Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Bioinformatics)

About Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Bioinformatics) at UNSW

UNSW Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Bioinformatics) is a four-year, full-time degree delivered through the School of Computer Science Engineering. This degree is a great choice if you’re interested in life sciences and computer science. Using computers, software and databases bioinformatics can answer crucial biological and biomedical questions. 

In the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Bioinformatics) you’ll explore the growing field of bioinformatics and its current and future applications across various sectors. A career in bioinformatics will give you the opportunity to make important breakthroughs that improve lives. Its real-world applications include the development of personalised and preventative medicine, drug development, evolutionary studies, climate change, waste clean-up and a range of other research areas. 

In your study, you’ll combine the broad disciplines of computer science, biology, physics, mathematics, statistics and engineering to develop advanced knowledge and understanding of the exciting field of bioinformatics. Genomic sequencing and medical modelling are also large parts of this degree and lend themselves to a range of important real-world applications. This degree can open the doors to careers in researching gene splicing and identifying genes for rare diseases or figuring out how to save endangered animal populations.

This hands-on degree offers students practical learning opportunities with industry-standard bioinformatics software and will give you the knowledge and skills to succeed in this in-demand profession. You’ll collaborate with your peers on a guided team project putting into practice a variety of tools and methods for analysing genomic data.  

Why Study Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Bioinformatics) at UNSW 

UNSW School of Computer Science Engineering has a strong focus on research, with many of our lecturers also world-renowned researchers in their field. Our world-class research facilities and programs feed leading-edge discoveries straight into our degrees. Our research culture provides a more intellectually rigorous education where you question, test, learn and experiment, making new discoveries along the way.

Many of our advanced courses are taught by experts from Data61, CSIRO’s data and digital sciences arm established in partnership with UNSW. Data61 is at the forefront in solving our greatest digital challenges today, conducting market-driven research in a range of industry sectors and creating a data-driven future.

We’re ranked as the top engineering faculty in Australia and #38 in the world based on the latest 2019 QS World University Rankings. For the past three years, we’ve had five-star rankings in employability, teaching and research.

Benefits of studying with us: 

  • Strong partnerships with industry in education, research, training and employment 
  • We have a five-star rating for employability, helping to guarantee your future on graduation
  • Learn and explore in best-in-class teaching labs and cutting-edge facilities such as the $67 million Ainsworth Building 
  • You’ll have access to state-of-the-art facilities at UNSW Science such as the Ramaciotti Centre for Genomics, the largest genomics facility at any Australian University. It’s equipped with the latest next-generation sequencing technology, single-cell genomics platforms and high throughput microarray systems
  • UNSW is home to the Systems Biology Initiative which provides collaborative bioinformatics support to users of the Ramaciotti Centre for Genomics, in experimental design and data analysis for genomics and transcriptomics
  • We offer $3 million worth of scholarships each year to domestic and international students
  • Student exchange opportunities are available at over 200 universities around the world 

Gain Practical Training & Accreditation  

The globally recognised Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree is accredited by Engineers Australia and acknowledged by the Washington Accord. This degree includes a practical component where you’ll apply your knowledge in practical settings through 60 days of approved industrial training in Australia or overseas.

Industrial training offers hands-on experience in your specialized field and lets you experience what work in the real world can be like. You’ll gain confidence, start to build your professional network and become career-ready

ChallEng Yourself to Make a Difference

When you study at UNSW Engineering you can take part in ChallEng, real-world, project-based learning initiatives. This award-winning program is made up of Vertically Integrated Projects, The Maker Games, Student Projects and Social Impact. You’ll connect with students, academics and industry to develop sought-after technical and professional skills for your future career as an engineering professional.

Many of the ChallEng projects are eligible for Academic Credit. You can get hands-on with an industry partner to design and build a prototype through The Maker Games or help solve a problem for a community in need through initiatives like Engineering World Health or Impact Engineering. Our student projects bring together multidisciplinary teams to achieve competition goals through projects including Redback Racing or Flight Labs UNSW.

Your Career Opportunities 

The field of bioinformatics is booming and one of the fastest-moving areas of science. In the age of Big Data, more companies are reliant on huge sets of data and professionals who have the skills to work with them. It’s a rapidly growing industry worth over 10 billion dollars and showing no signs of slowing.

Demand for bioinformaticians is high in sectors ranging from government, pharma, genomics, agriculture and software to name a few. Beyond providing a steady career outlook in job opportunities and salary, bioinformatics professionals are using their skills to deliver breakthroughs across government, industry and research. Australian bioinformaticians have used their expertise to gain insight into how cancer cells work, develop more resilient crops, identify minuscule marine microbes and examine human cell regeneration.

UNSW graduates develop rewarding careers across a range of sectors including:

  • Agriculture
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Medical Science
  • Biotechnology
  • Software
  • Research