De Montfort University

MSc in Bioinformatics

Centre for Computational Intelligence

Students and staff at DMU 2006-2007

What is Bioinformatics ?

Bioinformatics applies information technology to biology related research and industry practice. It is an integration of mathematical and computer methods to analyze biological, biochemical and biophysical data. There are many other definitions of bioinformatics, such as the one offered by Bioplanet.

Why should you consider bioinformatics as your career ?

Recent decades have seen our lives revolutionised by the development of information technology. More recently, we have witnessed a new revolution in our understanding of life’s DNA code, powered by the combination of information technology and biology. This new revolution is still a developing process; it does however show enormous prospects for our future medical health, for the pharmaceutical industry and for other relevant industries.

"In the future, many biomedical scientists will have to be well educated in both biology and computer science. One-sided education will not work." (Source: The Biomedical Information Science and Technology Initiative, National Institutes of Health (US), 1999)

If you are a computing, mathematics or an engineering student, your career prospects will be greatly increased by knowing how to apply your knowledge to the huge amount of available biological data.

If you are a biology student or a physics student, then information technology is the 'airplane' for your goal in this information age. You will work much more efficiently and have better career opportunities if you power yourself with information technology.

Why De Montfort University ?

If bioinformatics is the career for you, then De Montfort University is the right place to start:

  • DMU is located in the centre of England, making it a convenient location for London and other major cities. As a student in Leicester, you will also benefit from the city’s relatively low cost of living.
  • We have a well qualified and dedicated teaching and research team at DMU in both Computing and Life Sciences. During the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) the School of Computing achieved a rating of 4.
  • Full support is available to you whilst studying at DMU.
    The School of Computing has close links with industry, which helps our students to gain employment on graduation.

Who should Apply ?

In order to apply for the MSc in Bioinformatics, applicants must hold an honours degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, Biology or any related scientific/engineering discipline, from either a British university or a recognized equivalent. Applications are also welcomed from candidates with industrial experience sufficient to earn accredited prior learning. Competency in English is essential.