A little bit of how to read the list of courses below:
In your masters you will have a Theoretical component of 15 EC, with the obligatory courses. This is the essentials course and either introduction to Modelling or Bioinformatics and Genomics, depending on your previous education. Together this amounts up to 9.5 EC. This means you have 5.5 EC left, which you have to fill up with the courses from the list on the bottom of the page (except for the intro R and Python, those are not part of the masters program). These are the official BiBC courses. In Period 1 the two main theoretical courses are given. Normally course enrolments for period 1 are already in May which is too early for those who start in September, therefore the coordinator of the master program will enrol you instead. So as a starting student (year 1 of the masters) you don’t need to worry about the first courses!
Below you will see a schedule, this schedule is made to help you plan, not as an exact … this is the way it has to be.. list. Because if you add up all the EC’s of the courses listed you will go well beyond 15EC.. Luckily you also have an ELECTIVE component which is 12 EC in total. You may fill those 12 EC with our bioinformatics courses, but you are also allowed to look elsewhere at what is offered at the University! (use this link to search the course catalogus)
As mentioned above, we have decided to offer all our Bioinformatics courses in Period 1,2 and Period 3, and were possible back to back without much overlap. Again you can also choose other courses (for the electives), that is fine, but you have to schedule them yourselves. They may overlap, or even been given in a different period. This is not a problem, but it is up to you to make it work in your schedule. Also important to know, it is not a problem to combine your major research project with courses! Actually that is the way to do it.
It is the idea is that you start a Major Research Project before January, that would be most efficient. Perhaps you have seen a great group and topic? And maybe that topic requires you to learn a little bit more about a certain bioinformatics or biocomplexity item which is possibly given in one of our courses 😉
(FC = Free choice course that can be taken as part of the theoretical phase or Electives)
Period 1: Theoretical (obligatory) courses (Osiris numbers can be found in the table at the end)
|GSLS introduction week (ILS) (obligatory week)||04-09-2023 to 9-09-2023||Fulltime 1 week|
|BiBC Essentials (4.5 EC) B-MBIOCES
||11-09-2023 to 20-10-2023||Timeslot B/C|
|Introduction to Biological Modelling (5 EC) B-MBIOINBM
||11-09-2023 to 20-10-2023||Timeslot A/D (*)|
|Bioinformatics and Genomics (5 EC) B-MBIOGEN
||11-09-2023 to 20-10-2023||Timeslot A/D (*)|
|Poster session and social event for 1st & 2nd year BiBC students (OBLIGARORY DAY)
||26th of October 2023||All day: Obligatory for all BiBC students
The now 2nd year students will present their internships to the 1st year students.
|Advanced R (3 EC) B-MADR19||30-10-2023 to 10-11-2023||Fulltime 2 weeks|
* Together with the coordinator it will be decided which course you will follow.
|Biological Modelling (Adv) (5 EC) B-MBIMOD||14-11-2023 to 23-12-2023||Timeslot B/C|
|Microbial Genomics (4.5 EC) B-MBIMIGE||13-11-2023 to 01-12-2023||Fulltime (3 weeks)|
|Bioinformatics and Evol. Genomics (3 EC) B-MBIEG06||18-12-2023 to 12-01-2024||Fulltime (2 weeks) (with holiday in middle)|
|Exam/Retake week:||dec 11-15 December 2023|
|Structural Bioinformatics (4.5 EC)SK-MCBIM21||15-01-2024 to 02-02-2024||Fulltime (3 weeks)|
Period 3: and further, preferably you now have also started with your Major Research Project, Minor, Writing assignment and so on.
|Computational Biology (7.5 EC) B-MCOBI17||05-02-2024 to 19-04-2024||Timeslot B/C (full period!)|
|Cancer Genomics (3 EC) BMB521219||05-02-2024 to 16-02-2024||Fulltime (2 weeks)|
|Advanced Omics (1.5 EC) BMB502316||26-02-2024 to 01-03-2024||Fulltime (1 week)|
|Basic Machine Learning (3 EC) B-MBIOBMLB||04-03-2024 to 15-03-2023||Fulltime (2 weeks)|
|Analytics and Algorithms (3 EC) BMB508219||18-03-2024 to 31-03-2023||Fulltime (2 weeks)|
|Advanced Bioinformatics (1.5 EC) BMB502214)
||08-04-2024 tot 12-04-2024||Fulltime (1 week)|
|Exam and retake week||01-04-2024 to 05-04-2024|
An overview of all UBC/BiBC courses offered + Osiris code
|Master level comp Biol:||B-MCOBI17|
|Bioinformatics and Evolutionary genomics||B-MBIEG06|
|Structural Bioinformatics and Modelling||SK-MSTBIMO|
|Advanced R for the Life Sciences||B-MADR19|
|Advanced Omics for Life Science||BMB502316|
|Advanced Bioinformatics for Life Sciences||BMB502114|
|Introduction to research data management for the life sciences||B-MINRDM|
|Analytics and Algorithms for Omics data||BMB508219|
|Bioinformatica en Genoom analyse||BMW33316|
|Essentials (Master Cursus)||B-MBIOCES|
|bioinformatics and genomics||B-MBIOGEN|
|Basic Machine Learning||B-MBIOMLB|
|Data Science & Biology***||B-B2DSB19|
|Genes 2 Organisms***||SK-MCSB|
*** these are bachelor courses and can only be followed as a mandatory component in case you have some deficiencies in your background knowledge.
For those interested in a bit more Modelling/BioComplexity/Mathematics:
The list below is a number of recommended courses. The first 4 are bachelor courses, which means you maybe can follow them but won’t get full credits (EC) and you need permission from the Board of Examiners.
The last 3 courses are really nice master level courses. Be aware that we cannot guarantee enrolment in these courses, as they are officially offered in an other masters programme. But if you are interested, let the BiBC coordinator know and we can try to get you enrolled.