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What will I learn?

PURSUE A CAREER IN BIOINFORMATICS

The design of curriculum recognises the wide spectrum of personal interest and diversity in career aspiration of a modern bioinformatics practitioner, ranging from biomedical researchers who are skilled at performing analyses with bioinformatics tools (bioinformatics users), to computational biologists who can perform large-scale data analyses to solve biological questions (bioinformatics scientist), to software developers who build innovative new computational or statistical tools for biomedical applications (bioinformatics engineers).

Vital learning

Acquire broad-based, essential knowledge of key concepts in this vital field.

What You’ll Study

The programme is centred around a compulsory anchoring course at each year level throughout the four-year curriculum. These anchoring courses encourage vertical and horizontal integration of various courses from diverse disciplines across different year levels. The flexible design of the curriculum allows students to take a multitude of disciplinary elective courses in biomedical sciences, statistics, computer science, and biomedical engineering. The core courses focus on the core statistical data analysis skills, key algorithms for biomedical informatics, and fundamental concepts in modern genomic and medical technology.

Exciting Opportunities

Students will be equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills for employment as a bioinformatics professional or to pursue postgraduate studies in top international institutions.

Career Prospects

Graduates from this programme is expected to be well qualified to pursue a career in:

• Research
• Academia
• Hong Kong Genome Institute
• Public healthcare sector: Hospital Authority, Department of Health
• Private sector: digital health, biotechnology, healthcare investment
• Further studies of professional degree programmes such as medicine, pharmacy, physiotherapy, and related professions.

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
HK$171,000.00 (17,37,099) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

24 August 2022

More details

Start date

1 September 2022

Venue

The University of Hong Kong

MG 14, Ground Floor, Main Building,

The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam,

Southern, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Island

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education/HKCEE/HKALE or equivalent. English Language Requirement: IELTS - An overall band of 6.5 in IELTS Academic Module; TOEFL - A score of 93 in the TOEFL internet-based test, or an overall score of 70 in the revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English / Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English - Level C1 or an overall score of 180 in Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English; or Grade C or an overall score of 180 in Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English. AP Exams: Level 3 in each of the 3 subjects.

For international students

Competitive Admission Standards:

  • An International Baccalaureate Diploma with 33 points out of 45 or equivalent
  • GCE A-Level / International A-Level: Candidates should present at minimum of 2A 1B level subjects, excluding English and Chinese language or equivalent
  • SAT Reasoning Test / ACT plus Writing and SAT Subject Test / Advanced Placement Test: Candidates should have completed - Redesigned SAT: 1350; SAT Subject Tests: 600 in each of the 3 subjects; AP Exams: Level 3 in each of the 3 subjects or equivalent

You must achieve at least one of the following English Language Requirements to be considered for admission to HKU.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

GCSE / GCEO

  • Grade C in English Language at GCSE/GCEO;
  • Grade C in English First Language at IGCSE; or
  • Grade B in English as a Second Language at IGCSE

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English / Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English

  • Level C1 or an overall score of 180 in Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English; or
  • Grade C or an overall score of 180 in Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English

SAT Reasoning Test: Sub-scores of 550 in both Critical Reading and Writing in the same attempt of the SAT Reasoning Test (prior to March 2016); or Test scores of 31 in Writing and Language and 30 in Reading in the same attempt of the Redesigned SAT Reasoning Test;

IELTS: An overall band of 6.5 in IELTS Academic Module;

A score of 93 in the TOEFL internet-based test, or an overall score of 70 in the revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test.

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

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About The University of Hong Kong

HKU produces the ‘Most Employable University Graduates in Hong Kong’ and is 10th in producing ‘Most Employable University Graduates in the World’.

  • 1st in Hong Kong - QS World University Rankings in 2022
  • Based in one of world’s most cosmopolitan cities- Hong Kong
  • 22nd in the world - QS World University Rankings in 2022
  • 9 of its disciplines rank in top 25 globally