Postgraduate study in Bioinformatics

What can you study in Bioinformatics?

You will gain knowledge about the development and application of computational methods in biology, biotechnology and medicine, and learn how to take advantage of rapidly expanding databases including those related to biodiversity, genomics, proteomics and structural biology.

Areas of research interests open to exploration include:

  • Bioinformatics of Disease
  • Cultural Evolution
  • Phytogeography
  • Genomics
  • Evolutionary Bioinformatics
  • Genetic Epidemiology
  • Applied Bioinformatics

Structuring your postgraduate programme in Bioinformatics


Prior to applying for the BSc(Hons) or MSc 240-point Research Masters in Bioinformatics, it is recommended that you have completed: COMPSCI 220 Algorithms and Data Structures.

Prior to applying for the PGDipSci in Bioinformatics its is recommended that you have completed: COMPSCI 220 Algorithms and Data Structures.

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?

Most of 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:

  •  Microbiologist
  •  Animal geneticist
  •  Bioinformatics scientist
  •  Data analyst
  •  Bioinformatics engineer
  •  Software developer

Scholarships and awards

Each year we award scholarships and prizes to thousands of students.

Find out about the scholarships you may be eligible for, search available scholarships or begin an application by visiting Scholarships and awards.

Help and advice

For further information and advice, please contact the Science Student Centre.

Science Student Centre
Level G, Room G 20
(beside the entrance to the Large Chemistry Lecture Theatre)
Building 301
23 Symonds Street
Auckland 1010

Phone: +64 9 923 7020

To find a supervisor to work with you on your research project please see Postgraduate Research Topics.