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

Master of Science (MSc) in Bioinformatics

120-point (one-year) Research Masters

120-points: BIOINF 796 MSc Thesis in Bioinformatics

120-point (one-year) Taught Masters

BIOINF 701 Bioinformatics

BIOINF 702 Comparative Bioinformatics

BIOINF 703 Genome Bioinformatics and Systems Biology

BIOINF 704 Statistical Bioinformatics

BIOSCI 733 Molecular Ecology and Evolution

BIOSCI 737 High Resolution Imaging of Biological
Molecules

BIOSCI 752 Plant Genomics and Biotechnology

BIOSCI 755 Genomics and Gene Expression

BIOSCI 757 Structural Biology

BIOSCI 758 Development, Differentiation and Disease

COMPSCI 715 Advanced Computer Graphics

COMPSCI 720 Advanced Design and Analysis of Algorithms

COMPSCI 732 Software Tools and Techniques

COMPSCI 760 Datamining and Machine Learning

COMPSCI 767 Intelligent Software Agents

MATHS 764 Mathematical Biology

STATS 720 Stochastic Processes

STATS 721 Special Topic in Applied Probability

STATS 730 Statistical Inference

STATS 731 Bayesian Inference

STATS 732 Foundations of Statistical Inference

STATS 761 Mixed Models

STATS 783 Simulation and Monte Carlo Methods

STATS 784 Statistical Data Mining

Or 700 level related subjects in:

Biological Sciences, Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics

240-point Research Masters

75 points from:

BIOINF 701 Bioinformatics

BIOINF 702 Comparative Bioinformatics

BIOINF 703 Genome Bioinformatics and Systems Biology

BIOINF 704 Statistical Bioinformatics

BIOSCI 761 MSc Thesis Proposal

45 points from:

BIOSCI 733 Molecular Ecology and Evolution

BIOSCI 737 High Resolution Imaging of Biological
Molecules

BIOSCI 752 Plant Genomics and Biotechnology

BIOSCI 755 Genomics and Gene Expression

BIOSCI 757 Structural Biology

BIOSCI 758 Development, Differentiation and Disease

COMPSCI 715 Advanced Computer Graphics

COMPSCI 720 Advanced Design and Analysis of Algorithms

COMPSCI 732 Software Tools and Techniques

COMPSCI 760 Datamining and Machine Learning

COMPSCI 767 Intelligent Software Agents

MATHS 764 Mathematical Biology

STATS 720 Stochastic Processes

STATS 721 Special Topic in Applied Probability

STATS 730 Statistical Inference

STATS 731 Bayesian Inference

STATS 732 Foundations of Statistical Inference

STATS 761 Mixed Models

STATS 783 Simulation and Monte Carlo Methods

STATS 784 Statistical Data Mining

120 points:

BIOINF 796B MSc Thesis in Bioinformatics

Or 700 level related subjects in:

Biological Sciences, Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics

Prerequisites

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 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
Email: pgscience@auckland.ac.nz

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