Bioinformatics collects, stores, and analyses biological data for disease diagnosis, cellular evolution and mutation, medicine development, and many other applications.
This study will give you practical experience in real industry research outcomes.
- 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.
For the major in the Bachelor of Data Science, complete the following courses:
- BIOL333 Molecular Genetics
- BIOL334 Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics
- BIOL337 Bioinformatics
- BIOL338 Bioinformatics Project
You will also need to complete at least another 15 points at any level from any other courses at UC.
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.
Some career pathways could include:
- Drug and medicine development
- Clinical health testing
Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Data Science.
For study planning help, please contact Professor Peyman Zawar-Reza:
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