Master of Science (Bioinformatics)
What do you get when you combine genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry and physiology with computer science, statistics and applied mathematics? The answer? Bioinformatics – tools that give you the power to unlock biological secrets.
This coursework masters degree, which includes a major research project component, provides a broad education in bioinformatics, with strong foundations in computer science and statistics.
Whether your background is in biology, biomedicine, mathematics/statistics, or computer science, there’s an entry point for you into this degree.
Be in demand globally
With demand for bioinformaticians growing worldwide, you'll be well placed to use the skills and networks you develop during this course to build an exciting career.
A course tailored for you
You'll customise your first year based on your academic background, then follow it up with a common second year that builds a broad knowledge of bioinformatics.
Located in the heart of the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct
You’ll benefit from our close connections to the 30 hospitals, medical research organisations and biotechnology institutes that make up the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct – all within a short walk of the University of Melbourne.
Develop your skills with real-world problems
You’ll graduate with a major research project to feature in your CV. In the research project, you’ll develop and apply bioinformatics tools to real-world problems, with support from an expert bioinformatician from within the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct.
Gain more than just technical skills
We know that soft skills are important too, which is why we include a subject on scientific communication, to ensure you can speak and write effectively about your research.
Your research experience might inspire you to continue to a PhD, or you can put your analytical and communication skills to use in the global workforce, alongside many of our alumni.
Our Parkville campus is a city within a city. With cafes, 12 libraries, gyms, specialty stores, a small supermarket, and even a seasonal farmers market, you’ll never have to leave. The Parkville campus is situated within a renowned knowledge precinct, which includes eight hospitals, many leading research institutes and a wide range of knowledge-based industries.
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Minimum English Language Requirements
|English Level Description||IELTS (1.0 -9.0)||TOEFL IBT (0-120)||TOEFL CBT (0-300)||PTE (10-90)|
|Extremely Limited||< 4||< 31||< 93||< 30|
Job Opportunity Potential
The University of Melbourne runs a twice-annual mentoring programme that brings students together with alumni mentors who guide them through the career decision-making process.
Faculty-specific resources assist students in finding the most relevant careers advice for them. Students are also able to take self-assessment tests to help them determine which occupation is most suited to them.
We run workshops, one-on-one sessions, and student mentoring programs to give you the advice you need, when you need it.
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About Careers and Employability
We provide you with the resources, support, and tools you need to achieve your career goals. Learn about our approach to employability and careers.
When you start university you may already know which career path you’d like to pursue. Or, you might be exploring your unique interests, passions, and opportunities.
No matter which category you’re in, career development starts from your first day at university. Career development doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time to develop a greater awareness of who you are and what you want to achieve.
At the University of Melbourne, career development is a journey that involves:
- Understanding and reflecting on your motivations and preferences, current skills and knowledge gaps
- Researching potential opportunities that help you develop meaningful, industry-relevant experiences
- Goal setting and deciding on what career success means to you
- Seeking and applying for roles that align with this vision.
- During this process, your ability to understand and apply your knowledge will be critical in making successful career decisions. We have dedicated career advisers who can guide you through this career development journey.
What are employability skills?
Employability skills are more than just your ability to land a job. They cover your attitude, personal qualities, and transferable skills (e.g. teamwork and communication).
These skills are valued regardless of the role or industry you’re interested in—and understanding their importance can help you succeed in your career and beyond.
Our aim is to help you develop these skills so you can progress professionally in the workforce and community.
How we can help you
We provide online and in-person services: from one-on-one guidance, to learning modules, on campus workshops, and more.
We support you to:
- Understand the possibilities open to you during and after your time at university
- Design your career by understanding where your degree can take you, and guide you on what experiences will help you gain future employment
- Identify your skills and how they apply to actual jobs in the industry you’re interested in
- Find opportunities via our online jobs board and our employability programs
- Connect with employers and professionals through our mentoring programs and industry networks
- Navigate the job application process so your cover letter, resume, and interview style sets you up for success.
- Our services are available to all current undergraduate and graduate University of Melbourne students.
Bioinformatics is one of the key sciences of this century, and demand for specialists in the area is strong and growing.
Our graduates go on to work as bioinformaticians, data scientists and analysts, and computational biologists.
Employers in this field include:
- Medical research institutes such as the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute and the Florey Institute
- Research hospitals such as the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
- Government departments of health and economic development
- Research-focused companies such as CSL and GSK
- Universities and public research institutions such the CSIRO.
- Technical and professional skills
On graduating from the course you’ll have a broad education in bioinformatics, with strong foundations in computer science, biology and statistics. Additionally, you’ll have strong professional skills in:
- Programming and software development
- Critical thinking and problem-solving
- Research planning, literature reviews and ethical considerations
- Scientific communication, both written and oral.
- 2 years PSW
Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria
- You need to successfully complete an undergraduate degree, either from the University of Melbourne, another Australian institution, or a university overseas. You also need to meet English language requirements and be eligible to be offered an international graduate place.
- If you've achieved high marks in your Melbourne undergraduate studies you can even be made an early offer. Depending on your previous studies and experience you could also be eligible for credit towards your studies at the University.
TOEFL – you need a score from a minimum of 577+ including a score of at least 4.5 in the Test of Written English for a paper-based test. Or a score of at least 79 and scores of at least 21 for writing, 18 for speaking, 13 for reading, 13 for listening for an internet-based test.
IELTS – you need a score from a minimum of 6.5 or more in the Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with no bands less than 6.0.
Pearson Test of English – you need an overall score from a minimum between 58-64 inclusive and achieve no PTE communicative skills score below 50.
Cambridge English, Advanced/Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) – you need a Cambridge English Score from a minimum 176 with no skill below 169.
- Course Code: 094592D
- Course Type: Full Time
- Course Level: Masters/PG Degree
- Duration: 02 Year
Total Tuition Fee:
Annual Cost of Living: 21041 AUD
Application Fee: 100 AUD
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