Medical Molecular Biology (Bioinformatics), M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • English (book IELTS)
    Language
University rank #601 (WUR) ,
This Medical Molecular Biology (Bioinformatics) course focuses on the interaction between bioinformatics techniques and cutting-edge molecular methods to give you an insight into the mechanisms, diagnosis and treatment of disease. It is most appropriate for those wishing to study the impact and utility of bioinformatics tools in molecular medicine.

About

The project modules will enable you to understand the requirements and rigours of project design, execution and publication of a project within this discipline.

The Medical Molecular Biology (Bioinformatics) course, offered by Westminster, is suitable for newly qualified graduates, those employed in related work and those with medical qualifications. It is important that prospective students are comfortable with the use of web-based computing tools but programming skills are not required as this is a course designed for end-users, not developers of the technology.

Employability

At Westminster, we have always believed that your University experience should be designed to enhance your professional life.We place as much emphasis on gaining skills relevant to the workplace as on learning the academic discipline that you are studying.

Obtaining a placement, part-time or vacation job while you study will provide you with extra cash and help you demonstrate that you have the skills employers are looking for.

In London, there is a plentiful supply of part-time work - most students at the University of Westminster work part-time (or full-time during vacations) to help support their studies.

Accreditation

The course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

Programme Structure

Core modules
Cell Signalling And Genetics

This module provides up-to-date information on cell signalling processes coupling surface receptor engagement to changes in gene expression. Transcriptional, post-transcriptional and post-translational mechanisms are discussed in relation to selected cell-signalling pathways responsible for controlling cell functions such as cell cycle, cell differentiation and cell death. Examples of defective cell signalling through inherited and somatically acquired mutations in signalling components will be highlighted in relation to human disease.

Molecular And Cellular Therapeutics

This module reviews and discusses the ways in which molecular biology has been used to treat inherited and acquired diseases. You will investigate the ethics and legislation involved in the use of novel therapies in humans.

Molecular Bioinformatics

Bioinformatics is an exciting new discipline at the interface of computer science, information and biology and is playing a crucial role in the development of personalised medicine. From genome sequencing projects thigh to rational drug design protein engineering it offers great opportunities for enhancing our understanding of biology at the molecular level and for the developments of new therapeutics. Topics covered include: analysis of protein sequences and structure, modelling protein structure and function, rational drug design, protein structure predication and protein engineering.

Molecular Science And Diagnostics

This module is designed to make you aware of the impact of molecular biology on the diagnosis of human diseases. You will critically review the technologies and determine the advantages and disadvantages associated with each diagnostic strategy. Issues of accuracy, implementation, ethics and safety will be addressed.

Principles Of Molecular Medicine

The module provides you with a critical appreciation of the human genome, its regulation, functional significance of gene mutations and current approaches of identification of human genetic disorders. Topics covered include: molecular basis of host-pathogen interaction; molecular pathology of disease with simple genetics; molecular genetics of disease; complex systems, immunogenetics and disease; and molecular genetics of cancer.

Postgraduate Project

This module aims to enhance your skills of self-management, experimental design, critical analysis and interpretation of data, enabling you to present and justify your research.

Postgraduate Research Methods

You will be able to develop your skills in information retrieval, critical analysis and presentation relevant to your research topic, and form a clear plan for your project.

Systems Biology

This module will introduce the theoretical and practical underpinnings of systems biology. The emphasis is on studies of entire systems, assisted by the use of bioinformatics and how the knowledge from these may be applied to medicine. The module will examine databases and other resources as well as discuss issues key to the studies of entire systems.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
    • Duration description

      2-5 years

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You must have at least a BSc Honours in Biology, Chemistry or a related subject, a professional qualification of equivalent status and associated work experience or an equivalent qualification deemed suitable by the course team.

If you are applying for part-time study, you may be working in a relevant area and in which case you will require written support from your employer including confirmation that facilities will be available in your workplace for you to carry out your research project. For those not employed in related areas or for whom a work-based project is not available we can provide projects at the University.

If your first language is not English you should have an IELTS score of at least 6.5, with 6.0 in each element. During the induction stage of the course, if you do not have English as your first language, you will need to complete Academic English screening and any resulting recommended Academic English support activity.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    13500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    9500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Part Time Price per 20 credit module:

  • Home/EU: £1,075
  • Overseas: £1,500

Living costs for London

684 - 830 GBP/month
Living Costs

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