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Bioinformatics / Genetic Epidemiology & Bioinformatics (MSc/PgDip/PgCert)

Course Description

This course intends to develop the appropriate complementary skills to provide students with the multidisciplinary genetic epidemiological and bioinformatic skill-set required to work effectively in the post genomic era. It offers knowledge and expertise in computational and statistical biosciences for careers in academic research, biotechnology, the pharmaceutical and health care industries.

The MSc course can be completed on a one-year full-time basis or on a part-time basis, generally over three years. The course is based on the collaboration of academic staff with expertise in statistics, biosciences, computer science, genetic epidemiology and bioinformatics from departments across the University. Students will study nine from eleven modules.

The Core I and Core II modules will enable students to obtain a broad understanding of biosciences, biostatistics and bioinformatics. By having the opportunity to choose from the Specialist Option modules, the student is able to specialise in either genetic epidemiology or bioinformatics, providing a tailored approach to future career development. The MSc students are required to undertake a research project to examine in-depth issues related to the specialist area. Individual modules can also be taken as independent units.

Assessment of modules is by a combination of examination and project assessments; the MSc also requires successful completion of a written dissertation.

Visit the Bioinformatics / Genetic Epidemiology & Bioinformatics (MSc/PgDip/PgCert) page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Phillip Leonard (MSc Genetic Counselling)

The MSc in Genetic Counselling allowed me to combine my scientific interests in genetics and medicine with professional training in counselling skills. The course is vital preparation for a career in genetic counselling. Cardiff is a lively, friendly and diverse student city, and the University provides superb resources to support postgraduates both academically and socially, not least the excellent Graduate Centre.

(Student Profile)

Shalini Sri Ranganatham (Paediatric Clinical Pharmacology)

"The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) offered me a PhD scholarship to study at Cardiff University. Having a PhD is a requirement in my academic field, and I am interested in learning more about my subject. I want to re-join my department in Sri Lanka and get involved with academic and clinical work, and to set up a paediatric clinical pharmacology unit based on what I learned here. Studying in Cardiff will give me all the possible opportunities to reach my goal to become an independent and self-directed academic. I feel like a 'knowledge bridge' between the university here and the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka."


Cardiff University Masters Excellence Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

“This scholarship package will give high-calibre students the opportunity to study at a world-leading, research-intensive university and help ease the associated financial burdens.”Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-ChancellorWe are pleased to announce that the Taught Master's Excellence Scholarship Scheme for 2016/17 entry has been confirmed.We are committed to invest up to a total of £500,000 in this high value competitive scholarship scheme to support UK and EU students who are planning to start an eligible master's programme in September 2016.The scholarships are each worth a minimum of £3,000 and will be awarded in the form of a tuition fee discount.Scholarships will be awarded based on academic excellence.

Value of Scholarship(s)

min. £3000


Eligible programmes include taught full-time and part-time taught programmes leading to a master's. Not included are our distance learning programmes and taught programmes leading to a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, as well as research master's such as the MPhil and MRes.‘Home’ and ‘EU’ students only (as classified for fee paying purposes, tuition fee status is determined after submitting an application to study) who are accepted on to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master's degree, and with a firm focus on academic excellence.For applicants from countries outside the European Union, we also offer a range of highly prestigious international scholarships.

Application Procedure

We have two deadlines after which scholarship decisions will be made:6 April and 27 July 2016.The Masters Excellence Scholarship application form can be accessed once you have submitted an application to study to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master’s degree. Please note the additional details on our website and in the guidance documents provided.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Students should have a good initial degree in Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, Medicine, Psychology or a Bioscience such as Biology, Molecular Biology, Microbiology etc and have an interest and basic ability in computers or statistics. At the discretion of School, non-graduates whose lack of formal academic qualifications is compensated for by relevant work experience (normally a minimum of two years) may also be admitted.

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