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Computational Biology (MSc)

  • Course Code


  • Field of Study

    Computing,Biological Sciences,Computer Science

  • Type of Course:

    Masters Degree

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  • Type of Study:

    Full time

  • Application Closing Date:

Course duration:

Full-time (3 Semesters)

Admission Requirements:

Entry to the MSc in Computational Biology will normally require a minimum of a second-class grade II honours degree (level 8 or higher) in Science, Computing or a related area (e.g. Engineering, Maths etc.).

Candidates with relevant experience will be considered for places through approved processes for recognition of prior learning (RPL), visit


Course summary

The programme is designed to offer Bioscience and Computer Science graduates the opportunity to develop their knowledge of computing technologies, computational biology and statistics and apply this to the solution of life science problems. It aims to create highly skilled individuals with a unique combination of Bio and ICT skills.


Biological Sciences

Course Fee

Students should note that Fees quoted relate to the academic year 2017-2018 only and are subject to change on an annual basis.

EU Applicants: €5,500
Non-EU Applicants: €12,000
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Union of Students in Ireland (USI) Levy
The USI membership levy of €7.00 has been introduced as a result of a referendum where students opted to affiliate to the national Students’ Union. This levy must be paid before the start of Semester 1.


Since the structure of DNA was discovered over half a century ago, the amount of data gathered by biotech researchers has grown exponentially. Software has now become one of the main tools used by biologists to make sense of genomics and related data. CIT’s MSc in Computational Biology provides graduates with the interdisciplinary skills needed by research institutes and industry to conduct this research. This MSc builds on the recognised international research record of CIT’s biotech researchers.

The programme will consist of lectures, na substantial research project which will be presented as a dissertation, tutorials, online peer assisted learning, case studies, data analysis, and assignments. A significant portion of case studies, data analysis and assignments will be carried out by the student in his/her own time in accordance with directed learning guidelines provided.

Student who successfully complete the taught elements of the programme (usually concluded in the first two semesters) will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Computational Biology. The MSc Degree in Computational Biology is awarded to successful candidates who complete the coursework examinations and dissertation aspects of the programme.

Course Structure Full-Time

No. of weeks per semester: 13
No. of timetable hours week: 20
Which days: Monday - Friday
Duration: Three trimesters (usually over 15 months)


Continual assessment, end of semester formal exam, and thesis.

CIT has developed a website which gives full details of all modules for all courses. The website also has information on recommended textbook, average weekly workloads, assessments and exams.

Please click here for module information.


  • Please note that applicants will be required to pay an acceptance fee of €500 online if a place on a course is offered. This fee is deductible from the overall course fee.
  • Please attach and upload any documents such as transcripts, CV, other details relevant to the application.

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Dr Roy Sleator
T: 021 433 5405