One year part-time
Build highly transferrable specialist skills of the future when you study a Graduate Certificate of Bioinformatics at Deakin. You’ll develop advanced knowledge in bioinformatics and data science, equipping you for the data-driven science of the future, as well as highly transferrable practical skills relevant to domains such as business analytics and engineering.
Want to apply your passion for science to a career affecting positive change?
Your technical biotechnology expertise will be complemented by skills in statistical data analysis, computer coding and research, and a well-developed understanding of the commercial biotechnology environment, ensuring you have versatile skills to thrive across a range of roles. During your studies, you’ll apply existing analytical tools (bioinformatics) and data resources to solve problems and use computer programming to develop new methods and resources to advance biotechnology.Read More
- Award granted
- Graduate Certificate of Bioinformatics
2024 course information
- Deakin code
- Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
- Approval status
This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
- Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.
To complete the Graduate Certificate of Bioinformatics (part-time only), students must attain 4 credit points, which must include the following:
- Completion of DAI001 Academic Integrity Module (0 credit point compulsory unit)
- Four (4) core units (4 credit points)
Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements.
Year 1 - Trimester 1
Year 1 - Trimester 2
Intakes by location
The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
- Available at:
Trimester 2 - July
- Start date: July
- Available at:
New course from Trimester 2, 2024.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS – Please note that due to Australian Government regulations, student visas to enter Australia cannot be issued to students who enrol in Deakin online.
Additional course information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.
You can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, site visits and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.
It is important to note that some elective units may include compulsory placement, study tours, work-based training or collaborative research training arrangements.
Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum course entry requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.
To be considered for admission to this degree you will need to meet at least one of the following criteria:
- completion of a bachelor degree or higher
- two years' of relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent)
English language proficiency requirements
To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:
- bachelor degree from a recognised English-speaking country
- IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6.0) or equivalent
- other evidence of English language proficiency (learn more about other ways to satisfy the requirements)
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Recognition of prior learning
If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for Recognition of prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your Recognition of prior learning.
Your Recognition of prior learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.
You can also refer to the Recognition of prior learning system which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.
Fees and scholarships
Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit www.deakin.edu.au/fees.
A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.
If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.
Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate of Bioinformatics you could use the credit points you’ve earned to enter into further study, including:
Graduate Diploma of Biotechnology (S613)
Master of Biotechnology (Professional) (S713) (Advanced Discipline Coursework Pathway only.)
Take the right step toward a rewarding career and graduate with the in-depth scientific knowledge and transferrable technical and commercial skills to build a thriving career in a rapidly growing industry. With a highly relevant and extremely versatile biotechnology qualification, you’ll be uniquely positioned to pursue roles in industry, academic research and government in areas such environmental management, health and infectious disease research, epidemiology and medical genomics.
Course learning outcomes
Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
Ability to use bioinformatics skills to analyse large research data sets and make valid inferences using rigorous statistical methods.
Demonstrate good communication skills both written and oral, as applied to presenting their work.
Articulate understanding of bioinformatics algorithms and methods and apply these to undertake own investigations.
|Apply existing analytical tools (bioinformatics) and data resources to solve problems and use computer programming to develop new methods and resources to advance biotechnology.
Use abstract, analytical and logical reasoning to critically evaluate scientific evidence arguments and approaches.
Use statistical thinking to determine the strength of scientific evidence.
Identify scientific problems and use systematic approaches and experimental strategies to formulate and propose solutions by considering relevant discipline and contextual factors.
Evaluate own knowledge and skills using frameworks of reflection and take responsibility for learning and performance.
Work responsibly and safely in scientific and professional environments to enrich the ideas of others by sharing learning experiences.
Work effectively as a team member, assuming various roles and utilising effective teamwork skills to achieve goals.
Apply ethical practice in professional situations to demonstrate responsibility as practitioners when working with people from diverse cultures and communities.
Identify and prioritise local, national and global issues and concerns and contribute towards solving real world problems from the perspective of bioinformatics.
Approved by Faculty Board 1 June 2023