Bioinformatics

MSc, 1 year, full-time

This is for you if... you want to study bioinformatics at an advanced level.

Course Description

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.

Key Facts
Start date
January each year
Department
Molecular and Cell Biology
Contact

Mrs Mina Mistry
+44 (0)116 229 7038
biochemistry@le.ac.uk

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology website

Why Leicester?

Bioinformatics is a very practical subject and from day one of the course you will start working on your Linux laptop to develop your own bioinformatics toolkit. Ownership of the laptop is transferred to you, free of charge, on successful completion of the course.

The course is run in a dedicated teaching lab which is ideally suited for working in small groups to ensure optimal student experience.

Course Structure

Modules

Modules

Plus your Independent Research Project

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

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.

Examples of recent projects:

  • Comparative genomics of blood flukes
  • Identifying the transcriptional start sites of L1 retrotransposons
  • Natural variation in miRNA target sequences
  • Unravelling the significance of bidirectional promoters and the function of 'unknown' genes in genomes
  • Constructing whole genome recombination maps from Next Generation Sequencing Data
  • Trawling for satellites and transposons in living fossil genomes

Published project work by MSc Bioinformatics students

  • Saunders GI, Wasmuth JD, Beech R, Lainga R, Hunt M, Naghra H, Cotton JA, Berriman M, Britton C, Gilleard JS. (2013) 'Characterization and comparative analysis of the complete Haemonchus contortus β-tubulin gene family and implications for benzimidazole resistance in strongylid nematodes'. Int. J. Parasitol. vol.43 no.6 pp.465-475 doi:10.1016/j.ijpara.2012.12.011
  • Ray J, Dondrup M, Modha S, Steen IH, Sandaa R-A, et al. (2012) 'Finding a needle in the virus metagenome haystack – Micro-metagenome analysis captures a snapshot of the diversity of a bacteriophage armoire'. PLoS ONE 7(4): e34238. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0034238
  • Malone J, Badarinarayan N, Ison J, Stevens R, Parkinson H. (2010) 'An ontology of bioinformatics software' Bio-Ontologies 2010, a Special Interest Group meeting at ISMB 2010. Boston, MA.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Teaching and Assessment

The course material is taught using a combination of lectures, problem-solving, small group work, drop-in sessions and self-directed learning. The taught modules are assessed by in-module assessments and by exams.

The research projects are assessed on your independence, initiative and understanding whilst performing the project, plus a final oral presentation and the production of a final report published on the web or the submission of a final dissertation.

To bring you right up to date with your chosen topic, you can attend departmental seminars and College Research Theme days that include both visiting and internal speakers.

Research Stories

Entry Requirements

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.

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Fees and Funding

  • This is the total course fee.

    Starting in January 2017

    • £7,500

    Starting in January 2018

    • To be confirmed

    To ensure that a laptop is in place for you at the start of the course, we ask you for a deposit of £750. This deposit will be offset against your course fees.

    Did you know you can apply for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000, subject to eligibility?

    Find out more about scholarships and funding


  • This is the total course fee.

    Starting in January 2017

    • £17,465

    Starting in January 2018

    • To be confirmed

    To ensure that a laptop is in place for you at the start of the course, we ask you for a deposit of £750. This deposit will be offset against your course fees.

    Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Career Opportunities

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.

Careers

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Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
Bioinformatics MSc 1 year full-time January each year Apply Now
Course
Bioinformatics
Qualification
MSc
Duration
1 year full-time
Start Dates
January each year
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