Postgraduate study in Bioinformatics

What can you study in Bioinformatics?

You will gain knowledge about the development and application of bioinformatics and computational methods in biology, biotechnology and medicine. You will develop cutting edge skills in emerging areas of research, including genomics and gene expression, structural biology, microbiology, and evolution.

Areas of research interests open to exploration include:

  • Bioinformatics of disease
  • Genomics and genome biology
  • Evolutionary bioinformatics
  • Evolutionary modelling
  • Structural biology
  • Microbial genomics.

Structuring your postgraduate programme in Bioinformatics

Master of Science (MSc) in Bioinformatics

120-point (one-year) Research Masters

120 points: BIOINF 796 MSc Thesis in Bioinformatics


Prior to applying for the MSc 120-point Research Masters it is recommended you have completed: BIOSCI 761 MSc Thesis Proposal.

Where can postgraduate study in Bioinformatics take you?

Our graduates find employment in biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies in New Zealand and overseas. They also find work as bioinformaticians in academic and research institutions. 

Jobs related to Bioinformatics:

  • Data analyst
  • Software developer
  • Research scientist
  • Bioinformatician
  • Genomics researcher

Scholarships and awards

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