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Computational and Genomic Medicine MSc

The Computational and Genomic Medicine MSc is a unique programme in the UK. It aims to provide students with a general knowledge of bioinformatics and to equip them with the specialised knowledge and skills required to use post-genomic data for predicting and defining the genetic basis of various human diseases. It also aims to provide tools for the analysis of human genomic data to develop innovative diagnostic tools and therapeutic approaches.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£12,205 (FT)
Overseas:
£23,690 (FT)

Application deadlines

UK/EU applicants:
1 August 2015
Overseas applicants:
30 June 2015

Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in computer sciences, biomedical sciences or a medical degree (MBBS), or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, together with demonstrable competence in mathematics and computer programming.

English language requirement: Good

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

International equivalencies

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

Select your country:

Degree Information

This MSc will provide an integrated view of computational and genomic science research. Students will obtain a thorough grasp of the statistical and computational tools used for analysis of biological and biomedical datasets, together with good understanding and ability to analyse and interpret genomic data and to investigate the role of single or multiple genes and DNA sequence variants in diseases processes, both in individuals and in populations. Students will be offered exciting state of the art in-silico biostatistical/computational based projects which allow them to learn cutting-edge methods of sequence data analysis.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of seven core modules (105) credits, one optional module (15 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Statistical Computing and Data Visualisation using R
  • Understanding Bioinformatics Resources and their Application
  • Bioinformatics of DNA Sequence Data for Translational Medicine
  • Henry Stewart's online lectures on Principles of Human Genetics (Informative)
  • Biocomputing I - Birkbeck module
  • Bioinformatic Analysis of Transcription and Protein Data
  • Basic Statistics for Medical Sciences

Options

  • Molecular Evolution
  • Genetics of Neurological Disease
  • Genetics of Cardovascular Genetics
  • Computational and Systems Biology: In Silico Analysis
  • Clinical Application of Pharmacogenetic Tests

Dissertation/report

Students undertake an original research project investigating topical questions in Bioinformatics and Genomic Medicine which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words and an oral presentation.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials, and will draw together cross-departmental teaching from Biosciences, Medicine, Epidemiology and Publich Health, and Statistical Science. Student performance is assessed through coursework, unseen examination and the research project.

Funding

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

Value:
Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective Overseas Master's students on one of the 10 eligible programmes, who are nationals of (or permanently domiciled in) a Commonwealth developing country, and not currently living or studying in a developed country. The students must hold a first degree at either first- or upper second-class level and be sufficiently fluent in English to pursue the programme. Applicants must not have previously studied for one year or more in a developed country, nor have been employed by a government department (at national level) or a parastatal organisation (employees of universities are normally acceptable). Students must be be willing to confirm that they will return to their home country as soon as their period of study is complete.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

Value:
Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective Overseas Master's students on one of the 10 eligible programmes, who are nationals of (or permanently domiciled in) a Commonwealth developing country, and not currently living or studying in a developed country. The students must hold a first degree at either first- or upper second-class level and be sufficiently fluent in English to pursue the programme. Applicants must not have previously studied for one year or more in a developed country, nor have been employed by a government department (at national level) or a parastatal organisation (employees of universities are normally acceptable). Students must be be willing to confirm that they will return to their home country as soon as their period of study is complete.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

Value:
Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective Overseas Master's students on one of the 10 eligible programmes, who are nationals of (or permanently domiciled in) a Commonwealth developing country, and not currently living or studying in a developed country. The students must hold a first degree at either first- or upper second-class level and be sufficiently fluent in English to pursue the programme. Applicants must not have previously studied for one year or more in a developed country, nor have been employed by a government department (at national level) or a parastatal organisation (employees of universities are normally acceptable). Students must be be willing to confirm that they will return to their home country as soon as their period of study is complete.

MSc Neuroscience Departmental Scholarship

Value:
£2,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective students of the MSc in Neuroscience.

MSc Neuroscience Departmental Scholarship

Value:
£2,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective students of the MSc in Neuroscience.

MSc Neuroscience Departmental Scholarship

Value:
£2,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective students of the MSc in Neuroscience.

MSc Genetics of Human Disease - UGI Masters Excellence Scholarships

Value:
£2,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
For prospective overseas students applying for the MSc in the Genetics of Human Disease.

MSc Genetics of Human Disease - UGI Masters Excellence Scholarships

Value:
£2,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
For prospective overseas students applying for the MSc in the Genetics of Human Disease.

MSc Genetics of Human Disease - UGI Masters Excellence Scholarships

Value:
£2,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
For prospective overseas students applying for the MSc in the Genetics of Human Disease.

MSc in Pharmacogenetics & Stratified Medicine - UGI Masters Prize Scholarships

Value:
£2,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
These are available to the outstanding overseas students who are offered a place on the course but are experiencing financial hardship

MSc in Pharmacogenetics & Stratified Medicine - UGI Masters Prize Scholarships

Value:
£2,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
These are available to the outstanding overseas students who are offered a place on the course but are experiencing financial hardship

MSc in Pharmacogenetics & Stratified Medicine - UGI Masters Prize Scholarships

Value:
£2,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
These are available to the outstanding overseas students who are offered a place on the course but are experiencing financial hardship

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

On completion of this programme students are well positioned for PhD studentships in laboratories using genetic techniques to examine diseases such as heart disease, cancer and neurological disorders. Another large group will seek research jobs in the pharmaceutical industry, where an advanced training in laboratory genetic techniques as well as bioinformatic and statistical experience will be of value.

Employability

Students emerge well versed in the different tools and scientific disciplines which will allow them to make full use of the wide-ranging genetic discoveries that have happened over the past decade and will increasingly inform our understanding of human biology and disease.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Genetics Institute (UGI) is a leading centre for bioinformatics and statistical genetics research, with internationally recognised computational biologists, geneticists and statisticians.

UCL itself is a world-leading centre for biological and medical research, comprising the Institute of Child Health (Great Ormond Street Hospital), the Institutes of Ophthalmology, Neurology, and Cancer, the Eastman Dental Institute, the School of Pharmacy and UCL Hospitals, and our students have access to ongoing molecular genetic and bioinformatic analysis of a huge variety of rare genetic diseases.

Students also have access to speakers of international repute through seminars and external lectures, keeping them abreast of emerging knowledge in computational biology and related fields.

Student / staff ratios › 178 staff › 121 taught students › 289 research students

Department: Division of Biosciences

Application and next steps

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is suitable for graduates with a computer science, biological science or medical background, who wish to do a PhD in Computational Biology, Genomic Medicine or related subjects and those who wish to enter employment in an advanced capacity in healthcare organisations or industry in the field of Bioinformatics and Genomic Medicine.

Application deadlines

UK/EU applicants
2015-08-01
Overseas applicants
2015-06-30

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:
  • why you want to study Computational and Genomic Medicine at graduate level
  • why you want to study Computational and Genomic Medicine at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging academic environment
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

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