Bioinformatics combines computer science with molecular biology to gain fundamental insights into life processes. The need for bioinformatics has been triggered by the huge scientific advances in collecting biological data. As the key to extracting biologically meaningful information, 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.

The BSc Bioinformatics programme will give you a thorough understanding of bioinformatics and will provide you with a comprehensive introduction to genetics, cell biology, applied mathematics, biostatistics and key aspects of computer science. It will equip you with the knowledge and skills to tackle real-world life science problems from an informatic and computational perspective.

The programme is divided into two stages to give you choice. All students take the same modules in Years One and Two. At the end of Year Two, you have three options:

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

This unique design enables you to focus on the most suitable field of study based on to your strengths and interests.

Why Should I Study Bioinformatics at XJLTU?

  • XJTLU is located close to many biotechnology companies in nearby BioBay, a national biotechnology hub with over 400 companies that is ideal for internships
  • Highly international, research-active environment with academic staff trained in globally respected universities and institutes across the world
  • Nearby Cold Spring Harbor Asia hosts prestigious scientific symposia, conferences and summer schools providing our students with the opportunity 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

Knowledge and skills

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

  • understand key cell and life processes as well as major issues and challenges in the biomedical sciences
  • have the skills and understanding to implement cutting-edge computational techniques with modern computing devices
  • be able to apply various experimental and computational approaches to tackle real-world biomedical problems

Graduates may continue with their studies in programmes related to bioinformatics, clinical informatics, computational biology, biostatistics, molecular sciences and drug design.


Year One

UK degrees are three years long whereas in China they are four, therefore we do accept students with certain qualifications directly into Year Two, which is the start of the main academic programme. Most students, however, enter into Year One, which provides you with a range of interesting modules, language classes and core skills for your degree.

Year Two

Year Three

Year Four


Bioinformatics is an emerging interdisciplinary field with strong market needs both in China and globally. Typical careers include bioinformatician, biostatistician, computational biologist, genetic counsellor and clinical bioinformatician as well as other types of biological and biomedical scientists. Graduates may also continue with their studies in programmes related to bioinformatics, clinical informatics, computational biology, biostatistics, molecular sciences and drug design.

Entry Requirements

Entry into Year One

We welcome applications from high-quality candidates in all subjects with appropriate high school or equivalent qualifications. Students will normally be expected to have a high standing in their high school performance with a minimum ‘B’ average in all subjects as well as relevant subjects.

Entry into Year Two

Students who have completed A-levels or International Baccalaureate (or equivalent) will be considered for entry into Year Two, different programmes have different subject-relevant requirements.

  • A-level: BBB
  • IB Diploma: 30 points
  • Advanced Placement Tests/Subject SATS--High school diploma with a GPA of 3.0 or above, plus:
    • Redesigned SAT: 1280+ (students that took the SATs previous to 2016 will require 1800+) or ACT: 27, and 2 AP examinations: 4+ or 2 SAT subject tests: 600+ or
    • 3 AP examinations: 4+ or
    • 3 SAT subjects: 600+
Program taught in:
  • English (US)
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Last updated January 30, 2019
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