MSc Data Analytics in Health Genomics will train you to analyse genomic data in connection with health and disease. You will explore how genome sequences are analysed and you will receive hands-on experience in data analysis. You will also study gene and genome technologies, as well as have the opportunity to develop your professional skills.
Genome sequencing is revolutionising the field of medicine. The ability to sequence and analyse the genome of individuals in a fast and inexpensive manner, provides an unprecedented level of genetic information associated to health and disease. The data processing of such levels of information is challenging, and requires specialised skills in genomics, health and data analysis.
MSc Data Analytics in Health Genomics will cover the following topics, amongst others:
Two-thirds of our research is rated “world-leading” or “internationally excellent” (REF 2014), and you learn from and work alongside our expert staff.
As one of the largest schools at our university, we offer a lively, friendly and supportive environment with a research-led study and high quality teaching. You benefit from our academics’ wide range of expertise and research on important national and international problems using cutting-edge techniques.
The course is directed by Dr Antonio Marco and Dr Radu Zabet. Dr Marco is an geneticist working on population genomics and the computational design of DNA-based drugs. Dr Zabet is an expert in chromatin and epigenetics focused on gene regulation and epigenetic changes in diseases. Other teaching staff include members of our Genomics and Protein groups.
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We have a dedicated High-Performance Computing Cluster (HPCC) benefiting from over 500 processors distributed in several nodes, each with 1Tb of RAM memory and 1Pb of storage.
Personalised medicine is becoming a priority for health providers and governmental agencies around the world. Studying MSc Data Analytics in Health Genomics will enable you to be a part of the next generation of healthcare providers, equipped with the necessary skills in health data analytics and genomics to make a real difference.
Potential career paths include: genomics consultant, health data analyst, genomic diagnostic specialist and scientist/researcher in health genomics.
A degree with an overall 2.2, or equivalent, in a relevant subject such as: Biology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Science(s), Genetics, Pharmacology, Medicine, Chemistry.
Your degree should contain some Biology/Medical components including: Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Molecular Genetics, Drug Design, Immunology, Microbiology and Virology.
We will also consider applicants with backgrounds in Data Science, Bioinformatics or Computer Science degrees on a case by case basis.
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