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Computational Biology

Since the structure of DNA was discovered over half a century ago, the amount of data gathered by biotech researchers has grown exponentially. Software has now become one of the main tools used by biologists to make sense of genomics and related data. CIT’s MSc in Computational Biology provides graduates with the interdisciplinary skills needed by research institutes and industry to conduct this research. This MSc builds on the recognised international research record of CIT’s biotech researchers.

The programme is designed to offer Bioscience and Computer Science graduates the opportunity to develop their knowledge of computing technologies, computational biology and statistics and apply this to the solution of life science problems. It aims to create highly skilled individuals with a unique combination of Bio and ICT skills.

The programme will consist of lectures, a substantial research project which will be presented as a dissertation, tutorials, online peer assisted learning, case studies, data analysis, and assignments. A significant portion of case studies, data analysis and assignments will be carried out by the student in his/her own time in accordance with directed learning guidelines provided.

Student who successfully complete the taught elements of the programme (usually concluded in the first two semesters) will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Computational Biology. The MSc Degree in Computational Biology is awarded to successful candidates who complete the coursework examinations and dissertation aspects of the programme.

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements A minimum of a second-class honours (2.2) Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences, Computing or a related discipline.

Candidates with relevant experience will be considered for places through approved processes for recognition of prior learning (RPL), visit


18 Months Full Time Duration.

No. of weeks per semester: 13
No. of timetable hours week: 20
Which days: Monday - Friday.
Duration: Three semesters (usually over 15 months)

Number of credits

M.Sc.: 90 ECTS; P.Grad.Dip.: 60 ECTS

Further enquiries

Dr Roy Sleator
Department of Biological Sciences
T: +353 21 433 5405

Subjects taught

All modules are worth 5 credits (ECTS) unless otherwise noted.
The elective modules offered in any given year are delivered subject to demand and resource availability.

Semester 1
• Structural Biology (10 ECTS)
• Databases & Ontologies (10 ECTS)

• Application Development for Biosciences 1
• Bioinformatics 1
• Molecular Biology for Computer Scientists 1

Semester 2
• IT Systems Engineering and Management for Biosciences (10 ECTS)
• Biostatistics (10 ECTS)

• Molecular Biology for Computer Scientists 2
• Bioinformatics 2
• Advanced Application Development for Biosciences 2
• Systems Biology

Semester 3
• Research Project (30 ECTS)


Location: CIT Bishopstown Campus

Application date

Closing date: 9th September 2017

Course fee

EU Applicants: €5,000
Non EU Students: €12,000

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