Biological and Computing Science (Bioinformatics): The University of Manchester

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Biological and Computing Science (Bioinformatics): The University of Manchester, The Undergraduate Recruitment & Admissions Office, Faculty of Life Sciences, The University of Manchester, G.36 Stopford Building, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PT, Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 years
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Course description

The biological and computing science degree programme combines the strengths of bioscience and information technology. Bioinformatics is a rapidly developing discipline in biology, having a profound impact on modern genetic understanding. The human genome project in particular would not have been possible without advanced computing technologies.

This unique course, run jointly with the School of Computer Science, is designed to address the expanding crossover between biological sciences and computing, sometimes referred to as Bioinformatics. Given the skills shortage in this discipline, both within the UK and internationally, there is a need for graduates who are capable of solving molecular biology problems using computers. This course gives you comprehensive IT skills as well as an in-depth understanding of the biological systems and data to which these skills may be applied.

Manchester has pioneered bioinformatics education in the UK at both Undergraduate and Masters level, and this course provides an ideal opportunity for students seeking to expand their IT skills whilst maintaining their biological knowledge.

You can choose options from both faculties, and can customise your degree to suit biological or computing preferences as you wish.

Career opportunities

Bioscience graduates from the University of Manchester go into a variety of careers. About half stay in the life sciences and related disciplines, choosing either to study further research or taught courses such as a Masters or PhD, which could lead onto a career in bioscience, or medicine/dentistry degrees. A significant number go on to complete a science teaching qualification, such as a secondary science PGCE. Those that choose a career outside of the life sciences are highly sought after by large multinationals. Graduate programmes in accountancy, finance, law, marketing and publishing are particularly popular choices for graduates from the Faculty who do not wish to stay in science.

Entry requirements

  • English language: Either GCSE grade C, IELTS 6.5 (with not less than 6.5 in any component) or an equivalent qualification.
  • A level: Grades AAB-BBB. This should include:
    1 of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths and
    1 of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Geography, Psychology, Environmental Studies or PE.
  • General Studies is welcomed, but is not normally included as part of the offer.
  • AS level: 2 AS levels are acceptable in place of the third non-science A-level.
  • GCSE: Minimum grade C in English Language and Mathematics.
  • International Baccalaureate: 35-32 points overall including 5 or 6 points in two sciences at Higher level, normally Biology and Chemistry.

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