Graduate Diploma in Bioinformatics Mid-Year Entry

Degree Type Graduate Diploma
Duration 1 year full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 3GD096
CRICOS 092946K

This degree is currently under review and is not accepting new admissions in 2021.

Build a career at the cutting edge

Bioinformatics is a still new science. It exists at the nexus of biological research, statistics and software engineering.

Thanks to fast-evolving technology and advances in genomics and proteomics, bioinformatics is developing at lightning speed.

What will you do?

Our Graduate Diploma in Bioinformatics covers core aspects of the field. You will:

  • practise a range of approaches to managing, analysing and interpreting biological data
  • explore DNA sequencing systems and statistical modelling
  • pursue electives according to your interests and career goals
  • gain competitive research and project management skills.

If you have recognised prior learning, you can also extend your studies into areas such as advanced algorithms, analysis of 'big data' and IT commercialisation.

Where could it take you?

This program might meet your professional development needs by itself or act as a first step towards the Master of Bioinformatics. As a bioinformatics specialist you could design complex databases or look at ways to accelerate and improve the growth of food crops. You might analyse how alternative medicines alter gene expression in cancers. Perhaps you’ll design new methods for detecting disease or food allergens.

  • Entry Requirements

    For those who are based in Adelaide, we will be offering a blended delivery mode that combines face-to-face with remote learning in as many courses as possible, taking into consideration social distancing and hygiene. All lectures will continue to be delivered online for the remainder of the year, with some exceptions.

    For our students who are studying offshore for the remainder of the 2021 Academic Year, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

    Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
    I am a:

    Domestic applicants

    Not a domestic applicant?

    SATAC Code 3GD096
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Future Students team

    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry

    Higher Education Study A completed Bachelor degree or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0.

    The completed degree must be in the field of: - Biological Science,
    - Physics,
    - Chemical Science,
    - Mathematical Sciences, or
    - Computer Science.

    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3GD096

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    CRICOS 092946K
    Intake February and July
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6.5 Writing 6.5
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 22 Writing 24
    Pearson Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 58 Writing 58
    C1 Advanced Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 176 Writing 176
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    More Information
    Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor degree or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0. Degree must be in the area of Biological Science, Physics, Chemical Science, Mathematical Sciences or Computer Science.
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

    Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
    I am a:

    Domestic applicants

    Not a domestic applicant?

    Indicative annual tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $35,000

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units) International student place: $43,000


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Potential careers

    Future Trader, Bioinformatician

  • Degree Structure

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative study plan
    Core Courses BIOINF 7110 Biology for Bioinformatics
    BIOINF 7120 Research Methods in Bioinformatics
    BIOINF 7130 Bioinformatics Practice
    BIOTECH 7005 Bioinformatics and Systems Modelling
    and courses to the value of 9 units from the following:
    COMP SCI 7201 Algorithm & Data Structure Analysis (3 units)
    BIOINF 7140 Epigenomics Applications (3 units)
    BIOINF 7150 Genomics Applications (3 units)
    BIOINF 7160 Transcriptomics Applications (3 units)
    and either
    COMP SCI 7007  Specialised Programming
    COMP SCI 7403 Mining Big Data
    and either
    STATS 7107 Statistical Modelling & Inference
    STATS 7054 Statistical Modelling
    Electives Elective courses to the value 3 units:

    BIOTECH 7000 Advanced Research Platforms (3 units)
    BIOTECH 7001 Drug Discovery and Development (3 units)
    BIOTECH 7004 Molecular Microbiology and Vaccines (3 units)
    COMP SCI 7094 Distributed Databases & Data Mining (3 units)
    COMP SCI 7201 Algorithm & Data Structure Analysis (3 units)
    COMP SCI 7301 Advanced Algorithms (3 units)
    COMP SCI 7401 Introduction to Statistical Machine Learning (3 units)
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  • Further Information

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Last updated: Monday, 14 Sep 2020