Master of Bioinformatics

General

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Program Description

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This course provides students with skills and experience in bioinformatics, focusing on omics science, computer programming, applied mathematics and statistics.

It provides work experience in relevant organisations within the industry, allowing students to gain an understanding of the application of bioinformatics in a real-world context. It also focuses on practical skills for researchers and industry professionals in bioinformatics and offers flexible study options through on-campus and off-campus study.

Course Entry

Academic Admission requirements (Band 6)

Academic admission requirements (Band 6) may be satisfied through the completion of one of the following:

  • Bachelor degree; or
  • Equivalent prior learning including at least five years of relevant professional experience.

English Language requirements (Band 4)

English competency requirements may be satisfied through the completion of one of the following:

  • IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.5 (no individual band less than 6.0);
  • Bachelor degree from a country specified on the English Proficiency Bands page;
  • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at postgraduate level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
  • Where accepted, equivalent prior learning, including at least five years of relevant professional experience; or
  • Other tests, courses or programmes defined on the English Proficiency Bands page.

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Course Details

Semester availability

  • Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup or Online
  • Semester 1: Study part-time Online
  • Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup or Online
  • Semester 2: Study part-time Online

Course Structure

Year 1 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
MAT5212 Biostatistics 20
CSI6208 Programming Principles 20
MAT6206 Data Analysis and Visualisation 20

Year 1 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCH6234 Molecular Biology and Genomics 20
SCI6150 Biological Databases and Data Mining 20
SCI6152 Mass Spectrometry in Systems Biology 20

Year 2 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
RES5115 Research Preparation: Principles and Approaches 20
SCI6151 Integrative Systems Biology 20
SCH6245 Clinical Bioinformatics 20

Year 2 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CSI6223 Work Experience Project 60

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Apply communication skills to design innovative contributions to professional practice in Bioinformatics.
  • Investigate, analyse and synthesise complex ideas, concepts and theories in Bioinformatics.
  • Reflect critically on a complex body of specialist knowledge and understanding of recent developments and methods applicable to the field of Bioinformatics and related disciplines.
  • Use high-level self-management skills to initiate, plan and execute a substantial project or contribution to professional practice in Bioinformatics.

Career Opportunities

This course places students with an industry/organisation for their semester-long project. The placement will enable students to undertake a bioinformatics project with a host supervisor, as well as getting direct exposure to the nature of the organisation and its priorities. This provides an excellent springboard for employment following this degree. Employment opportunities will be in local government, industry, state, national government and non-government organisations, particularly in the biological, medical and research sectors.

Possible future job titles

Bioinformatician, computational biologist, computational chemist, computational scientist, systems biologist, clinical bioinformatician, data scientist, data analyst, informatician, biometrician.

Last updated May 2020

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