Master of Science - Bioinformatics

The University of Melbourne

Drawing on multiple disciplines including genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, physiology, computer science, statistics and applied mathematics, this coursework masters degree gives you the tools to unlock biological secrets. You will customise your first year, based on your academic background, followed by a common second year that builds a broad knowledge of bioinformatics. A major research project component provides a broad education in bioinformatics, with strong foundations in computer science and statistics. You will benefit from our close connections to the 30 hospitals, medical research organisations and biotechnology institutes that make up the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct, all within a short walk of the University of Melbourne.

Course Fee:

Australian: $63,501
International: $83,968

Entry Requirements:

An undergraduate degree with a major in a relevant discipline: biology and biomedicine, mathematics and statistics, or computer science, with an average mark of at least 65% in the best 50 points in appropriate discipline studies at third year, and completion of MAST10005 Calculus 1 or equivalent.


200 credit points, comprising 137.5 points of discipline subjects, including compulsory subjects, plus electives; a professional skills subject, scientific communication, 12.5 points; and a research project, 50 points.

Subjects you can Study:

Genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, physiology, computer science, statistics, applied mathematics.

Study Pathways:

The University of Melbourne Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor of Biomedicine are pathways to this graduate program.

Who for:

Those looking for a higher level of scientific learning and professional training, and for entry into a research higher degree

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00116K

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Parkville No info Yes Full time 2 years
Parkville No info Yes Part time 4 years

Why study with us

At the University of Melbourne, your success begins from the day you set foot on campus. 

The unique and proven Melbourne Model, Australia’s most progressive curriculum, allows you the flexibility to uncover and explore your passions, assisting you to achieve greatness, no matter what you decide to do – during your studies and for your career. From solving real-world problems to forming powerful relationships as you go, your success is already in the making.

At Melbourne, you’ll be exposed to different ideas, approaches and ways of thinking that will help you adapt and change successfully – something that’s crucial in a world where careers, jobs and employer demands are shifting as fast as you can read this.

The Melbourne Model offers pathways into law, engineering, medicine, architecture, teaching and more. Combining undergraduate and graduate study gives you a higher qualification than a double degree. In fact, 97 per cent of Melbourne undergraduates and 98 per cent of postgraduates are employed three to five years after graduating (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2018).

Facilities and Services

Ideally located in the heart of Melbourne, the University of Melbourne is an integral part of the city’s history and culture and boasts the world-class facilities, student accommodation and collaborative learning precincts only a premium, inner-city university can offer. The support Melbourne offers students – from housing advice, career and employability information, study assistance, disability and counselling – is one reason why Melbourne students are more likely to complete their degree than those at any other Australian university (Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Report 2017).

With our communities of interest – including places of worship, the student union Queer Space, and Murrup Barak for Indigenous students – everyone feels welcome.

Admission and Selection

The University of Melbourne’s Study website is a ready resource for everything you need to know about studying at Australia’s leading university. From eligibility requirements for domestic and international students and submitting an application through VTAC to applying for special entry schemes and scholarships, you’re set up for success from the get-go.

Study options

At Melbourne you’ll start with one of our undergraduate degrees. Whether it’s one of the Melbourne Model degrees in arts, biomedicine, commerce, design, music or science – or a specialist degree co-designed with industry such as agriculture, fine arts or oral health – you’ll progress through your studies while building networks, knowledge and shared experiences that will set you on the path to success. 

You can then choose to join the workforce or specialise at graduate level. And, in the meantime, study at partner institutions across the world.

Now, with a whole raft of new Graduate Degree Packages and scholarships on offer, your options and pathways are deeper and broader, and your success more assured than ever.


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