Bioinformatics is a discipline at the interface between biology, computing and statistics and is used in organismal biology, molecular biology and biomedicine. This 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 graphical presentation - all of which form a core part of modern biology.
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’ is an intrinsically systems-level approach involving the integration of data from these ‘functional genomics’ areas - genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics - to derive new insights about how biological systems function.
Gilmorehill Campus is located in the west end of Glasgow, 3 miles from the city centre. This is where you will find our grand main building and many of the University’s teaching and research facilities.
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Minimum English Language Requirements
|English Level Description||IELTS (1.0 -9.0)||TOEFL IBT (0-120)||TOEFL CBT (0-300)||PTE (10-90)|
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Job Opportunity Potential
Most of our graduates embark on a University or Institute-based research career path, here in the UK or abroad, using the skills they've acquired on our programme in fields such as;
- human genetics
- infection and immunity
- human nutrition
- cancer research
- biomedical and translational research
- clinical brain sciences
These skills are now of primary relevance in many areas of modern biology and biomedicine with many successful in getting a PhD studentship.
A postgraduate degree in bioinformatics is also valued by many employers in the life sciences sector, for example, computing biology jobs in:
- pharma industries
Some of our graduates have entered science-related careers in scientific publishing or education. While others have gone into computing-related jobs in non-bioscience industry or the public sector.
Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria
Normally an upper second-class Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Professional experience may be taken into account. Applicants with a lower second-class Honours degree in a relevant subject will be considered on a case by case basis.
Relevant degree subjects are
- all biology degrees with a substantial molecular biology or genetics component.
- other biology degrees with at least some molecular biology.
- computing science, software engineering or IT.
- mathematics or statistics (with evidence of experience in computer programming).
- other physical sciences subjects with either evidence of experience in computer programming or evidence of a strong background in molecular biology.
- For all other degree backgrounds, please consult the programme director for advice before applying.
- You do not need to have previous experience in computer programming, but you should be numerate as part of the programme is spent learning programming and many of the courses involve statistical analysis. 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 specialise or enhance your skills in biological computing, this programme is designed for you.
If your background is in a non-molecular life science or in another discipline such as computing science, please apply anyway, or enquire (see the contact listed above), as we do often take students with other backgrounds.
- Course Type: Full Time
- Course Level: Masters/PG Degree
- Duration: 01 Year
Total Tuition Fee:
Annual Cost of Living: 9207 GBP
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