Bioinformatics is a major growth area in research and industry; hence qualified bioinformaticians are in high demand. The MSc in Bioinformatics is a one-year full-time course for biological sciences graduates which will equip you with the theoretical and practical analytical skills necessary for a career in this multidisciplinary field.
The course comprises taught modules and guided research, and culminates in a four-month project placement in industry, a research institute or a University of Leicester research lab.
You will work on a Linux laptop on which you install and develop your own Bioinformatics toolkit. During the course this laptop is provided as a loan by the University of Leicester. Ownership of the laptop will be transferred free of charge to you on the successful completion of the course. Also, all students have access to the course server during the course.
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2:2 degree (or equivalent) in Biological Sciences or related discipline. We will also consider appropriate experience in industry.
English Language Requirements: IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.
Introduction to UNIX and Linux – Essential Computing Skills
Programming: Java and Databases for Bioinformatics
Programming: Perl for Bioinformatics
Algorithms for Bioinformatics
Gene and Genome Analysis
Steered Research Project
Project: Building on the skills you have acquired in the taught modules and the steered research project, you will undertake a three month project involving original, independent research. Each project is carried out under individual supervision - in research groups at the University of Leicester or externally.
Bioinformatics is a major growth area and qualified bioinformaticians are in high demand. An explosion in biological data has resulted from genome projects, next generation sequencing and other ´omics´ techniques. Bioinformatics provides the tools to analyse and exploit such data sets.
The research training you receive and the research project you conduct will provide skills that PhD supervisors and employers value highly.
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