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Master of Science in Quantitative Biology & Bioinformatics


The Master of Science in Quantitative Biology and Bioinformatics from Australia's national university is your opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge for working with biological data in consultancy, research and policy roles.

You will develop the ability to organise and analyse information from genes, cells, protein interactions, health records and other kinds of biological data, statistically, mathematically and computationally.

Quantitative skills in working with biological data are increasingly sought after within commercial, academic and government sectors.

At the ANU Research School of Biology, research scientists specialise in methods and tools for analysing biological data. You will work closely with the School’s scientists, and be provided with the practical experience and theoretical knowledge to develop your skills, including the use of advanced computer technology and labs.

Key facts

  • #1 for Natural Sciences (QS 2022) in Australia

  • 2 years full time

  • Semester 1 & 2 intake

  • Study full time or part time

  • Access to state-of-the-art facilities

  • Prior learning recognised

  • #1 in Australia for graduate employability (Times Higher Education)

World class facilities

Access state-of-the-art facilities including labs, and recreation and relaxation rooms. Or get computational research support for your project from the Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Unit.

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Advanced program

Take your learning much further by working with leading scholars in the field and developing theoretical and practical knowledge in contemporary research exploring quantitative Biology and bioinformatics.

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Program details

The Master of Science in Quantitative Biology and Bioinformatics is a two program for those with a special interest in worlds of Mathematics, Computer Science, Biology and Statistics and how these disciplines powerfully combine.

Through this program you will also develop a critical understanding of the role of science in society, a vital skill that will enable you to identify, communicate and respond to societal needs and global challenges.

You will have the flexibility to choose study areas that suit your needs, including:

  • Applied Statistics
  • Evolution, Ecology and Genetics
  • Programming for Scientists
  • Advanced Topics in Quantitative Biology and Bioinformatics
  • Data Wrangling
  • Bioinformatics and Biological Modelling
  • Principles of Mathematical Statistics
  • Society and Environmental Change
  • Science, Innovation and Public Policy
  • Science Communication and the Web
  • Cross Cultural Perspectives in Science Communication
  • Science Internship
  • Mobilising Research
  • Data Mining
  • Mathematics
  • Computer Science.

What you will learn

  • Confidently use the R statistical computing language, and generate high-quality graph
  • Manipulate and analyse biological sequences using public sequence databases
  • Use the SQL language to define, query and manipulate a relational database
  • Investigate application areas and current research directions of data mining
  • Apply and extend analytical methods, models and theories to biological data sets
  • Design, write and debug small programs to solve practical scientific problems
  • Reflect upon the ethical and social impacts of data mining
  • Critically analyse and contextualise risk and ethical science issues

Advanced program

The Advanced program incorporates a research project supervised by an academic, and is a gateway to further research, such as a PhD. Students will develop work on an original research project that guilds on, and applies, their knowledge of quantitative biological data.


Graduating from the Masters of Science in Quantitative Biology and Bioinformatics will make you highly employable. The degree will enhance your existing abilities and expertise, building on your undergraduate experience to retrain for a new career, or provide you with new tools and insight into your work or study ambitions.

As a graduate, you will be highly employable for work in consultancy, research, policy and management roles in Australia and across the world, including project management, research and analysis, education and community awareness, and policy.

The Master of Science in Quantitative Biology and Bioinformatics provides you with skills that are in high demand in a variety of areas including:

  • Forensic science
  • Agri-technology
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Medical Research
  • Bioengineering and Biotechnology

The Australian National University has been ranked as the top university for graduate employability in Australia in the Global University Employability Ranking 2020. As a student at ANU, you gain access to the ANU CareerHub – an online career development and employability tool that includes a jobs board and careers resources. You also have access to drop-in chats with a career consultant and to attend our career fairs to meet potential employers.

Learning experience

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Master of Science in Quantitative Biology & Bioinformatics

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Master of Science in Quantitative Biology & Bioinformatics (Advanced option)

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Dan Noble

Dr Dan Noble

Dan is an evolutionary ecologist and ecophysiologist interested in understanding the role that phenotypic plasticity plays in evolutionary and ecological processes. His research combines detailed experimental manipulations of early developmental environments with large-scale meta-analyses to understand how the environment orchestrates changes in physiology to subsequently affect behaviour, performance and life-history. 

Andras Keszei

Dr Andras Keszei

Andras's areas of expertise are Population, Ecological And Evolutionary Genetics, Terrestrial Ecology, Genome Structure And Regulation, Plant Cell And Molecular Biology, Structural Biology (including Macromolecular Modelling), Natural Products Chemistry, Analytical Spectrometry, and Separation Science. He lectures Molecular and Cell Biology. Andras was awarded the Commendation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning in 2011.

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