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The University of Queensland

Brisbane , Queensland ,Australia

Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics

Expand your skill-set with advanced bioinformatics courses and develop specialisations for further study.

The Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics is designed for graduates in science, IT, engineering or an approved discipline, or experienced professionals, who wish to develop and effectively use best bioinformatics practice to solve scientific problems. It will also help provide a preparation for entry into a Higher Degree by Research program.

For your half year of full-time (or part-time equivalent) studies, you'll benefit from advanced courses providing you with specialised knowledge together with valuable skills associated with your selected areas of study.

This program prepares you for a highly rewarding career in a variety of organisations, including pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, research organisations and government.

Program highlights

  • Gain advanced knowledge in computational statistics, software engineering, data mining and genome informatics.
  • Learn from academics who are leading researchers in their fields.
  • Take advantage of links to industry, government and academic institutions in Australia and overseas.

Campus Information

St Lucia

Situated on 114 hectares of Brisbane River-bound land, UQ’s main campus is a vibrant mix of majestic sandstone buildings and contemporary architecture, landscaped gardens and lakes. Fanning out from the heritage-listed Great Court, you’ll find modern teaching and research facilities, including laboratories, lecture theatres, and Queensland’s largest research library. The expansive grounds are also home to a variety of sporting facilities, museums, cafes, and those famous Jacaranda trees. The St Lucia campus is only seven kilometres from Brisbane’s city centre, making it an appealing place to study, work or visit.


  • Feb

Application Processing Time in Days: 28

Application Process


Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

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

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Bachelor degree in Science, IT, Engineering or an approved discipline, with UQ or equivalent GPA of 4.5 or above on a 7 point scale; or
5 years of work experience in the same discipline.