Queen's University Belfast

Degree level: Postgraduate
Awarded by: Queen’s University Belfast

Bioinformatics and Computational Genomics (Taught)

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Course summary

The past decade has seen enormous advances in molecular and biomedical technology resulting in an ‘omics’ revolution. Bioinformatics (health data science) covers the application of mathematics, statistics and computing to biological and clinical scenarios. Algorithms and software tools are used to understand and interpret patient-derived ‘Big Data’ WHAT'S INVOLVED? You will be use data science tools to analyse clinical and ‘omics data in order to find complex patterns relating to patient response to treatments and prognosis. You will discover results that have the potential to translate to the real world, through clinical trials or commercialisation. Using the skills and tools developed in the course you will derive unique solutions to clinical and biological problems. By the end of the degree you will be ready to work within a multidisciplinary team alongside bioinformaticians, biologists and clinicians. You will be taught by active researchers from the Patrick G Johnston Centre for Cancer Research http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/cancer-research/, the Welcome Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine (http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/wwiem/), and the Centre for Public Health (http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/CentreforPublicHealth/). This is complemented by guest lectures from industrial and clinical collaborators. Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible and ideally no later than 31st July 2024 for courses which commence in late September. In the event that any programme receives a high number of applications, the University reserves the right to close the application portal. Notifications to this effect will appear on the Direct Application Portal against the programme application page. Please note a deposit will be required to guarantee a place on the course. Due to high demand, applications may not be considered if the course has reached its maximum class size and will be placed on a waiting list. Please see deposit terms and conditions for more details.


For more information please see http://www.qub.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate-taught/bioinformatics-computational-genomics-msc

How to apply

International applicants

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.

Entry requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in a Natural Science subject, Mathematics, Computer Science, or a relevant medical or life sciences subject (e.g. Genetics, Molecular Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Physics or Statistics). A medical (MB) or dental degree (BDS) is also considered. Applicants must have completed (and passed at equivalent of UK 2:1 standard) a subject/module from any of the following groups: 1. genetics/genomics/molecular biology/biomedical science 2. chemistry/medicinal chemistry/biochemistry 3. mathematics/statistics-related subjects 4. computing/computer science/informatics. Intercalating Medical and Dental Applicants: i) QUB: Intercalating medical and dental students within QUB will be considered if: a) they have successfully completed the third year of their course at first attempt and b) have achieved at least an Upper Second Class Honours degree standard. c) have permission to intercalate from either the Director of Medical Education or Dentistry as appropriate. ii) External: An external medical or dental student wishing to intercalate will be considered if: a) They have successfully completed all assessments at first attempt for the year in which they are applying. b) Achieved at least an overall Upper Second Class Honours degree standard as determined by their University iii) International: • Applicants who are currently studying an overseas Medical (e.g. MBBS or MBChB) or Dental degree at a recognised institution acceptable to the University, may apply. • Applicants must have passed all assessments at first attempt for the year in which they are applying, normally 3rd year for those completing a 5 year programme or 4th year for those completing a 6 year programme. • Applicants may be required to provide details of the medical or dental curriculum they are studying in order to confirm compatibility.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

For tuition fee information relating to this course please see the University's Postgraduate Tuition Fee website - http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/PostgraduateStudy/TuitionFees.

Sponsorship information

For more information on funding and scholarships for Postgraduate study, please see http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/PostgraduateStudy/FundingandScholarships/

Bioinformatics and Computational Genomics at Queen's University Belfast - UCAS