M.Sc. Bioinformatics

University of Skövde

Application deadline: January 15
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
  • € 14,070 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: August  2015
Credits (ECTS): 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 necessary knowledge for further studies on the subject. For the majority of courses during the first semester supervised 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 6 / English course B. This is normally demonstrated by means of an internationally recognized test, e g IELTS or 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 a small number of scholarships to students who are attending a Master's programme at the University and who are liable for tuition fees. If you are an exchange student, please contact your home university for information about thescholarships they provide.

1. UHR Scholarships

The University of Skövde administrates some scholarships funded by the Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR) to students liable to pay tuition fees attending a master's programme at the University. The scholarships are tuition fee waivers of 31,250 SEK per semester (50% of the tuition fee), and the amount is automatically deducted from the tuition fee when you receive your invoice. The scholarships are granted for one academic semester.

2. HS Scholarships

The University of Skövde offers a small number of scholarships to students attending a master's programme at the University who are liable for tuition fees. The scholarships consist of tuition fee waivers of 25,000 SEK per semester, and the amount is automatically deducted from the tuition fee. The scholarships are granted for one academic semester.
Conditions: Both UHR and HS Scholarships can be extended to a subsequent academic semester provided that the students study results are satisfactory.The scholarship granting criterion is academic merit. The scholarships can only be awarded to tuition-paying students. Please note that you have to be able to finance the remainder 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 one of studies at the University via University Admissions. You must apply for one of our masters programmes at the Swedish official online application service University Admissions.
Then apply for a scholarship at the University of Skövde by filling in the online scholarship application form available on this webpage. Please note that you will need to provide us with the application number you received from the University Admissions website.3. Other types of scholarships for international students

Scholarships offered by the Swedish Institute

Scholarships for exchange students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland3.3. Ciência sem Fronteiras - Science without Borders3.4. Erasmus Mundus Lamenitec NetworkDeadline: 6 October

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