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Bioinformatics and Computational Biosciences

MSc
Duration: 1 year
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: MSc
Suitable for international students
Start date: September
Faculty of Life Sciences
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Overview

Bioinformatics is a branch of the life sciences that focus on analysing and integrating big data acquired in biomedical experimentation.

Over the last couple of years '-omics' technologies have transformed healthcare practice, biomedical research and industry, and there is a shortage of biomedical graduates with bioinformatics training in the advanced healthcare sector.

Our programme will provide you with essential skills in both molecular and computational techniques. You will learn how to design and perform experiments, and efficiently analyse next-generation sequencing data. You will acquired research data mining skills for Biological Sciences, Transcriptomics, Genomics, Proteomics and Metagenomics. 

It will equip you for careers in the private (e.g. pharmaceutical, biotechnology or food industry, forensic/veterinary laboratories) or public (e.g. academia, NHS) sectors.

Why Bradford?

Employability is a key focus of the programmes here at Bradford. We collaborate with industry partners through our Industry Advisory Board and their input shapes the curriculum, ensuring you gain the skills employers in the sector value and that are currently in short supply. You’ll have the opportunity to work on and contribute to real life research projects whilst you’re studying.

Our facilities are cutting-edge, and include the unique Centre for Skin Sciences and the Institute of Cancer Therapeutics, as well as the Analytical Centre. These centres feature specialised equipment and are in the forefront of research and development of the understanding and treatment of health related challenges in the modern world.

Our staff are research active and embed outcomes of their world leading research into the design of our courses, ensuring that you are equipped not just for the job market today, but are well prepared for the future.

Entry requirements

2:2 or above in any aspect of the Biological Sciences or Biosciences or related Life Sciences courses.

A medical degree would also be appropriate.

English language requirements:

For students whose first language is not English a minimum International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score at 6.0 or the equivalent is required, with a minimum score of 5.5 in any sub-unit.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.

Modules

The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

  • Next Generation Sequencing Technologies (core, 20 credits)
  • Introduction to Bioinformatics Analysis (core, 20 credits)
  • Research & Analytical Methods (core, 20 credits)
  • Experimental Design (core, 20 credits)
  • Applied Bioinformatics for Biosciences (core, 20 credits)
  • Skin Biology, Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine (core, 20 credits)
  • Research Project (core, 60 credits)

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Research

The programme encourages cutting-edge cross-disciplinary research. It offers an opportunity for students to become global leaders in the biomedical industry.

There is a rapid and exponential rise in the amount of genomics sequence data (in all its forms), and UK research councils have identified the bioinformatics sector as a key driver for growth in the industrial and medical biotechnology, pharmaceutical and health markets, and have made it a key priority area for investment.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees

2018/19:

  • Home/EU - £7,960
    International - £18,480

Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

You may be eligible to apply for the government's new Postgraduate Loan to put towards your fees and living costs.

How do I find out more?

Steps to Postgraduate Study

Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).

How to apply

The easiest way to apply is online.

This will help us process your application more quickly and allow you to submit your supporting documents electronically.

If you are unable to apply online, please email admissions@bradford.ac.uk to request a paper application form.

We will also need the following supporting documents, along with any other information specified on the course page:

  • Degree certificates/transcripts
  • Research proposal (if required)
  • Two references (including one academic reference)
  • Evidence of English language level (if required)
  • A copy of your passport

Once you have applied you will have access to the University's Applicant Portal, where you can track the status of your application.

You should also start thinking about how you plan to fund your postgraduate study — you may need to apply for loans or grants at this stage.

International students

If you applying from outside the UK and require additional support you may apply through your country representative.

They can help you at every stage and communicate with the University on your behalf. They often provide additional services to ensure your smooth arrival to the UK such as visa application support and assistance with your travel arrangements.

Further information is available on our International Office website.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.