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MSc Bioinformatics and Computational Genomics

University/Institute: Queen's University Belfast
Location: United Kingdom - Belfast
Focus: Bioinformatics
Recommended Undergraduate Degrees: Biology, Computer Science, Math/Statistics
Degree Offered: MS/MSc/MA/M.Eng (1 year)MS/MSc/MA/M.Eng (Major/Primary Degree)

Program Goals:

The past decade has seen an enormous progress in molecular and biomedical technology. Managing and analyzing this huge amount of data is a challenging task. Further demand for specialists in Bioinformatics and Computational Genomics can be expected from advances in Personalised Medicine. Particularly in this area statistical and computational methods have proven to be useful in recent years. In response to this demand the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences at Queen's is offering a new Master of Science degree programme in Bioinformatics and Computational Genomics. The programme can only be taken as a full-time 1-year course.

Course Content:
Cell Biology; Scientific Scientific Programming and Statistical Computing; Genomics and Genetics; Bioimaging Informatics; Algorithmic Biology; Statistical Biology; Analysis of Gene Expression; Research Project (Dissertation).

Assessment:
Assessment for the modules will be based on 100% coursework/in-class tests and a pass/fail written examination at the end of each semester. The written examination covers all topics taught in different modules (plus short course in Semester 1) together, i.e. there is only a single written integrated examination at the end of each term.

The pass mark for all assessments is 50%. Students must obtain an overall 50% pass mark for taught courses (6 modules and one short course) before proceeding to the Dissertation. Students who pass all the taught modules and exams but who fail to achieve a mark of at least 50% in the dissertation are eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Bioinformatics and Computational Genomics.

Opportunities for Careers:
Students completing the programme will have the necessary skills and knowledge to undertake research and development in industry (Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical Companies), medical research centres and in academic institutions.

Entrance Requirements:
Successful completion of an undergraduate degree programme with a grade average of at least 60% or a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in a Natural Science subject, Mathematics, Computer Science, or a relevant medical subject (e.g., Genetics, Molecular Biology, Biomedical Sciences).

How to Apply:
WWW: http://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/mdbs/ProspectiveStudents/pgd


Additional Information

Year Program Established: 2013
Scholarships/assistanceships may be available: Yes
Type of academic terms: Semester

Average number of applicants per year: 0
Average number of applicants accepted per year: 0
Average number of incoming students per year: 0
Average number of graduates per year: 0

Program URL: http://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/mdbs/pgd/PT/MScBioinformaticsandComputationalGenomics/

Contact Person: Professor Peter Hamilton ( p.hamilton@qub.ac.uk )

Last updated: May 09, 2014

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