The University of Western Australia (M355), 35 Stirling Highway, Perth, Western Australia 6009
131 UWA (131 892)
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Master of Bioinformatics
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Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.
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The University of Western Australia welcomes applications from international and domestic school-leavers. If you’re interested in studying this major, find out the admission details below.
Minimum entry requirements
This major requires a certain level of Chemistry and Mathematics. If you do not meet this level, you can take additional Chemistry and/or Mathematics units in your first year to satisfy this requirement.
WACE prerequisite: Mathematics Methods ATAR and Chemistry ATAR
English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.
This course has higher ELC requirements. Applicants presenting with the IELTS Academic require an overall score of at least 6.5 and no band less than 6.0. For more information visit ELC requirements.
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About the course
- Perth (Crawley campus)
- Semester 1, Semester 2
- This course is not available to international student visa holders
- 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Extended majors enable you to dive deeper into a particular area of study and normally require 13 to 18 units studied over the course of your degree.
Why study this course at UWA?
- Study near the South West of Western Australia, one of the world’s 25 ‘biodiversity hotspots’ (Conservation International)
- We’ll provide you with the environment to build technical skills through hands-on learning in the classroom and out in the field, visiting places across WA from the desert to forests and tropical reefs.
- A major in Plant Biology will accelerate you into a diverse range of career pathways
You'll learn to
- Describe the development, structure and functioning of plants from the molecular scale through to the whole plant
- Demonstrate competency in scientific methodologies such as filed and laboratory sampling, experimentation and data analysis in the plant sciences
- Demonstrate understanding of the different ways genome sequencing, genome editing, genome diversity and evolution are used to solve both fundamental and applied problems in the plant sciences
- Demonstrate an understanding of the crucial relationship between a plant's genetics, physiology and ecology with capacity to respond to changing environment and threats e.g. pathogen resistance, impacts of climate change, salinity
- Demonstrate competency in high-level critical thinking and communication skills suited to gaining employment in the plant sciences
Your degree options
This major is offered as a degree-specific, or first, major for these degrees.