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Master of Bioinformatics

University/Institute: The University of Queensland (UQ)
Location: Australia - Brisbane
Focus: Bioinformatics
Recommended Undergraduate Degrees: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Math/Statistics
Degree Offered: MS/MSc/MA/M.Eng (< 1 year)MS/MSc/MA/M.Eng (Major/Primary Degree)

Key characteristics of program:

Bioinformatics is an emerging discipline that is transforming how we make discoveries in the biosciences. The Master of Bioinformatics aims to encourage the development of theoretical knowledge and practical skills, with emphasis on the extraction and analysis of data, driven by current and future technologies, and of vast volume and complexity. The program is designed to educate the next generation of bioinformatics experts, to understand, develop and effectively use best bioinformatics practice to solve scientific problems in an area of growing demand, ultimately through immersion in a research laboratory.

The Master of Bioinformatics enables biological scientists, as well as IT and maths graduates, to obtain a powerful blend of bioscientific and computational skills. The program will allow you to learn about bioinformatics and its interface to genomics and proteomics, whilst allowing you to use your current skills, knowledge and experience.

Depending on your needs and interests, the Master of Bioinformatics will also give you options to develop a range of related skills, e.g. statistics, data-mining or biotechnology, providing further opportunity to specialise in a rapidly developing area.

Assessment tasks will include practical activities involving bioinformatics analyses and tools, review of scientific literature, individual and collaborative projects, written project reports and presentations in student-led conferences. The University of Queensland highly qualified academic staff use modern, flexible approaches to teaching to maximise student learning and potential.

Program Goals:

The Master of Bioinformatics is designed for biological sciences, computing and mathematics graduates who wish to increase their technical and research skills in core areas of bioinformatics, to update their knowledge of recent technologies and methodologies, and to obtain practical laboratory and computational skills through immersion in a research laboratory. The program enables candidates to develop and effectively use best bioinformatics practice to solve complex scientific problems.

The program will provide a strong preparation for entry into a Research higher degree program. The masters degree will also enable you to take on the data-centred challenges faced by scientific institutions and biotechnology industries over the foreseeable future, offering a wide range of career options in research-intensive organisations world-wide.


Additional Information

Year Program Established: 2012
Scholarships/assistanceships may be available: Yes
Type of academic terms: Semester

Average number of applicants per year: 20
Average number of applicants accepted per year: 10
Average number of incoming students per year: 10
Average number of graduates per year: 7

Program URL: http://scmb.uq.edu.au/master
Syllabus URL: http://www.uq.edu.au/study/program.html?acad_prog=5542

Contact Person: Mikael Boden ( m.boden@uq.edu.au )

Last updated: Apr 27, 2015

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