Bioinformatics combines computer science with molecular biology to give you fundamental insights into life processes. The need for bioinformatics has been triggered by huge scientific advances in collecting biological data.

As the key to extracting meaningful information from this data, bioinformatics is essential for an in-depth understanding of human diseases as well as for the identification of new molecular targets and therapeutic molecules for drug discovery.

You will graduate with the knowledge and skills to tackle real-world life science problems from an informatics and computational perspective.

The programme offers three study pathways, allowing you to tailor programme to your strengths and interests. After Year Two, you have two options:

  1. Continue to study bioinformatics at XJTLU (with computational content emphasised)
  2. Study traditional molecular bioscience modules at the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom (with lab-based courses and biological content emphasised).

Why should I study Bioinformatics at XJTLU?

  • Gain thorough understanding of bioinformatics and a comprehensive introduction to genetics, cell biology, applied mathematics, biostatistics and key aspects of computer science such as machine learning, artificial intelligence and big data analytics
  • Benefit from XJTLU’s strategic location near many biotechnology companies in BioBay, a national biotechnology hub with more than 400 companies with the opportunity for internships and work experience
  • Learn in a highly international, research-active environment from academic staff trained in globally respected universities and institutes from around the world
  • Enjoy prestigious scientific symposia, conferences and summer schools at the nearby Cold Spring Harbor Asia, which provides you with the ochance to interact with world-famous researchers
  • Earn two degrees: an XJTLU degree from the Chinese Ministry of Education and a globally recognised degree from the University of Liverpool, a member of the Russell Group of leading UK universities.
Qualification,University of Liverpool,BSc Bioinformatics

Knowledge and skills

By the time you graduate from the BSc Bioinformatics programme, you will have:

  • an understanding of key cell and life processes, as well as major issues and challenges in biomedical sciences
  • the ability to implement cutting-edge computational techniques with modern computing devices
  • an solid foundation in the the emerging field of bioinformatics, which has strong market needs and excellent employment prospects in China and international
  • the knowledge to apply various experimental and computational approaches to tackle real-world biomedical problems.

Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary field combining biology, statistics, computer science, and AI. It uses computational power to decipher large-scale biological datasets, driving exciting advancements in today's biomedical science.

Zhen Wei

Programme director

Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary programme combining Biology, Computer Science and Mathematics. I really like the small class sizes, and that professors and teaching assistants provide personalised guidance to develop the ability and personalities of students.

Yijia Jiang

Student, BSc Bioinformatics, China


Graduates from this programme are well prepared for positions such as bioinformatician, biostatistician, computational biologist, genetic counsellor and clinical bioinformatician, as well as other types of biological and biomedical scientist roles. Graduates can also go on to further study in related fields, such as clinical informatics, computational biology, biostatistics, molecular sciences and drug design.

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