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Bioinformatics MPhil    Back

The University of Manchester Course Type: Master research Start Date: September
Location: Manchester, United Kingdom Duration: see details Fees/total cost: EUR 18,891.60 (GBP 14,000.00) - EUR 26,988.00 (GBP 20,000.00)

Description

Programme description

The MPhil is a one-year research degree where students get the opportunity to study a specific research project. The MPhil degree can act as a stand-alone degree for applicants who would like to gain experience in a specific area, or can be linked to a PhD programme. Rather than register on a direct entry 3 or 4 year PhD, some postgraduates may first register on a one-year MPhil programme. Subsequently students may then wish to transfer on to a full PhD programme with a further 2 or 3 years of study.

The Faculty of Life Sciences is home to one of the country's leading groups of bioinformaticians and functional genomics practitioners, with the largest concentration of bioinformaticians in any UK higher education institute. Recent recruitment has expanded the portfolio of research topics, developing excellence in systems biology, molecular evolution and analysis of noncoding gene function. This highly collaborative and multidisciplinary grouping now covers the breadth of postgenomics and bioinformatics, and offers a unique environment for modern bioscience research.

The Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics grouping seeks to study and understand biological function through a mixture of `wet' and `dry' approaches, from molecular building blocks to genome and systems-wide features, which they aim to model and predict. This `predictive' biology has been brought about by a number of factors, including the growing numbers of gene/protein sequences in the databases and a similar expansion in the molecular structures of proteins available to study. The large number of completed genome sequences has also spawned post-genomic technologies, which aim to characterise gene products (transcriptome, proteome) and the molecules they manipulate (metabolome), as dynamic, functional entities within the cell. This group develops and applies computational approaches to enable these technologies, as well as carrying them out. This can take the form of classic bioinformatics, designing and developing databases such as PRINTS, comparing gene, protein and/or genome sequences and their evolution, and modelling and predicting protein structures. Equally, tools and technology are required for these post-genomic analyses, handling and analysing microarray data, building proteome repositories and search tools, and modelling and predicting metabolic pathways.

Coursework and assessment

All research degree programmes are based on supportive supervision in an outstanding research environment. As well as a supervisor each PhD student also has an advisor who is available to oversee the progression of the student and provide additional support during their research degree.

The Faculty of Life Sciences is proud to have one of the largest and most innovative training and development programmes for postgraduate students in Europe, which has undergone continual development over the past 10-15 years. The Graduate Training Programme (GTP) is a series of compulsory and optional workshops, seminars, and skills training modules that are designed to complement a student's research laboratory training. Every student benefits not only from the outstanding academic environment, but also from the opportunity to acquire a broad and individualised range of personal and transferable skills that are of great value in future careers. For more information about the Graduate Training Programme please see the Faculty of Life Sciences website.

Each year the postgraduate community is joined by all members of the Faculty of Life Sciences to formally celebrate their substantial research achievements at the Faculty Research Symposium. During this important day in the Faculty calendar, a selection of postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers present their work, through talks and posters, to their peers, academic and support staff and invited guests. This event provides all of our postgraduates with an important opportunity to showcase their research.

Facilities

The Faculty of Life Sciences at The University of Manchester comprises 250 independent research groups, and is one of the largest and best biology research groupings in Europe. The Faculty's research encompasses the entire spread of life sciences from the molecule to cell to organism to population.

The Faculty occupies a series of superb new buildings, each of which incorporates an enviable collection of equipment core facilities. These include analytical research facilities, bioimaging facility, bioinformatics facility, biomolecular analysis and mass spectrometry facilities, microarray facility, botanical experimental grounds, electron microscopy facility, fermentation facility, flow cytometry facility, histology facility, mammalian transgenic technologies facility, nuclear magnetic resonance facility, and x-ray crystallography facility.

Masters - Full time

Start date:
September
Duration:
12 Months
Teaching method:
Face-To-Face
Language:
English
Venue:
Manchester, United Kingdom
Funding possible:
Yes
EU-Fees:
EUR 18,891.60 (GBP 14,000.00)
Non-EU-Fees:
EUR 26,988.00 (GBP 20,000.00)
Additional Information:
MPhil (full-time): UK/EU students (per annum): Low £8,000, Medium £14,000, High £19,000; International students (per annum): Standard £20,000, Low £22,000, Medium £27,500, High £32,500
Tuition fees

Masters - Part time

Start date:
September
Duration:
24 Months
Teaching method:
Face-To-Face
Language:
English
Venue:
Manchester, United Kingdom
Funding possible:
Yes
EU-Fees:
EUR 18,891.60 (GBP 14,000.00)
Non-EU-Fees:
EUR 26,988.00 (GBP 20,000.00)
Additional Information:
MPhil (part-time): UK/EU students (per annum): Low £4,000, Medium £7,000, High £9,500; International students (per annum): Standard £10,000, Low £11,000, Medium £13,750, High £16,250
Tuition fees

Course Provider Details

Course contact information

Faculty of Life Sciences Postgraduate Research Office
Faculty of Life Sciences
pgresearch.lifesciences@manchester.ac.uk
University accredited:
Last update: 24/02/2016
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