Computational Biology (MSc)

  • Course Code

    CR_SCOBI_9

  • Field of Study

    Biological Sciences,Computer Science

  • Type of Course:

    Masters Degree

  • Type of Qualification:

    MSc

  • Type of Study:

    Part time,Online

  • Application Closing Date:

    2nd September 2022

Admission Requirements:

Entry to the MSc in Computational Biology will require the following entry criteria to be met:

  • A H2.2 (or equivalent) in a Level 8 Degree in any branch of biological sciences, or a related discipline.
  • The language of academic instruction as well as administration is English. An IELTS of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no category below 5.5 will be requested of non-EU students, when deemed appropriate by the Head of Department.

 

Course Summary

Graduates from the MSc in Computational Biology will bridge the gap between biology and computer science disciplines, having core competencies spanning both of these areas. Graduates will be able to offer advanced computing solutions to solve complex biological problems. This unique combination of skills will increase employability and advance biological sciences in the next decade and beyond.

 

No background knowledge or experience in Computer Science is required. MSc in Computational Biology students will undertake a series of modules designed to develop these skills from scratch, as well as taking advanced modules in biological sciences that complement the computer science components.

 

The programme will be delivered part-time and online using Munster Technological University’s (MTU) state of the art e-learning platform. These models will allow students to work fulltime, while studying part-time.

 

The programme will be particularly attractive to those already in fulltime employment, wishing to upskill, and to international students for whom the financial (e.g., travel and accommodation) and administrative (e.g., visa authorisation) hurdles of pursuing an MSc are removed. Those who wish to take the programme who are not in employment or whose workplace is not suitable for providing a work-based project will be provided with a project from the Department of Biological Sciences.

 

Students who successfully complete the MSc in Computational Biology, which includes a Research Project and submission of a thesis, will be awarded 90 ECTS credits on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). A Postgraduate Diploma (60 ECTS credits) will be awarded to students who successfully complete the taught modules but who do not undertake a project.

Department(s)

Biological Sciences

Graduates from the MSc in Computational Biology will possess high-level knowledge in biological science and computational skills which can be applied to the analysis, interpretation, and visualisation of large biological datasets. The MSc in Computational Biology results from a collaboration between the Departments of Biological Sciences, Computer Science and Mathematics and is designed with the intent of developing highly skilled graduate professionals with expert computational and biology knowledge – a skillet which is in high demand in the modern work environment. This part-time online offering is specifically designed for graduate and professionals from the biopharmaceuticals, biotechnology, food/agri-food, clinical and healthcare sectors.

 

The programme is delivered fully online and part-time over a minimum of four semesters.

  • Each semester accrues 15 credits in taught modules. In semester four, the student will undertake an additional project module worth 30 credits, which the learner must submit by 31 August to be considered for graduation by October of that year.

 

This is a two-stage award; a facility will be in place to exit after 60 credits of learning with a Level 9 Postgraduate Diploma qualification, i.e., PGDip in Computational Biology. Upon successful completion of the programme (90 credits) graduates will receive a Level 9 Master of Science qualification, i.e., MSc in Computational Biology.

 

Course fee:

  • €3,000 per annum. There is an acceptance fee of €500 for those who enrol successfully and is deductible from the overall course fee.
  • Students should note that Fees quoted relate to the academic year 2021-2022 only and may be subject to change on an annual basis. Except where stated, course fees cover the cost of tuition only.
  • Work placed sponsorship is also encouraged.
  • Course fees must be paid before attending lectures.

Semester Modules

 

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BIOT9012 Omics Technologies MANDATORY
COMP9087 Scien. Prog. for Biologists MANDATORY
BIOT9011 Synthetic Biology MANDATORY
BIOT9009 Bioinformatics MANDATORY
DATA9002 Distributed Data Management MANDATORY
COMP9086 Processing and Visualization MANDATORY
BIOT9008 Applied Genomics MANDATORY
COMP9085 Machine Learning in Biology MANDATORY
COMP9011 Research Practice & Ethics MANDATORY
STAT9008 Applied Statistics for Biology MANDATORY
COMP9067 Deep Learning ELECTIVE
BIOT9010 Enzymes & Therapeutics ELECTIVE
BIOT9013 Structural Biology MANDATORY
BIOT9003 Research Project MANDATORY

Entry to the MSc in Computational Biology will require the following entry criteria to be met:

  • A H2.2 (or equivalent) in a Level 8 Degree in any branch of biological sciences, or a related discipline.
  • The language of academic instruction as well as administration is English. An IELTS of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no category below 5.5 will be requested of non-EU students, when deemed appropriate by the Head of Department.

 

Applicants are also required to submit:

  • An up-to-date CV with their application
  • An interview may be required as part of the application.

 

Applications will open on 1st February 2022 and close on 2nd September 2022

 

 

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Dr Eamonn Culligan - LECTURER / COURSE DIRECTOR
eamonn.culligan@mtu.ie

Dr Brigid Lucey - HEAD OF DEPARTMENT / COURSE COORDINATOR
brigid.lucey@mtu.ie
086 3707907

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