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Postgraduate Course

MSc Data Analytics in Health Genomics

MSc Data Analytics in Health Genomics

Overview

The details
Data Analytics in Health Genomics
October 2020
Full-time
1 year
Colchester Campus

This course is currently subject to approval.

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 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.

MSc Data Analytics in Health Genomics will cover the following topics, amongst others:

  • Gene technologies and general genomics
  • Bioinformatics and computational biology
  • Data analysis and computing programming
  • State-of-the-art genome-wide analysis techniques
  • Statistical analysis of biomedical data

Two-thirds of our research is rated “world-leading” or “internationally excellent” (REF 2014), and you learn from and work alongside our expert staff.

Why we're great.
  • Work alongside recognised experts in the fields of genetics and genomics.
  • We have broad expertise in teaching both genomics and computational biology.
  • Use our state-of-the-art computational facilities, including a high-performance computing cluster.
THE Awards 2018 - Winner University of the Year

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.

Specialist facilities

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.

Your future

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.

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

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.

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

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English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum component score of 5.5

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Additional Notes

The University uses academic selection criteria to determine an applicant’s ability to successfully complete a course at the University of Essex. Where appropriate, we may ask for specific information relating to previous modules studied or work experience.

Structure

Example structure

All of the modules listed below provide an example of what is on offer from the current academic year. Our Programme Specification provides further details of the course structure for the current academic year.

Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.

Please note, new structure for 2020 will be published soon.

Gene Technology and Synthetic Biology

The development of techniques to manipulate and analyse nucleic acids has revolutionised the study of biology, and provided the key driver for massive expansion in biotechnology. You explore the major tools used in gene technology and gain a practical understanding of how they are used, as well as the molecular techniques that can be used to explore biological questions. Gain an understanding of the impact of gene technology and synthetic biology and explore the applications of genome scale methods for studying gene expression in biotechnology and molecular medicine.

View Gene Technology and Synthetic Biology on our Module Directory

Genomics

The sequencing of the human genome is one of the biggest achievements of this century. Nowadays, genomics is leading to major advances in biotechnology and molecular medicine, such as enhanced diagnostic tools, better vaccines, improved treatments for disease, and better detection of pollutants. In this module, you gain an understanding of current genomics approaches, including genome sequencing and comparative genomics. You also learn how to study your own genomic data, using state-of-the-art computational resources.

View Genomics on our Module Directory

Professional Skills and the Business of Biosciences

Gain invaluable insight into the functioning of the Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical industries, investigate some of the most timely and contentious topics in Biotechnology, and develop transferable professional and research skills to enhance your chances of securing employment in the field.

View Professional Skills and the Business of Biosciences on our Module Directory

Teaching

We teach using a combination of lectures, laboratory practical’s, tutorials, seminars, fieldwork, independent reading and research projects.

Assessment

Our modules are assessed by a combination of exams, essays, presentations and written reviews.

Dissertation

An important component of the course is a research project under the supervision of one of our internationally recognised investigators. Your research project will immerse you in a research environment, allowing you to conduct your research alongside our expert academics and PhD students in shared labs.

Fees and funding

Home/EU fee

£8,340

International fee

£17,900

Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

What's next

Open Days

We hold Open Days for all our applicants throughout the year. Our Colchester Campus events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex, and give you the chance to:

  • tour our campus and accommodation
  • find out answers to your questions about our courses, student finance, graduate employability, student support and more
  • meet our students and staff

If the dates of our organised events aren’t suitable for you, feel free to get in touch by emailing tours@essex.ac.uk and we’ll arrange an individual campus tour for you.

Applying

You can apply for this postgraduate course online. Before you apply, please check our information about necessary documents that we’ll ask you to provide as part of your application.

We aim to respond to applications within two weeks. If we are able to offer you a place, you will be contacted via email.

For information on our deadline to apply for this course, please see our ‘how to apply’ information.

Colchester Campus

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