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The last 15 years has seen a massive increase in the amount of biological data we are able to produce. Bioinformatics is about using techniques from computer science and statistics to extract information from this data. The Master of Science (Bioinformatics) is a unique course in Australia, taking students from computer science, biology and statistics backgrounds. By taking subjects in other areas you develop a wide range of skills, applicable to many potential occupations. Being part of the Parkville Biomedical Precinct is also a big plus, with the University having close connections to the nearby research institutes. Luke Zappia

Bioinformatics is one of the key sciences of this century, and demand for specialists in the area is strong and growing, with bioinformaticians acting as an effective bridge between biologists and computer scientists, enhancing our understanding of biology and biological processes.Employers in this field include:

  • Medical research institutes
  • Government departments of defence, health, innovation, agriculture, environment and economic development
  • Public health research laboratories
  • Research hospitals
  • Research-focused companies such as IBM and CSL
  • Academic institutions
  • Research infrastructure initiatives such as Melbourne Bioinformatics, Nectar and RDS

Many of our students will work as data scientists in high-profile research groups, and some then progress to a PhD. All students participate in a range of activities supported by organisations such as Melbourne Bioinformatics, EMBL-ABR, COMBINE and ABACBS, which have been established to promote and resource networks and skills to help nurture the careers of people wanting to work in this sector.

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