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Master of Bioinformatics

Overview

Capitalise on the expanding demand for bioinformaticians with an interdisciplinary skill-set that will make you employable anywhere in the world.

The Master of Bioinformatics is designed for biological sciences, computing and mathematics graduates, who wish to increase their technical and research skills in core areas of bioinformatics, update their knowledge of recent technologies and methodologies, and obtain practical laboratory and computational skills through prolonged immersion in a research laboratory.

For your one year of full-time studies, you'll select from over 20 courses, allowing you to tailor your studies to suit your interests and career goals.

You'll also have the opportunity to complete an independent research project on campus or in industry, which will increase your technical and research skills.

As industries are moving more deeply into genetic technologies, the demand for bioinformaticians is expanding. This program will prepare you for a highly rewarding career in a variety of organisations, including pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, research organisations and government. 

Location
St Lucia
Duration
1 Year full-time (or part-time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 2 (3 Aug, 2020)
Program Code
5541
AQF
Level 9
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$41040 (indicative per year)
Duration
1 Year full-time
Start Semester
Semester 2 (3 Aug, 2020)
Program Code
5541
CRICOS Code
076218J
AQF
Level 9

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Gain advanced expertise in computational statistics, software engineering, data mining and genome informatics.
  • Learn from academics who are leading researchers in their fields.
  • Engage in laboratory research across disciplines such as neuroscience, medicine and agriculture.
  • Take advantage of links to industry, government and academic institutions in Australia and overseas.

1 in Australia for biotechnology

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019

9 in the world for biotechnology

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Research experience
  • Laboratory work
  • Seminars

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Advanced Bioinformatics
  • Advanced Genome Informatics
  • Major Research Project and Seminars
  • Algorithms and Data Structures

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Bioinformatician
  • Data scientist
  • Data analyst
  • Biostatistician
  • Clinical data manager
  • Geneticist
  • Medical writer
  • Technical writer
  • Research scientist
  • Software/database programmer

Graduate salary

Science and mathematics (postgraduate)

$76K–$87K

compared.edu.au

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

An approved equivalent Bachelor degree (Honours) in Science, IT, Engineering, or a relevant field, incorporating a major research project or other significant research experience, with introductions to molecular biology, computer science and statistics.

UQ or equivalent GPA of 5 or above on a 7 point scale.

Prerequisites

An approved equivalent Bachelor degree (Honours) in Science, IT, Engineering, or a relevant field, incorporating a major research project or other significant research experience, with introductions to molecular biology, computer science and statistics.

UQ or equivalent GPA of 5 or above on a 7 point scale.

English language requirements

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BE - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

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Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the academic or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven’t completed the prerequisites, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

Additional application information

Domestic students enrolled in the Master of Bioinformatics may be eligible to receive Commonwealth Government income support payments. Please contact Centrelink to determine eligibility.

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Bioinformatics are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Fees and Scholarships

Government assistance

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Learn more about financial aid

Indicative annual fee

AUD $41,040

Indicative annual fee 2020

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Bioinformatics for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units per academic year).

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis. All fees are reviewed annually.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

FEE-HELP

Domestic students who are accepted into the Master of Bioinformatics pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Learn more about FEE-HELP

Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

AUD $27,640

Indicative annual fee 2020

This indicative annual fee is the average cost of enrolling in the Master of Bioinformatics at 2020 fee rates. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units per academic year).

The average fee would be less for part-time study. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value and the time you take to complete this program. Fees may be higher in later years as all fees are reviewed annually.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - June 30 of the year of commencement.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

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