Online MSc Bioinformatics
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We are excited to be offering Masters Scholarships in 2023/24 for the Online MSc Bioinformatics programme to upskill students from under-represented backgrounds to progress into the AI and Data Science workforce.
This will include 120 students from under-represented groups, particularly women, Black and disabled students and those from low-socioeconomic backgrounds, who will each be supported by a £10,000 scholarship.
Terms and conditions:
- This scholarship is open to students with a ‘home’ fee status only.
- You must have already submitted an application for a place on the Online MSc Bioinformatics programme before applying for this scholarship.
Innovate with bioscience data
Advance with world-class learning at a top-100, leading university
It is no surprise that the worldwide demand for bioinformaticians is on the rise. Between 2020 and 2027 the global bioinformatics market is set to increase by 13.4% (compound annual growth rate)2, as biological and clinical institutions and businesses seek to deliver more effective and efficient data-driven services. With an online degree from the University of Birmingham, you’ll develop advanced knowledge and skills with convenient online, interactive content delivered in video and task-driven formats. Learn from expert faculty by studying real-life case studies that focus on data sets from health, academia and industry to emerge as a leader in a specialised and innovative field.
The University of Birmingham has the strength and variety of programmes to suit your individual needs and interests, backed by the academic expertise and influence, support and facilities of a top 100 public research and teaching university. You’ll benefit from both academic and personal development to achieve success and ensure your degree is an asset in your future prospects.
“Studying online with the University of Birmingham has been a transformative experience for me. Balancing work, motherhood, and education was a challenge, but the flexibility of online learning has allowed me to pursue my passion for bioinformatics. The curriculum is engaging, and the support from the Admissions team has been exceptional. I’m grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow in a field that combines my love for biology and computer science.”– Elisa Samaniego, Student MSc BIO, University of Birmingham
Gain complex knowledge in a flexible online format
The University of Birmingham’s internationally focused and expertly taught bioinformatics programme offers you the flexibility and convenience of an online format to tailor your learning. Enjoy eight-week modules that will grow your programming, communication and modelling skills. Learn from industry leaders and lecturers in the bioinformatics field to gain an understanding of where you can go and what you can do once you obtain this prestigious degree. Here’s a look at some of what you’ll study:
Applied genomics and next generation sequencing
Focusing on the analytical dimensions of omics data, you will understand how to apply appropriate data types and analyse high-throughput data sets using the latest state-of-the-art approaches.
Health data analytics
This module develops your hands-on experience of health and biomedical data and its analysis. Explore data quality control, techniques for evaluating performance, data visualisation and tools for dealing with missing data.
Computational biology for complex systems
Enriching your understanding of complex systems, machine learning, data integration and data analysis, this module will teach you how to apply these models to real data. This will help you to make appropriate interpretations and avoid potential pitfalls when reviewing your results.
Statistical machine learning
This module introduces concepts from statistical machine learning (ML), providing an in-depth understanding of classical supervised and unsupervised learning models, helping you applying appropriate ML tools and techniques to solve problems on given tasks and data types.
To be eligible to apply for the Online MSc Bioinformatics, you will need to have obtained (or be predicted to obtain) an upper second-class degree or postgraduate diploma from a UK university OR an equivalent qualification from a recognised institution in life sciences, biomedical sciences, mathematics, computer science or another relevant quantitative subject.
Work experience may also be accepted if your grades are lower than those listed above.
If English is not your first language, you will need to also supply an up-to-date English language certificate. We accept up-to-date Academic IELTS certificates with a score of 6.5, and no less than 6.0 in any of the elements.
Enjoy the convenient online format offered by a world top-100 university and the 4th best university for Online Learning in the UK Uswitch 2022. You’ll be led by the same leading lecturers and faculty experts who instruct on campus. They’ll guide you through flexible online modules, immersive activities and lively discussions. Learn wherever, whenever it’s convenient, and graduate poised to step into your desired role with new knowledge and skills. We’ll even support you in your job search with our Careers Network, linking you to global opportunities to launch or elevate your career.
AI and Data Science Conversion Masters Scholarships
We are offering 120 awards of £10,000 to upskill UK students from non-STEM and far-STEM degrees to progress into the AI and Data Science workforce. Scholarship funding will be prioritised for women, Black students, disabled students and those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, to ensure that AI reflects the makeup of our society. You can find more information here. This scholarship is open to students with a ‘home’ fee status only. The final deadline for applications is 14th September 2023 for the October intake. Students must have already have an unconditional or conditional offer for a place on a University of Birmingham Data Science or AI related Masters course before applying for this scholarship. If you are interested please email us with a CV and copy of your Bachelors or Masters certificate and transcripts, and we will support you in fast-tracking an application to start the programme in October.Contact Us
Enter an emerging, innovative field
Data is essential to most industries today, and even more important to the medical field where data-informed critical decisions are made daily. A Bioinformatics Analyst earns £39,896 per year,5 and a Bioinformatics Scientist/Technician earns £39,231 per year.6
In order to enter bioinformatics fields, you’ll need to be able process large-scale raw data and have the scientific curiosity, mindset and drive to work on problems relating to biology and medicine.7 With an internationally recognised degree credential from the University of Birmingham, you’ll build this knowledge to successfully transition into a variety of roles.
Top jobs in bioinformatics
- Bioinformatics analyst
- Bioinformatics scientist/techician
- Pharmaceutical scientist
- Data scientist (medical)
- AI architect (medical)
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