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Master of Science (Advanced) in Quantitative Biology and Bioinformatics

A single two year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Science

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  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Mathematical Sciences not else
  • Academic contact
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Mathematical Sciences not else
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

The Master of Science (Advanced) in Quantitative Biology and Bioinformatics degree requires the completion of 96 units, which must consist of:


12 units from completion of Science in Society courses from the following list: 

BIOL8001 Consulting in Quantitative Biology

BIOL6191 Biology, Society and Ethics 

BIOL6201 Big Questions in Biology

BIOL8021 Health and Disease in a Changing World


18 units from completion of courses from the following list: 

A maximum of 12 units from completion of courses from the following list:

BIOL6200 Introduction to Quantitative Biology

STAT6038 Regression Modelling

A maximum of 6 units from completion of a course from the following list:

BIOL6035 Biology 1: Evolution, Ecology and Genetics

BIOL6036 Biology 2: Molecular and Cell Biology

A maximum of 6 units from completion of a course from the following list:

COMP6730 Programming for Scientists

COMP7230 Introduction to programming for Data Scientists


18 units from completion of Foundations in Quantitative Biology and Bioinformatics courses from the following list:

BIOL8002 Advanced Topics in Quantitative Biology and Bioinformatics

BIOL8291 Research Presentation Skills

COMP6240 Relational Databases

MATH6100 Bioinformatics and Biological Modelling

STAT6039 Principles of Mathematical Statistics


48 units from completion of BIOL8701 Research Project which must be taken twice in consecutive semesters


Students must achieve a minimum 70% weighted average mark in the first 48 units of courses attempted in order to commence BIOL8701 Research Project.

Students who do not achieve a minimum of 70% weighted average mark will be transferred to the Master of Science in Quantitative Biology and Bioinformatics

Master Research

This degree has been accredited at AQF Level 9 with a significant component of Research. 

Master Research Training

This degree has been accredited at AQF Level 9 with a significant component of Research. 

Capstone Courses

[BIOL8701]

Admission Requirements

At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not automatically guarantee entry. 


Applicants must present a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of at least 5.5/7.0, with at least 8 courses in a cognate area.


Cognate Disciplines

Computer science, mathematics, statistics, biology and computational chemistry


In line with the university's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors. 


Academic achievement & English language proficiency

The minimum academic requirement for full entry and enrolment is a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.5/7.0. 


However, applicants will first be ranked on a GPA ('GPA1') that is calculated using all but the last semester (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes. 

If required, ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of: 

• a GPA ('GPA2') calculated on the penultimate and antepenultimate semesters (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes; and/or

• demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency. 

Prior to enrolment in this ANU program, all students who gain entry will have their Bachelor degree reassessed, to confirm minimum requirements were met.


Diversity factors

As Australia’s national university, ANU is global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia, but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe.


Assessment of qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met.

 Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework: www.aqf.edu.au

ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities: www.uac.edu.au/future-applicants/admission-criteria/tertiary-qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.

Cognate Disciplines

Computer science, mathematics, statistics, biology and computational chemistry

Annual indicative fee for domestic students
$32,256.00

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$48,384.00

Scholarships

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

The Master of Science in Quantitative Biology and Bioinformatics is a 2 year full-time (or equivalent part-time) degree that provides students with experience in the use of methods and tools to organise and analyse biological data: statistically, mathematically and computationally. The course caters to a range of students including (1) students who have come from an undergraduate biological degree, by providing the appropriate mathematical and programming skills; (2) to students with a more quantitative undergraduate background, by providing the necessary background in biology and biological data and analyses. Students also have the opportunity to learn about, and apply, techniques in client engagement and the real-world practice of consulting. Finally, students will develop work on an original research project that builds on, and applies, their knowledge of quantitative biological data analysis.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Employment Opportunities

The Master of Science in Quantitative Biology and Bioinformatics (Advanced) will give you the skills to pursue career paths in a variety of areas. These could include medical research, genetic testing, government policy, public health, agricultural science, software development and pharmaceutical development.

The Master of Science in Quantitative Biology and Bioinformatics (Advanced) can also lead to a PhD.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the mathematical and computational foundations of biological data analysis;

  2. Formulate and apply appropriate quantitative methods to analyse biological data;

  3. Interpret, synthesize and critically analyse published literature of relevance to quantitative biology and bioinformatics;

  4. Advise, and provide assistance to others, on the appropriate use of techniques for the analysis of biological data;

  5. Develop and execute an independent research project that builds on, and extends, knowledge of quantitative biological data analysis;

  6. Demonstrate a critical understanding of science in society;

  7. Clearly communicate theory and results in both written and oral formats.

Research Strengths

This degree has been accredited at AQF Level 9 with a significant component of Research. 

Inherent Requirements

Information on inherent requirements is currently not available for this program.

Academic Advice

The first step to enrolling in your new program is to seek academic advice in order to discuss the courses you will be studying. This is done by making an appointment to meet with the program convener (details below).

Your academic advice session is a great opportunity to discuss with the convener the direction in which you want your studies to go. The convener will be able to advise you about course selection and content of courses that you will undertake as part of your program. Ideally you should bring along a copy of your academic record/academic transcripts as these will greatly assist your convener when giving you course advice.

To book an appointment you can:

Email: rsb.studentadmin@anu.edu.au

Phone: 02 6125 1070

Please also bring along your Planning Your Program document that is available from the enrolment website and your Postgraduate coursework checklist for new students. These documents will help you plan your degree and assist you with finalising your enrolment.

Further enrolment information can also be found here.

An indicative list of courses offered by Science can be found here.

Please follow each step and read through the additional information in the pdf guides, especially the ISIS enrolment guide in Step 2 and the How to enrol guide for new students in Step 3.

If you have any issues enrolling yourself through ISIS please contact us on 02 6125 2809 or email science.enquiries@anu.edu.au


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