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Bioinformatics and Systems Biology MSc


Course Description

Course Description

Bioinformatics is changing as high throughput biological data collection becomes more Systems oriented. This means that employers are looking for people able to work across the traditional disciplines. The MSc in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology at Manchester reflects these exciting developments, providing an integrated programme taught by researchers at the forefront of fields spanning Bioinformatics, Genomics and Systems Biology.

Bioinformatics has been an identifiable discipline for more than a decade, driven by the computational demands of high volumes of biological data. It incorporates both the development and application of algorithms to decipher biological relationships. Enormous success has been achieved, for example 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 in a system, as well as the components themselves. The concepts or Systems Biology and Bioinformatics complement each other, and both are addressed in this course. This combination reflects the current skills sought in academic and industrial (e.g. pharmaceutical) settings. An important feature is the extent to which computational biology is concerned with finding patterns in biological data, and generating hypotheses that feed back into experiments.

You will be based in the top-rated Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Manchester. Teaching is delivered by more than 10 academic staff working in the fields of Bioinformatics, Genomics and Systems Biology, representing the breadth and depth of these areas across Faculties.

Visit the Bioinformatics and Systems Biology MSc page on the University of Manchester website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold (or be about to obtain) a first or upper second class honours degree from the United Kingdom, or the overseas equivalent, in a biological, medical, physical or computing sciences subject, with sufficient evidence in relevant modules taken. Exceptional applicants with a 2:2 with some research experience or equivalence would also be considered. For MSc applicants whose first language is not English an IELTS score of 6.5 in each component, TOEFL 577 (paper based), TOEFL 233 (computer based) or TOEFL 90 (internet based) is required as a minimum.

Course Fees

For academic year beginning September 2016, the tuition fees are £9,000 per annum for UK/EU students; £20,000 per annum for international students.


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