Bioinformatics by distance learning

Heather Vincent Heather.Vincent at
Mon Dec 24 15:36:45 EST 2001

The MSc in Bioinformatics at the University of Manchester is well
established and leads to a qualification widely recognised in the
biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Students study six taught
modules and then undertake a research project.

Web-based options have now been developed to make these modules
available within a password-protected Virtual Learning Environment
(VLE). Within the VLE, participants communicate with the course tutors
and with each other using email, bulletin boards and on-line tutorials. 
They also have access to the Distance Learning Service provided by the
University Library.

The distance learning modules may be studied either individually, or as
elements of the MSc programme. The modules follow two themes,
Bioinformatics and Computer Science. The Bioinformatics modules are:

Bioinformatics 1 (An introduction to Bioinformatics)
Bioinformatics 2 (Post Genomic Bioinformatics)
Theory and applications for Bioinformatics

The computing modules are:

The module fee for 2001/2002 is £550 and the next start date is 18
February 2002.  Participants who successfully complete a module will be
awarded a course certificate. At least two of the above modules must be
successfully completed before any application is made for the full MSc
by distance learning. A student enrolled for the MSc must complete all
of the taught modules before registering for the research project, and
complete the entire programme within five years.

Further information on Distance Learning in Bioinformatics, including
the MSc entry requirements, is available from Heather.Vincent at,
or from our web site:


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