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Applied Bioinformatics, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
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This Applied Bioinformatics offered at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg programme, offered by the School of Molecular and Cell Biology, helps you to understand how bioinformatics is used in the scientific field. This includes how to select, describe, and use basic bioinformatics tools and how to interpret computational results. You will learn the history and application of bioinformatics, as well as algorithm, pipeline and software development and analysis, and the transfer and storage/database development of genomics data. You will also explore gene expression data analysis, protein structure, functional genomics, and genome analysis.

Bioinformatics is important to genetic research because the largescale, complex data that is generated in genomics simply wouldn’t make sense without contextual knowledge of how life forms work.

Career Opportunities

  • Biomechanics
  • Biostatics
  • Conservation Genomics
  • Data Management
  • Drug Discovery
  • Genomics
  • Healthcare Scientist
  • Molecular Modelling
  • Pharmacogenomics
  • Precision Medicine

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Introductory Life Science
  • Chemistry
  • Auxiliary Mathematics 
  • Mathematics 
  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Applied Bioinformatics
  • Any other Level 

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • APS 40+
  • English Home Language OR First Additional Language
Level 5
  • Mathematics
Level 5
  • Wait-listing
Applicants with 38-39 points may be wait-listed, subject to place availability.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5094 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5094 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    2547 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2547 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Johannesburg

  • 8434 - 12040 ZAR/month
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