Bioscience is increasingly data driven, as new bioanalytical techniques deliver ever more data about genes, proteins, metabolites and the interactions between them. Bioinformatics is the discipline tasked with turning all this data into useful information and new biological knowledge, a discipline in which there is a serious shortage of trained people. Without assuming any prior informatics experience, this course gets biologists up to speed with essential bioinformatics skills and provides the opportunity to apply these in a cutting edge research project. The course is taught by QMUL academics who are actively engaged in developing bioinformatics tools and applying them in areas such as genome sequencing, proteomics, evolution, ecology, psychology, cancer, diabetes and other diseases. We have an extensive network of academic and industrial collaborators around the UK and in Europe, who will contribute to teaching, co'supervise projects and provide employment opportunities. Students complete a group project, collaborating with peers to produce new bioinformatics software and a 6'month individual thesis project tackling a real world bioinformatics challenge.
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- A minimum of a 2nd Class Honours degree in a relevant subject such as biology, biochemistry, medicine, or genetics. Individuals with relevant professional qualifications or other relevant experience and qualifications will also be considered. All international students are required to provide evidence of their ability in English language; e.g. IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) - 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each category) or an equivalent qualification.