Master of Science in Quantitative Biology and Bioinformatics

As datasets get larger and analytical techniques more refined, all areas of modern biology are now reliant on large-scale computation in day-to-day research. Our researchers are at the forefront of developing the tools to make sense of this new data-driven world. They bring this cutting-edge research into the classroom in the Master of Science in Quantitative Biology and Bioinformatics.

This program equips you with the methods and tools to organise and analyse biological data, statistically, mathematically and computationally. This is a truly interdisciplinary course that caters to students from a range of backgrounds including:

  1. Students who have an undergraduate biology degree, by developing their mathematical, statistical and programming skills; and
  2. Students from a quantitative background (such as computer science, mathematics or statistics), by developing their biological knowledge and providing a background in biological data and analysis.

ANU is ranked the best university in Australia1 and is a leading research hub for quantitative biology. ANU houses the ANU-CSIRO Centre for Genomics, Metabolomics and Bioinformatics, the ANU-CSIRO Centre for Biodiversity Analysis and the John Curtin School of Medical Research. We also have world-leading facilities including the Joint Mass Spectrometry Facility, the National Computational Infrastructure, and the Stable Isotope Laboratory.

Advanced program

The Advanced program includes a research project and a thesis.

Career opportunities

Career options for a graduate with a Master of Science in Quantitative Biology and Bioinformatics are as varied and interdisciplinary as the field itself. This degree will provide you will the skills to pursue career paths in a variety of areas including medical research, genetic testing, government policy, public health, agricultural science, software development, and pharmaceutical development. With the addition of a research project, the Master of Science in Quantitative Biology and Bioinformatics (Advanced) can also lead to a PhD.

1 - QS World University Rankings 2018

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