MSc in Molecular Informatics-PH773

MODE OF STUDY: MIXED MODE (30% COURSE WORK 70% RESEARCH)

DURATION OF STUDY: 1 YEAR (3 SEMESTERS; FULL SEMESTER) OR 2 YEARS (6 SEMESTERS; PART TIME)

GRADUATING CREDIT: 40

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Bachelor’s degree (Hons.) in Pharmacy with a CGPA of 3.00 and above
  1. IELTS (Score of 6.5 and above)

OR TOEFL (Score of 550 and above)

OR MUET (Band 3 and above)

  1. Any other qualifications approved by the Universiti Teknologi MARA’s Senate from time to time

DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM:

Molecular informatics involves the integration of two fields, which are Chemiformatics and Bioinformatics. The interaction between drug molecules and proteins in the human body is important in pharmacy - it allows the understanding of drugs, in particular how they produce both therapeutic and side effects. Therefore, this information allows pharmacist to give better advice to the patient. In addition, this information is also important in the discovery of new drugs. Technologies and initiatives such as combinatorial chemistry and Genome Wide Association Studies have generated a lot of data. In the chemical space, the amount of data is estimated at 1088 and in the biological space, the amount of data is estimated to be in the petabytes (1015). Data analysis in the chemical space is important to find new drug molecules and in the biological space, it is important to confirm the protein molecules involved in the pathophysiology of a disease. Given the large amount of data in both spaces, both Cheminformatics and Bioinformatics are needed to analyze large amounts of data systematically. Both Cheminformatics and Bioinformatics involve disciplines including chemistry, biology and computer science such as programming and data analysis.

In this program, students will be taught relevant courses such as Cheminformatics, Bioinformatics, Data Mining and Analytics. Students in this course will also undergo industrial training where they will gain real life experience in tackling drug discovery related problems. During the industrial training, students will work on a research project that will contribute to their final dissertation. This program is expected to produce skilled graduates that will be valuable in diverse areas of healthcare such as pharmaceutical and clinical research, and biotechnology.

OVERVIEW OF THE PROGRAM

Semester 1

Course Code Course Name Credit Hour
CORE
PHP7XX Cheminformatics: Theory and Application 3
PHP7XX Bioinformatics: Theory and Application 3
PHP7xx Machine Learning in Molecular Informatics 2
PHP7XX Research Methodology 4
*Depending on the students’ background, they will also undertake either the Life Science or Computer Science module
LIFE SCIENCE  MODULE COMPUTER SCIENCE MODULE
Principles of Pharmacology & Medicinal Chemistry (3) Bioinformatics Programming (3)
       

Semester 2

Course Code Course Name Credit Hour
CORE
PHP7XX Data Mining & Analytics in Molecular Informatics 3
PHP7XX Industrial Training 6
PHP7XX Postgraduate Seminar 6

Semester 3

Course Code Course Name Credit Hour
CORE
PHP7XX Dissertation 10

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