Master of Bioinformatics
Campus North Terrace Campus
Degree Type Masters by Coursework
Duration 2 years full-time or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code N/A
Bioinformatics is a still-new science that will lead to new biological discoveries. For example, in one research project at the University of Adelaide, we are analysing the patterns of gene expression altered by Traditional Chinese Medicine in cancers as a way to understand the biological basis of these treatments.
The Master of Bioinformatics is an innovative postgraduate program combining coursework and a major research project.
It’s focused on applying bioinformatic analyses to real world problems in human health and agriculture.
The program has a strong experimental and application focus. You’ll discover data generation technology platforms and develop competitive analytical and research skills.
You’ll also explore the many interlinked issues in translational bioinformatic research, translation and development.
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Mid-year entry Subject to availability Intake February and July Enquiries Ask AdelaideGraduate entry only
Graduate Entry A completed Bachelor degree or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0
The completed degree must be in the field of either Mathematical, Computer or Natural Sciences (or equivalent).
In addition, at least the following courses (or equivalent) must have been completed: - Maths 1A and Maths 1B,
- Introduction to Programming,
- Introduction to Biology/Biochemistry/Chemistry/Physics.
CRICOS 092945M Intake February and July
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 Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 58 Writing 58 Cambridge 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
Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor degree or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0. Degree must be in either Mathematical, Computer or Natural Science or equivalent, with at least the following courses completed (or equivalent): - Maths 1A and Maths 1B
- Introduction to programming
- Introduction to Biology/Biochemistry/Chemistry/Physics
Fees and Scholarships
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Annual tuition feesAustralian Full-fee place: $29,000
Annual tuition fees International student place: $38,500
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
Career ReadinessBioinformatics offers rewarding and well-paid careers using advanced technologies that will transform the biomedical and agricultural industries.
You’ll find career opportunities in research and development, and advisory and consultancy positions in private companies, government departments and universities.
Our graduates find employment in:
- pharmaceutical companies
- genomics service companies (e.g. 23andme/Ancestry.com)
- biotechnology companies (establish and startups)
- medical diagnostics providers - public and private
- medical research institutes
- government departments (defence, health, innovation, agriculture, environment)
- public health research laboratories
- research hospitals
- academic institutions.
The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.
A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.
To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.
Degree StructureThe 48-unit master’s program is made up of 24units of coursework and 24units of laboratory based research.
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 COMP SCI 7201 Algorithm & Data Structure Analysis COMP SCI 7007 Specialised Programming
COMP SCI 7403 Mining Big Data
STATS 7107 Statistical Modelling & Inference
STATS 7054 Statistical Modelling
Research Project BIOINF 7200A Research Project Part 1 BIOINF 7200B Research Project Part 2 Electives Elective courses to the value 3 units:
BIOTECH 7000 Advanced Research Platforms (3 units)
BIOTECH 7001 Drug Discovery and Development (3 units)
BIOTECH 7002 Stem Cells and Advanced Tissue Culture (3 units)
BIOTECH 7004 Molecular Microbiology and Vaccines (3 units)
COMP SCI 7094 Distributed Databases & Data Mining (3 units)
COMP SCI 7301 Advanced Algorithms (3 units)
COMP SCI 7201 Algorithm & Data Structure Analysis (3 units)
COMP SCI 7401 Introduction to Statistical Machine Learning (3 units)
For individual courses, assessment includes examinations, written and oral assignments and investigative projects (both individual and group). The research project is assessed by a literature review, research proposal, seminar, viva voce and a thesis.
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Last updated: Wednesday, 27 Sep 2017