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Major

Computational Biology

    Where will this take me?

    Overview

    After completing the Computational Biology major in the Bachelor of Science, you’ll be well placed to move into the workforce, further study, or graduate research.

    Career outcomes

    After completing this major, you could pursue a career in health and research roles within government or academia. Or you could find a career in industry in areas such as software systems, pharmaceuticals, data science and biotechnology. Other areas in which computational biologists work include agritech and consumer genomics.

    Employers in this field include:

    • Medical research institutes such as WEHI, the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute
    • Government departments of defence, health, innovation, agriculture, environment and economic development
    • Hospitals such as the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
    • Biotech and pharmaceutical companies such as CSL and GSK
    • Academic and public research institutions such as universities.

    Further study

    GRADUATE DEGREES

    To take your computational biology skills to the next level, complete the Master of Computational Biology, which will set you up as an expert in your field.

    You could also consider the Master of Science (Bioinformatics) or the Master of Science (Mathematics and Statistics).

    Depending on the subjects you take in your Bachelor of Science, a range of other graduate degrees may be possible – in fields as diverse as science and technology, health sciences, teaching, law, business, humanities and more.

    GRADUATE RESEARCH

    If you complete a masters course with a significant research component, you can go on to study a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy), or another graduate research program.

    This will set you up for a rewarding career in research with a university, research institute, government or biotech company.