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Bioinformatics

23 October 2023

Bioinformatics combines computer science with genomics to collect and analyse large, complex sets of biological data.

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Overview


Bioinformatics

Introduction

Bioinformatics collects, stores, and analyses biological data for disease diagnosis, cellular evolution and mutation, medicine development, and many other applications.

Studying bioinformatics will give you practical experience in real industry research outcomes.

Bioinformatics

Bioinformatics

What will my study involve?

  • Study breakthrough science in genetics and learn how data is used to improve lives.
  • Use computer and molecular genetics labs on campus, which includes the Canterbury Sequencing Facility and the Ancient DNA Laboratory.
  • UC has research centres that specialise in bioinformatics, with experts making breakthroughs in breast cancer detection and stroke risk research.

Bioinformatics

Courses

Bioinformatics major

Complete the compulsory courses for the Bachelor of Data Science, along with the following major courses:

100-level

200-level

300-level

You will also need to complete at least another 15 points at any level from any other courses at UC.

Bioinformatics

Career opportunities

A Bioinformatics degree gives you an understanding of genomics and molecular biology, combined with professional, interdisciplinary skills in statistics, computer programming, and applying data to research outcomes.

This skillset will prepare you for many roles processing large amounts of data for medical needs, or even in developing new technologies in the field.

Career pathways could include:

  • drug and medicine development
  • clinical health testing
  • forensics
  • conservation.

Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Data Science.

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