Course Description

Bioinformatics is often described as the future of biology research: it is a multidisciplinary field that combines all areas of biology (including genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry and physiology) with computer science, statistics and applied mathematics to help understand biology and biological processes. Bioinformaticians act as an effective bridge between biologists and computer scientists.

The Master of Science (Bioinformatics) program draws on the expertise of high profile researchers and practitioners situated in the heart of the internationally renowned Parkville Biomedical Research Precinct, one of the most highly concentrated biological research and health services precincts in the world.

This stream provides a broad education in bioinformatics, with strong foundations in computer science. You will undertake independent research in bioinformatics with the potential to progress to a PhD.

Depending on your entry pathway (biology/biomedicine, computer science or mathematics and statistics), you will take a customised set of first and second semester subjects. All students take a common third and fourth semester (second year).

Career outcomes

Bioinformatics is one of the key sciences of the new century, and demand for specialists in the area is strong and growing.

As a graduate, you may find a rewarding career as a:

  • Bioinformatician
  • Scientific programmer
  • Computational biologist

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