Advanced Computer Science: Digital Biology [MSc]

Introduction

These are exciting times in biology and medicine. The genomics revolution is opening up whole new areas of research - from new insights into how organisms function, to new understandings of disease and disease processes. Medicine is currently involved in the largest and most ambitious IT project in the world - the capture and interpretation of electronic patient records. This information will make health care much more effective and can help spot new diseases early - whilst they can still be contained and controlled. At the heart of all these developments are data and knowledge - and a real need and demand for the skills and techniques that computer scientists can bring these problem areas. Biology and healthcare now provide some of the fastest growing and most challenging areas for computer scientists to apply their skills.


Pathways and specialisation

In the School of Computer Science, we recognise that it is not always possible to know in advance whether and within which academic field you wish to specialise. Therefore, you can start on the ACS course, choose themes and course units following our information sessions during Welcome Week, and even change your specialisation after arriving.

For example a student who enrols on the Advanced Computer Science course might decide during their studies that they wish to have a specialisation reflected in their degree title. If the student's study choices fit one of our pathways, then they can opt to have this pathway added as a specialisation at any time whilst studying at Manchester.

We have also made it easy for a student who enrols on a specialising pathway to decide later that they would prefer to have a broader skills set reflected in their degree title. To enable this we have made it very easy for a student to transfer from a pathway to the Advanced Computer Science course.

Please see the left hand navigation for a list of available pathways.

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