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Master of Bioinformatics – Coursework

Bioinformatics is a new, exciting and challenging multidisciplinary field that combines mathematical, statistical, computer science and information technology concepts and techniques to solve problems in biology and medicine. Advances in experimental technologies have produced huge amounts of data. Therefore, managing and extracting useful information from these sources are important to discover new knowledge to advance our understanding of the living world. In our Master’s degree programme, you will receive training in important areas of bioinformatics, thus allowing you to perform independent research or contribute as a bioinformatics specialist (bioinformaticist / bioinformatician) in a research team within an organization.


Benefits

Bioinformatics is an evolving field that is currently in the forefront of science and technology. Bioinformatics encompasses analysis and interpretation of data, modelling of biological phenomena, and development of algorithms and statistics to solve biological problems from various levels (molecules, cells, organisms and the environment). Bioinformatics is particularly significant as an adjunct to ‘omics’ science (genomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics, metagenomics, etc) because of the large amount of complex and heterogenous data generated from all major advanced high-throughput ‘omics’ technology platforms.

Bioinformaticists/Bioinformaticians require not only diverse training in information technology, computer science, mathematics, biology and the physical sciences, they must be able to communicate across the traditional boundaries of these fields. We at UM teach bioinformatics by bringing together the expertise and resources of various experts from within the university as well as industry.

Career Opportunity

Graduates in Bioinformatics have the opportunity to help advance medical and biological science in many aspects as Bioinformatics is a multi- and inter-disciplinary scientific field and graduates are expected to have acquired multiple skills during their postgraduate training. Some positions would require the employee to design or develop new programs, databases and methods for studying specialized and/or complex biological problems.

A bioinformaticist/bioinformatician must have the following skills to have better career opportunities: good communications skills, good teamwork skills, ability to multitask, flexibility in executing tasks, working knowledge of biology and its applications, proficiency in related computer languages, skill in data mining, good data visualization skills, experience with bioinformatics tools and experience in using bioinformatics resources.

Course Structure
COURSE MODULE (42 Credit Hours)
Core Courses (33 credits)
COURSE CODE
SUBJECT
CREDITS
SHGS6214 Functional Bioinformatics
3
SHGS6217 Applications of Algorithms in Bioinformatics
3
SHGS6218 Programming in Bioinformatics
3
SHGS6219 Mathematics and Statistics in Bioinformatics
3
SHGS6220 Applications of Programming In Bioinformatics
3
SHGS6221 Structural Bioinformatics
3
SHGS6222 Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Emerging Technology
3
SHGS6223 Bioinformatics Research Project
12

Elective courses (9 credits)
Please select three (3) subject only:

COURSE CODE
SUBJECT
CREDITS
SHGS6411 Systems Biology
3
SHGS6413 Biomedical Informatics
3
SHGS6415 Applications of Virtual Reality in Bioinformatics
3
SHGS6416 Ecological Informatics
3
SHGS6417 Bioinformatics Tools and Applications
3
SHGS6418 Computing
3
Language Requirement

The medium of instruction is in English. International students required to attend and pass a basic course in Bahasa Melayu before the degree can be conferred.

Entry Requirement

Applicants should possess one of following:

1. Bachelor's degree with Hons (CGPA 3.00 and above) or its equivalent in the suitable field*, or

2. Bachelor's degree or its equivalent in suitable field* with a minimum of one (1) year of relevant working experience in the related field, or

3. Any other qualifications approved by the University of Malaya's Senate time to time.

* Suitable fields include bioinformatics, computational biology, computer science, information technology, mathematics, statistics, life sciences, physics, chemistry, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy or bioengineering.

** International students are required to achieved at least band 6 IELTS or a score of 550 TOEFL if they had obtained their Bachelor's degree from a university in which the medium of instruction is other than English.

Intake Schedule

First Semester / September Intake

Second Semester / February Intake

Fees
Last Update: July 18, 2017

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