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Postgraduate Diploma in Bioinformatics

Overview

Bioinformatics is essential for analysis and interpretation of complex and large biological datasets generated by functional studies and high throughout technologies, such as next-generation sequencing. It is used to propose the next sets of experiments and, most importantly, to derive better understanding of biological processes. Biological data and the databases storing them are increasing at an unparalleled rate. Experimental approaches to study the large data pool for knowledge discovery are time-consuming, costly and often impractical.

Through a combination of bioinformatics and experimental approaches, it is possible to select key experiments and help optimize experimental deisgn. Computer algorithms are increasingly used to speed-up the process of knowledge discovery by helping to identify critical experiments for testing hypothesis built upon the results of computational screening.


The demand for skilled bioinformaticians and researchers who are capable of the above is increasing globally at a rapid rate. Such personnel who are able to master the world of biology and computing would be the key drivers of the New Biology of tomorrow, which will be more data and precision-driven.

The Perdana University School of Data Sciences, through its two Centres for Bioinformatics and Computing, provides a nurturing environment for students to prepare themselves for entering this rapidly expanding field.

The following are the key strengths of the School in the field of bioinformatics:

 Highly qualified and published faculty with international exposure and experience

 All the faculty collectively cover a broad range of current areas of research interest in life sciences

 Success to key strategic partners from academia and industry who are throught leaders in the field

 Access to computational resources, such as HPC/Grid clusters and network of supercomputers

Through this short one-year postgraduate programme juxtaposed in between undergraduate and postgraduate MSc/PhD programmes, Perdana University aims to fill the unmet demand for competent bioinformaticians by offering this one-year Postgraduate Diploma in Bioinformatics programme. The over-arching goal of this programme 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 by providing them the foundation necessary to manage and mine the wealth of available biological data for knowledge discovery.

The programme will provide a balance between theoretical understandings and practical skills, with sufficient exposure to research pipeline, from inception and critique of ideas to communication and defense of research findings. The curriculum is designed to be directly in line with the mission of the university in training professionals to help them acquire and create knowledge, think critically and achieve their fill intellectual potential in order to better serve humanity, in accordance to the highest professional and ethical standards.

 The first and only Postgraduate Diploma in Bioinformatics programme offered in Malaysia

  A home-grown programme, in line with the roadmap for Bioinformatics of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Malaysia (MOSTI)

  Curriculum is aligned to the needs of the bioinformatics industry and the scientific community

  A one year programme to bridge the gap between local Bachelors and Masters programmes in Bioinformatics

  Low student numbers per intake for quality education

 Students from pure biology, computer science or the life sciences background are encouraged to enroll to begin their journey into bioinformatics

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 better prospects in a career in life sciences, either in academia or industry

Computer laboratories with high-end workstations that are equipped with cutting-edge toolkits and resources will be used for the teaching and learning activities of the students. Students will have access to online databases and international journals as well as the latest in computing software to enhance their studies. They will also be supported by a virtual learning environment through which they will remain connected with their peers and instructors throughout the course of their education.



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Course Approval Number:

KP/JPS(N/545/7/0032)1/19

Award Title:

Postgraduate Diploma in Bioinformatics (PgD)

Mode of Study:

Full-time (1 year) / Part-time (up to 3 years)

Credit Hours:

33

Intake

Student intake commences every September

Academic Qualification Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Computer Science/IT or a related field with a minimum CGPA of 3.00 or other equivalent qualifications approved by the Senate of Perdana University

English Language Requirements

TOEFL minimum score of 600 or IELTS minimum Band 6 or higher. Exceptions in the IELTS or TOEFL requirements may be made on a discretionary basis by the University Senate

Other

Having taken the Perdana University Introductory Bioinformatics Workshop will be advantageous. Other equivalent qualifications approved by the Senate of Perdana University

To attract the best students to Perdana University, we are commited to finding resources to help fund for their education

 Perdana University Scholarships

 The Higher National Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN)