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

Study Quantitative Biology & Bioinformatics at ANU

The Master of Science in Quantitative Biology and Bioinformatics 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.

What you'll learn

Master of Science in Quantitative Biology & Bioinformatics

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.

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.

What it's like to study Quantitative Biology & Bioinformatics

Biological Sciences student, Minette Salmon

A close look at biology leads graduate to find herself

It was while looking down a microscope that Minette Salmon made a huge breakthrough—she started to see her own biology differently.

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Use state-of-the-art phenotyping tools at the only place in the world providing high-calibre public sector access to infrastructure and expertise on crop performance.

Meet some of your teachers

Professor Allen Rodrigo

Professor Allen Rodrigo

Allen is a computational evolutionary biologist with interests in phylogenetic reconstruction, statistical bioinformatics and evolutionary modelling.

Quantitative Biology & Bioinformatics careers

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.

Fees & scholarships

Tuition fees: Tuition fees

Visit the handbook to see indicative fees and Commonwealth supported places for this degree.

Scholarships: Scholarships

ANU offers many scholarships both to overcome disadvantage and to recognise academic merit.

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Learn about different areas of Biology and Bioinformatics and their applications, examples of careers and employment trends in different areas, what it is like to work in Biology and Bioinformatics as well as an overview of studying the Master of Science in Quantitative Biology and Bioinformatics at the Australian National University.

How to apply

Understand the entry requirements

Gather supporting documents

If you graduated from an Australian university, UAC will be able to access your results in most cases. However, you may be asked to provide transcripts or other documentation, so it is a good idea to prepare your records just in case.

You can still apply before you complete your Bachelor Degree if you are in your final year, and you must advise UAC in your application. You may need to provide a copy of your academic transcript directly to UAC as soon as you complete your degree. UAC will provide instructions during the application process.

Submit an application

You will need to submit your application through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Receive an offer

All offers are made through UAC and are released on a rolling basis. You can access your offers and correspondence by logging into your UAC account.

Accept your offer

Once you receive an offer it is very important that you accept it to ensure your place at ANU is reserved.

Understand the entry requirements

Prepare entry requirements & support documents

When you apply to ANU, you must be prepared to provide specific documents that we need to assess your application.

Submit your application

Visit the International applications - ANU Postgraduate to start your application.

Receive an offer

There are three assessment rounds in each semester. Applying in the first round will give you three opportunities to be assessed and accepted, giving you the best chance of being offered a place at ANU.

Accept your offer

Accept the offer and enrol at ANU!

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