Learning and assessment
How you will learn
We are preparing your tutorials, laboratory classes, workshops and seminars so that you can study and discuss your subjects with your tutors and fellow students in stimulating and enjoyable ways. While we will keep some elements of online course delivery, particularly while Covid-19 restrictions remain in place or where this enhances course delivery, teaching is being planned to take place in-person wherever possible. This will be subject to government guidance remaining unchanged.
We will use the best of digital technologies to support both your in-person and online teaching. We will provide live, interactive online sessions, alongside pre-recorded teaching materials so that you can work through them at your own pace. While the mix of in-person and digital teaching will vary by course, we aim to increase the proportion of in-person teaching in the spring term.
- Problem-based learning
- Small group learning
- Computer-based exercises
- Project work
Teaching methods and module delivery are determined by content but it is anticipated that at least half of your time will be spent completing practical tasks in computer labs or active research projects. The teaching week is split into teaching days and days where you are free to complete assignments.
Most of the formal teaching will occur during the autumn semester with some in the spring.
How you will be assessed
All assessments in the 2021/22 academic year will be delivered online unless there is a professional accreditation requirement or a specific need for on-campus delivery and in-person invigilation.
- Group project
- Project work
Students will focus on a group bioinformatics project during semester two with a final project running into the summer. Students are required to complete six compulsory modules (20 credits each), a group project (60 credits) and an individual final project (60 credits) on a topic relevant to bioinformatics.
The pass mark for the MSc is 50%. Students failing to achieve that grade may be given the opportunity to obtain a Diploma in recognition of work already completed if they achieve a grade between 40-49%. Diploma students do not undertake a final 60 credit project.
Contact time and study hours
As a guide, one credit equals approximately 10 hours of work. For the taught-stage of the course, you will spend approximately a third of your time (around 400 hours) in lectures, tutorials, workshops, practical classes, including the directed study which is necessary in preparation for workshops/practical classes. The remaining time will be completed as independent study. Tutorial sessions are built into the timetable and there are several group and individual meetings timetabled throughout the year. Additional meetings can be requested as needed.