular interests and achievements, potential to achieve their goals and likelihood to succeed in a foreign academic environment.
- Have some years of work experience in their field of interest.Preference is given to students under 30 years of age.Scholarships are awarded on a 50% grant : 50% loan basis.
The Foundation assists students with tuition fees and living expenses only. The cost of travel is not included in AKF scholarships. Funding for PhD programmes is only provided for the first two years of study, after which the students are expected to find alternative sources of assistance. Financial assistance is provided according to the needs of students, but the International Scholarship Programme must be considered a lender of last resort. Preference is given to those who have been able to secure some funding from alternative sources.

Value of Scholarship(s)

50% grant : 50% loan basis

Eligibility

- Be nationals of the following countries: Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Syria, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Madagascar and Mozambique. May also be considered those originally from these countries but currently living in France, Portugal, UK, USA and Canada, who are interested in development-related studies and who have no other means of financing their education.
- Demonstrate consistently excellent academic records
- Show evidence of genuine financial need
- Have obtained admission to a highly reputable university or programme of study
- Establish relevance of the field of study to AKDN’s focus areas

Application Procedure

Application forms can be obtained as of 1st January from AKF offices or Aga Khan Education Services/Boards in the applicant’s country of current residence.
The application procedures of AKF's International Scholarship Programme are decentralised. Completed applications should be returned to the agency from which the form was obtained. They should not be sent to Geneva.
Applicants should be prepared to be interviewed by local Scholarship Committees about their financial situation, their academic performance, extra-curricular achievements and career plans. Applications and Interview reports of shortlisted candidates are sent to Geneva for the final selection.
The annual Scholarship Selection Meeting takes place in late June or early July and the Aga Khan Foundation notifies all students of the outcome of their application shortly thereafter.

Further Information

http://www.gla.ac.uk/t4/international/files/forms/scholarships/view_scholarships.php?scholarship_ID=185


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College of Medical Veterinary and Life sciences Graduate School - No. of awards TBC


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Joseph Lister Scholarships - 5 Awards

We bring together internationally-renowned experts in order to advance research in medical, veterinary and life sciences. For September 2015 academic session our College is offering 5 scholarships worth £10,000 each towards the tuition fee of a one year Masters programme.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£10,000

Eligibility

The scholarships will be awarded to applicants from Brazil, Indonesia, Malaysia*, Mexico, Myanmar or Thailand. They are open to students applying to all programmes within the College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences at the University of Glasgow. The criteria for the scholarships is academic excellence and personal achievement, you must be a conditional or unconditional offer holder in order to be considered. Offers will be automatically made to outstanding candidates based on academic merit.

Application Procedure

Email [email protected] with your intention to be put forward for this scholarship, detailing your application number. If you have any questions, please send through to this address also. No separate application is required.
Offers will be automatically made to outstanding candidates based on academic merit.

Further Information

http://www.gla.ac.uk/colleges/mvls/graduateschool/prospectivestudents/pgtscholarships/listerscholarships/


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University of Glasgow Country Scholarships - 20+ Awards

The University of Glasgow award a total of 40 postgraduate scholarships worth £5,000. Scholarships are available to students entering any of the University’s colleges and are awarded as a tuition fee discount.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5,000

Eligibility

- obtain a degree equivalent to a UK 2.1 Hons or better
- hold an offer of a place for a postgraduate taught programme in any of the 4 University Colleges
- be classed as International students for fee purposes be a National of Brazil Canada Egypt Ghana Indonesia Japan Jordan Kenya Malaysia Nigeria Pakistan South Korea Taiwan Thailand or United States of America

Application Procedure

Applicants will be automatically assessed for a scholarship. Offers will be made to outstanding applicants for our postgraduate taught programmes based on academic merit. There is no separate application form required.Students who have been awarded a scholarship will normally be notified within six weeks of making an application. If you do not hear from us within this time, you should assume you have not been awarded a scholarship.

Further Information

http://www.gla.ac.uk/t4/international/files/forms/scholarships/view_scholarships.php?scholarship_ID=150


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University Trust International Leadership Scholarship - 20+ Awards

The University of Glasgow offer 52 University Trust International Leadership scholarships to international (non-EU) students starting a postgraduate taught Masters programme in any discipline. 12 awards worth £10,000 and 40 awards worth £5000 will be awarded as a tuition fees discount.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5,000-£10,000

Eligibility

- demonstrate academic excellence and achieve grades equivalent to UK 1st Class Honours
- hold an offer of a place for a postgraduate taught programme for admission in 2015
- be classed as International students for fee purposes

Application Procedure

Applicants will be automatically assessed for a scholarship. Offers will be made to outstanding applicants for our postgraduate masters programmes based on academic merit. There is no separate application form required.Students who have been awarded a scholarship will normally be notified within six weeks of making an application. If you do not hear from us within this time, you should assume you have not been awarded a scholarship.

Further Information

http://www.gla.ac.uk/t4/international/files/forms/scholarships/view_scholarships.php?scholarship_ID=154



Entry Requirements

Second class Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Professional experience may be taken into account. You do not need to have previous experience in computer programming. We may admit you if your background is outside molecular biology and we are confident that you can develop your understanding of the biology background in a timely manner. If you have a degree in a molecular bioscience and want to enhance your skills in biological computing, this programme is for you. If your background is in non-molecular life science/Computing Science, please apply anyway.

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