M.Sc. Bioinformatics

University of Skövde

Application deadline: January 15
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
  • € 14,070 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: August  2014, August  2015
Credits: 60 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
Languages:
  • English
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The bioinformatics masters programme will provide you with a broad specialist competence in bioinformatics. You will also develop your own individual ability to solve problems related to biology, to plan and carry out analyses on molecular biology and biomedical data, and to collect, process and critically judge results from such data.

What will you study?
The curriculum contains courses focusing on analysis of large-scale molecular biological and biomedical data, bioinformatics algorithms as well as research and development in bioinformatics.
There is a computer science part of the programme, where you will concentrate on courses in Perl programming as well as the statistical language R, which are both highly used in bioinformatics. You will also carry out a master's degree project in the field of bioinformatics.

During your studies, lectures will be mixed with computer laboratory work. You will learn how to use various computerized tools for compiling and analyzing data from research projects and biological experiments, and to use various methods for analysis, for example sequence analysis and gene expression analysis.
The language of tuition is English.

After completed studies
Bioinformatics is a cross-disciplinary field in close connection with research in the life sciences. Therefore, a large proportion of the students who have successfully completed their bioinformatics masters degrees have found positions as PhD students in various universities, both in Sweden and internationally. Some former students now work as bioinformatics managers in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry. In addition, some of our former students now work as lecturers, teaching bioinformatics courses in universities or colleges.

Contents

The programs first semester consists of courses at the advanced level in bioinformatics to provide the neces-
sary knowledge for further studies on the subject. For the majority of courses during the first semester su-
pervised exercises and assignments have a prominent role. These exercises are designed to develop skills in practical problem solving through application of relevant bioinformatics methods.

During the first semester a course on current bioinformatics research problems is given and which provides an introduction to research methodology, with a focus on methodology with relevance in bioinformatics. During the second semester students will also carry out an independent thesis work of 30 ECTS. During the thesis work, the student should independently apply their knowledge to solve a current and relevant research problem in bioinformatics.

The following courses are included in the program:

* Bioinformatics concepts and methods, Advanced level, 7.5 ECTS
* Bioinformatics - the research process, Advanced level, 7.5 ECTS
* Bioinformatics analysis with R, Advanced, 7.5 ECTS
* Master Degree Project in Bioinformatics, Advanced Level, 30 ECTS
* Optional course, 7.5 ECTS

Requirements

Prerequisite is a full Bachelors degree in biology (or a related subject in the so-called life sciences) or computer science. A further requirement is proof of skills in English equivalent of studies at upper secondary level in Sweden, known as English course B. This is normally demonstrated by means of an internationally recognized test, e g IELTS, TOEFL or the equivalent.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 575
TOEFL iBT® test: 90

Funding

Scholarships
The University of Skövde offers some scholarships to students who are attending a Master's programme at our University and are liable for tuition fees. If you are an exchange student, please contact your home university for information about which scholarships they provide.

This page contains information about three types of scholarship grants:

* Scholarships for international master's students liable for tuition fees
* Scholarships offered by the Swedish Institute
* Scholarships for exchange students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland

1. Scholarships for international master's students liable for tuition fees
The University of Skövde has some scholarships to students attending a Master's programme at our university. The scholarships are tuition fee waivers of SEK 60 000 / year (50% of the tuition fee), and the amount will be deducted from the tuition fee when you receive the invoice. The scholarship granting criterion is academic merits. The scholarship can only be awarded to tuition paying students. Please note that you have to be able to finance the rest of the tuition fee yourself and to cover all the living expenses during your stay in Sweden.

How to apply for a scholarship at the University of Skövde:

* First apply for studies at University Admissions prior to applying for a scholarship at the University of Skövde, you must apply for one of our masters programmes at the Swedish official online application service University Admissions. The deadline for applications for the autumn semester 2013 has passed, but at the moment we are still accepting late applications.
* Then apply for a scholarship at the University of Skövde: the scholarship application deadline for the masters programmes that start in the autumn semester (August 2013) is March 10th, 2013.
* Fill in the Scholarship Application Form. You will need to provide us with the application number you will receive from the website University Admissions when you submit your scholarship application on our website.

Please read the information below with the list of countries (categories 1 and 2) before you apply for a scholarship.

Deadline: March 10th, 2013

The scholarship applications for the autumn semester 2013 may be analyzed in two batches as below:

* Scholarship applications received until March 10th
* Scholarship applications received from March 11th to April 21st

In case the University of Skövde does not grant all scholarships in the first batch of applications, our scholarship committee will work on a second batch after the deadline so that the scholarship applications received after the deadline will also be analysed for the autumn semester. Note that we will not accept scholarship applications for the autumn semester 2013 after April 21st, 2013 and we cannot guarantee that we will be able to grant scholarships in a second batch.

The first batch results will be announced in the beginning of April 2013. In case we have a second batch, its results will be announced in the beginning of May 2013.

Important information:

Please note: students from Category 1 (see list below) can only apply for the Swedish Institute Study Scholarship, while students from Category 2 (see list below) can apply to both the scholarships from the University of Skövde and the Swedish Institute Study Scholarship.

Category 1: Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

Category 2: Candidates with citizenship from countries on the DAC list of ODA recipients, except the ones listed on Category 1 and the other following exceptions: Albania, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Georgia, Kosovo, Moldova, Russia, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine.

2. Scholarships offered by the Swedish Institute
The Swedish Institute offers a range of scholarships for students coming to study in Sweden. For more information about SI's scholarships, please contact the Swedish Institute directly.

3. Scholarships for exchange students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland
If you are an exchange student, please contact your home university for information about which scholarships they provide. The University of Skövde is part of the Erasmus programme, which means that if the University of Skövde has a bilateral Erasmus agreement with your home institution you might be able to study here with an Erasmus grant. We encourage you to pursue this option since the Erasmus scholarships are often very generous.

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