Biological and Computing Science (Bioinformatics) with Industrial/Professional Experience: The University of Manchester

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Biological and Computing Science (Bioinformatics) with Industrial/Professional Experience: 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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4 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.

The third year of this four year programme is the placement year, during which students complete a research project in an institution in the UK or abroad. The University assists students in finding placements and currently has established links with approximately three hundred institutions, ranging from botanical gardens to the pharmaceuticals industry.

Career opportunities

Biological and Computing Science 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. Graduates from 'with industrial/professional experience' programmes are extremely desirable to employers who require significant relevant work experience.

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 Chemistry and one other science at Higher level.

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