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What will I learn?

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.

The Master of Science (Bioinformatics) is a 200-point course, made up of:

  • Discipline subjects (137.5 points), including compulsory subjects and electives
  • A professional skills subject – scientific communication (12.5 points)
  • A research project (50 points).

Career outcomes

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.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science



Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$46,272.00 (25,17,519) per year
Indicative total course fee: AUD $94,857
Start date

25 July 2022


The University of Melbourne

Parkville Campus,

Grattan Street,



3010, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants need to successfully complete an undergraduate degree. English language requirements: IELTS (academic English Only) - 6.5 overall, with written 6.5 and no band less than 6.0; TOEFL (paper-based test) - 577 + TWE 4.5; TOEFL (internet-based test) - 79 + (Writing 21; Speaking 18; Reading 13; Listening 13); 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.

For international students

To be considered for entry, you must have completed:

An undergraduate degree with a major in a relevant discipline (biology and biomedicine, mathematics and statistics, or computer science), with a weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 65 per cent in the best 50 points in appropriate discipline studies at third year

English language requirements:

IELTS (academic English Only): 6.5 (no band less than 6.0);
TOEFL (paper-based test): 577 +, TWE 4.5;
TOEFL (internet-based test): 79 + (Writing 21; Speaking 18; Reading 13; Listening 13);
Pearson Test of English (Academic): 58 +, no communicative skill below 50
Cambridge English: Advanced/ Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): 176 +, no skill below 169.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.