Course structure

The Master of Computational Biology is a 300-point course, made up of:

  • Foundation and prerequisite studies (up to 100 points depending on your background)
  • Core subjects (50 points)
  • Project subjects (25–75 points)
  • Discipline subjects (50–100 points)
  • Professional skills subjects (25–50 points).

In your first-year, subjects will be tailored to you, depending on your previous academic background: biology or biomedicine; computer science; mathematics; statistics; or physics.

In your second and third year, you’ll develop advanced skills in computational biology. There’s a lot of flexibility to combine core and discipline-specific subjects with professional skills subjects and the research project in a way that suits you.

All students undertake a research project, over 6–12 months, working on a real-world computational biology research question. You’ll be matched with one of our expert researchers or industry partners.

You may be awarded up to 100 points of advanced standing based on your previous studies. Students who have completed a major in Computational Biology at the University of Melbourne in their undergraduate degree will be awarded 100 points of advanced standing, leaving only 200 credit points to complete.

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