Taught course

ACS: Digital Biology

Institution
The University of Manchester · School of Computer Science
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

We require a First or strong Upper Second class honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in computer science, or in a joint degree with at least 50% computer science content. Applicants with extensive computer science industrial experience and a good honours degree, or its overseas equivalent, may also be considered for admission.

Thus we assume that all students on the course have a good background in computer science, reflected, for example, in solid programing and software development skills.

Months of entry

September

Course content

These are exciting times in biology and medicine. The genomics revolution is opening up whole new areas of research - from new insights into how organisms function, to new understandings of disease and disease processes. Medicine is currently involved in the largest and most ambitious IT project in the world - the capture and interpretation of electronic patient records. This information will make health care much more effective and can help spot new diseases early - whilst they can still be contained and controlled. At the heart of all these developments are data and knowledge - and a real need and demand for the skills and techniques that computer scientists can bring these problem areas. Biology and healthcare now provide some of the fastest growing and most challenging areas for computer scientists to apply their skills.

The Digital Biology pathway is centered around a central theme of Biohealth Informatics. The theme is specifically designed for computer scientists without any previous experience of medicine or biology and will help you to develop the core skills needed to work or research (as a computer scientist) in these rapidly evolving fields. This core theme is complemented by a range of other themes that allow students to develop additional skills which have important applications in healthcare and biology.

Information for international students

All students are required to be proficient in spoken and written English. In order to be accepted onto an MSc programme in the School of Computer Science applicants need to provide evidence of having achieved the required level in one of the following english language qualifications:

  • IELTS score of 6.5 minimum with 6 in all sub-categories
  • Internet based TOEFL 100 ibt with no less than 23 in individual components
  • Cambridge Proficiency Grade 'C'
  • Pearson English overall 59 (writing 51)
  • India: Central Board of Secondary Education Senior School Certificate Year XII (GPA >80)
  • West Africa Education Certificate (WAEC) Grade B2
  • Nigerian Education Council Certificate (NECO) Grade B2

If you envisage any difficulties in satisfying our English language requirements then please do let us know. The University offer a number of excellent pre-sessional English courses designed specifically to help international students meet our requirements prior to the start of their courses.

Fees and funding

UK students
10,500
International students
22,000

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
School of Computer Science
Email
pg.compsci@manchester.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)161 275 6181
Fax
+44 (0)161 275 6204