The aim of this MSc is to equip you with a strong background in biology, plus the computing skills and knowledge necessary to navigate the vast wealth of modern biological data. On completing this programme you will be able to take up PhD studies or bioinformatics posts in academia or in industry.
The Bioinformatics programme at The University of Edinburgh covers programming skills, statistical analysis and database science as well as bioinformatics. Option courses allow you to specialise in several aspects of bioinformatics.
The MSc comprises two semesters of taught courses followed by a research project and dissertation. The project is a key element in deciding how your career in bioinformatics should develop further. Teaching is through lectures, tutorials, seminars, computer practicals and lab demonstrations.
The programme is good preparation for further academic research or for technical or managerial roles in various commercial sectors, from medical electronics to defence.
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- The research project is carried out independently, but under the guidance of a supervisor, during the summer, with results presented in a dissertation.
- A wide range of projects is available through both the School of Biological Sciences and the School of Informatics.
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- 12 months
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- StartingApply anytime.
We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application.
DisciplinesBiology Health Informatics Bioinformatics View 524 other Masters in Biology in United Kingdom
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- A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in biological sciences. You must have a strong background in molecular biology, biochemistry or related sciences and some experience of computer science or mathematics.
- We will also consider your application if you have a background in chemistry, physics, mathematics or engineering.
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International35900 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 35900 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
National18100 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 18100 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
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Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.