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Bioinformatics - Postgraduate options

Subject description


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Bioinformatics involves the development and application of computational methods in biology, biotechnology and medicine, taking advantage of rapidly expanding databases including those related to biodiversity, genomics, proteomics and structural biology. The programme draws mainly on existing courses in biology, mathematics and computer science.

The rationale to develop a comprehensive degree programme in bioinformatics stems from a rapidly changing philosophy of how modern biological and biomedical research is conducted. The global availability of genome sequence information for human, animal, plant and micro-organism systems has led to the development of these new technologies. Scientists require the combined skills of molecular biology and computer science to exploit these data for the various applications. As these disciplines have traditionally been taught separately, there is now a severe world-wide shortage of people with these combined skills, and demand is expected to grow strongly throughout the next several decades as the new technologies are further developed.

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Structure and prerequisites


Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BSc(Hons)) - Bioinformatics

The prerequisite is a major in Bioinformatics or Biological Sciences and COMPSCI 220 or equivalent as approved by the Director and at least 90 points at Stage III.

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) - Bioinformatics

The prerequisite is a BSc with a major in Bioinformatics or Biological Sciences and COMPSCI 220, or equivalent as approved by the Programme Director.

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Master of Science (MSc) - Bioinformatics

The prerequisite is a BSc(Hons) in Bioinformatics, or a PGDipSci in Bioinformatics including BIOINF 761, or an equivalent qualification as approved by the Programme Director.

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Research Masters

  • 120 points: BIOINF 796 MSc thesis in Bioinformatics

Taught Masters

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Career opportunities


Bioinformaticists find employment in public institutions and in the private sector.

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Help and advice


For further information, refer to the Biological Sciences Postgraduate Handbook or contact:

Associate Professor Shaun Lott
Course Coordinator
Phone: +64 9 923 7074
Email: s.lott@auckland.ac.nz

David Welch
Senior Lecturer
Phone: +64 9 923 8930
Email: david.welch@auckland.ac.nz

Faculty of Science Student Centre
Ground Floor, Building 301, 23 Symonds Street
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 87020
Fax: + 64 9 373 7431
Email: scifac@auckland.ac.nz

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