University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

Bioinformatics

The aim of this programme is to equip students with a strong background in biology, plus the computing skills and knowledge necessary to navigate the vast wealth of modern biological data. The programme covers programming skills, statistical analysis and database science as well as bioinformatics; optional courses allow students to specialise in several aspects of bioinformatics.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a UK 2.1 degree, or its international equivalent, in biological sciences; applicants must have a strong background in molecular biology, biochemistry or related sciences and some experience of computer science or mathematics; students with degrees in chemistry, physics, mathematics or engineering are considered; applicants whose 1st language is not English require: IELTS 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in each module); TOEFL internet-based test 92 (with at least 20 in each module); PTE 61 (with at least 56 in each of the communicative skills sections); or CPE grade C or CAE grade B.

Course modules

Core modules include: bioinformatics programming and system management; bioinformatics research proposal; MSc dissertation (bioinformatics); statistics and data analysis. Optional modules include: bioinformatics 1; human-computer interaction; information processing in biological cells; molecular modelling and database mining; quantitating drug binding; text technologies; bioinformatics algorithms; bioinformatics 2; computational systems biology; data mining and exploration; functional genomic technologies; introduction to website and database design for drug discovery; molecular phylogenetics; next generation genomics; software architecture, process, and management; drug discovery.

Assessment methods

Research project.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,000 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 25,900 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,000 per Year 1 (England) 9 months
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 25,900 per Year 1 (International) 9 months
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 9 months
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 9 months
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 9 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Edinburgh Edinburgh EH8 9JU Scotland

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Key information

Contact: 
Programme Administrator
Telephone number: 
0131 651 7052