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Studying at Abertay


Degree type: MSc/PGDip
UCAS Code: Apply directly to the University
Duration: 12 months (full-time)



We are sorry to advise you that this course is no longer available.  Please view our postgraduate course list. 

What you study

The study programme is designed for graduates in the biological sciences. The core themes of the course are molecular biology, bioinformatics and information technology. The topics covered include: genomics; proteomics; structural and functional bioinformatics; database management; and programming & computational techniques for biological data analysis.

How you learn
An integrated programme of lectures, tutorials, seminars and guided studies are used to enhance your knowledge and understanding and enable you to make rapid progress in gaining effective skills in bioinformatics.  The research project is designed to allow you to apply the theoretical and practical knowledge gained in the taught modules to a particular biological problem.

How you are assessed
A combination of coursework assignments, presentations, information assignments and formal examinations are used throughout the course with the most appropriate form of assessment being chosen for the topics being assessed.

Entry routes

Applicants should normally have an Honours degree in a bioscience discipline.  Applicants holding an acceptable equivalent qualification, substantial relevant experience or membership of a relevant professional body are also encouraged to seek entry to this course.

All applicants are required to provide certified proof of competence in English Language and the University's minimum requirements are listed here

Course content

Information on course structures and modules is drawn from 2013/4 data and may be subject to change without prior notification. Students who are registering with us will be provided with the up to date information on their course structure in order to allow them to register on the appropriate modules

More info

As students on this course will discover, Dundee is the perfect place to study a subject that combines information technology and biosciences because the city is a centre for world renowned medical research, and a thriving base for new industries.

Taking the wider view, the field of Bioinformatics is expanding all the time both within industry and public research centres. And this course perfectly equips students to translate scientific research data into manageable, accessible information that can help advance the field of biosciences.

Having completed the course, students will have the skills to go on to make a significant contribution to one of many sectors: developing software support systems for the biological sciences, working within pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies and contract research centres. All of these sectors offer an exciting and fulfilling career. And each of them is recruiting graduates in Bioinformatics.

As the science-based work of industry and public research centres increases, these is a growing demand for graduates who are skilled in both science and information technology. All of these sectors are actively recruiting graduates in Bioinformatics and the sector continues to expand.

For further information on career opportunities, please email the University's careers office:

Specialist facilities
A range of well equipped and modern laboratories are available for use by Biological Science students. In addition the Scottish Informatics Mathematics Biology & Statistics (SIMBIOS) research facility at Abertay provides students with access to top class researchers working in the exciting field of biology and computing.

More information
MSc Bioinformatics

Fees & Scholarships

Fee Category September 2014 Fees
Scholarships & Bursaries
Scottish and other EU students

To be confirmed 

Other forms of support
English, Welsh and Northern Irish


Bursaries & Scholarships
Overseas (non EU) students

To be confirmed

Overseas Scholarships

Fee quoted is the total cost providing that the MSc follows on immediately after the PG Dip element and is completed within the same academic year as started.  Fees may be subject to increase.


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