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Bioinformatics and Computational Genomics, M.Sc.

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  • 12 months
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Our MSc Bioinformatics and Computational Genomics course from Queen's University Belfast has been designed to equip the next generation of bioinformatics graduates with the skills and knowledge to tackle the major challenge in medical research: how to translate ‘big data’ analysis into personalised treatments for patients.

About

The past decade has seen enormous advances in molecular and biomedical technology resulting in the ‘omics’ revolution. Bioinformatics covers the application of mathematics, statistics and computing to biological and clinical scenarios. It involves the application and development of algorithms and software to understand and interpret ‘Big Data', which is driving medical research, discovery and practice.

What's Involved?

You’ll be looking at clinical and omics data to find patterns that others can’t see, which relate to patient response to treatments and prognosis. You’ll discover results that translate to the real world, through commercialisation or clinical trials to tackle diseases. You’ll use your vision to find unique solutions to clinical and biological problems, and by the end of the degree you’ll be ready to work within a multidisciplinary team alongside bioinformaticians, biologists and clinicians, dissemination and application of cutting edge research, knowledge transfer and the commercialisation of research ideas and innovations.

Bioinformatics and Computational Genomics Highlights

'Big data' can provide the key to unlocking the cause and development of various diseases, such as cancer. It also, offers the prospect of developing new drugs and therapies to prevent and treat conditions and diseases in the 21st century.

Internationally Renowned Experts

  • You'll be involved with our Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology, who work with partners around the world in developing cancer treatments and pioneering advances in patient care. The Centre has an international reputation for successful dissemination and application of cutting edge research, knowledge transfer and the commercialisation of research ideas and innovations.

Career Prospects

The rapid production of 'omics' data within medicine and the life sciences has meant that individuals with analytical experience in this field are highly sought after. Recent graduates have gone on to work in industry in companies such as Almac Diagnostics, Biokinetic Europe and Fios Genomics and some have gone onto further PHD level research.

Employment after the Course Many of our students go on to pursue further PhD study in Bioinformatics at Queen’s and further afield. Others go on to work in a variety of roles in both the private and public sector here in Northern Ireland and internationally. The following are some of the jobs they have taken on:

  • Bioinformatician at Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
  • Application Scientist at Dotmatics
  • Network and Security Engineer at Darktrace
  • Junior Bioinformatic Scientist at Almac Group
  • Bioinformatician at Fios Genomics Ltd
  • Biomedical Scientist and Junior Bioinformatician, BioKinetic Europe

 

Programme Structure

You’ll begin with an introductory short course (two weeks at the beginning of the first semester) in Cell Biology, followed by modules in:

  • Digital Pathology
  • Applied Genomics
  • Analysis of Gene Expression
  • Genomics and Human Disease
  • Scientific Programming and Statistical Computing
  • Biostatistical Informatics
  • Research Project: Dissertation

            Detailed Programme Facts

            • Programme intensity Full-time
              • Full-time duration 12 months
            • Credits
              180 alternative credits
            • Languages
              • English
            • Delivery mode
              On Campus

            English Language Requirements

            You only need to take one of these language tests:

            • Minimum required score:

              90

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              6.5

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            • Minimum required score (Grade B2):

              176

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            Academic Requirements

            You need the following GPA score:

            Required score: Upper Second Class

            Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

            Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

            A 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in a Natural Science subject, Mathematics, Computer Science, or a relevant medical or life sciences subject (e.g. Genetics, Molecular Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Physics or Statistics). A medical (MB) or dental degree (BDS) is also considered.

            Tuition Fee

            • International Applies to you

              15700 GBP/year
              Tuition Fee
              Based on the original amount of 15700 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
            • EU/EEA Applies to you

              5500 GBP/year
              Tuition Fee
              Based on the original amount of 5500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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            Living costs for Belfast

            • 561 - 890 GBP/month
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