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Distance Learning in Bioinformatics

Heather Vincent mqbsshmv at fs1.scg.man.ac.uk
Mon Dec 4 20:35:00 EST 2000

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)
Algorithms in Bioinformatics

The computing modules are:

Applications are now invited for the Bioinformatics 1 and C for
Bioinformatics, beginning in February 2001.  The module fee for
2000/2001 is £500.  Participants who successfully complete a module will
be awarded a course certificate.  At least two of the 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 man.ac.uk,
or from our web site:


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