Postgraduate Diploma in Bioinformatics
Why Study Bioinformatics at Perdana University
Bioinformatics is a transformative science that is at the crux of interdisciplinary research, with a pivotal role in the growth of biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. It is essential for analysis and interpretation of complex and large biological datasets generated by functional studies and high throughput technologies, such as next-generation sequencing. With the advancements in molecular biology, genomics, genetics and medical sciences, there is currently a high demand for bioinformaticians worldwide, which is largely unmet, in-part due to a shortage in the supply of qualified and trained bioinformaticians.
Perdana University School for Postgraduate Studies, through the Perdana University Centre for Bioinformatics (PU-CBi), is pleased to offer several bioinformatics educational programmes at various levels of qualifications (Postgraduate Diploma, PgDip; Master of Science, MSc; and Doctor of Philosophy, PhD) that have been carefully designed in consultation with leading academic and industry experts of the field. The over-arching goal of these programmes is to empower bioscientists (students, researchers, and IT professionals supporting biologists) the ability to develop and/or apply innovative bioinformatics solutions to solve biological problems.
BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAMME
Graduates will be able to:
- Develop and apply innovative bioinformatics solutions to complex research problems
- Further their education in bioinformatics or any field of life sciences (basic, applied or services)
- Pursue a career in the life sciences, either in academia or industry
- The programme is recognized by the Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA) and approved by the Ministry of Education (MOE) Malaysia.
Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Computer Science/IT or a related field with minimum CGPA of 3.00 or other equivalent qualifications approved by the Senate of Perdana University.
Adequate proficiency in English Language as approved by the Perdana University Senate.
In the first semester, students will take four courses:
Critical Thinking and Scientific Communication, Foundation in Biology, Data-warehousing & Programming I, and Biostatistics. These courses will provide a solid foundation for students before they move on to more advanced Bioinformatics courses in the second semester. The first semester ensures that all students begin on the same footing, whether they are from a pure Biology or pure Computer Science background. Towards the end of the first semester, students will take part in a Research Seminar where they will keep abreast with all the latest research developments in the field.
In the second semester, students will take the following courses: Essential Topics in Bioinformatics, Data-warehousing & Programming II, Data Mining and Advanced Bioinformatics. These courses will prepare the students both theoretically and practically for their Bioinformatics Research Mini-project, where students will conduct a supervised research project under the guidance of an experienced supervisor. The Bioinformatics Research Mini-project will continue into the third semester. In the meantime, students will continue to attend the Research Seminar to stay updated with the field.
In the third semester, students will complete their Bioinformatics Research Mini-project and present on their research work. Should their research be of excellent quality, students will be encouraged to publish in scientific journals.
Courses can normally be completed within 3 years. As most courses have prerequisites, students will need to follow a study pathway to complete their postgraduate diploma. There are multiple pathways available. For more information, prospective applicants should contact the Programme Coordinator.
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Last updated October 2, 2015