BSc Bioinformatics

General

Read more about this program on the school's website

Program Description

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 the programme to your strengths and interests. After 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 XJTLU (with lab-based courses and biological content emphasised).
  3. 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 XJLTU?

  • Gain a 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 chance 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 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;
  • a solid foundation in 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.

laboratory, scientists, research

Modules

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

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules:

Careers

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.

Fees

International students

RMB 88,000 per academic year.

Early bird discount

All international who accept their offer by 1 May 2020 will automatically qualify for an RMB 8,000 early bird discount

Join a free Chinese language course

We now offer a free summer Chinese language course for all undergraduate and postgraduate students starting their degree in September 2020.

Choose from a two-week, four-week or six-week language course.

Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan students

RMB 88,000 per academic year.

Early bird discount

All Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao students who accept their offer by 1 May 2020 will automatically qualify for an RMB 8,000 early bird discount.

Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan students who apply to XJTLU through the Joint Entrance Examination on the governmental online application system (Education Examination Authority of Guangdong Province) will automatically qualify for an RMB 8,000 early bird discount.

Mainland Chinese students

RMB 88,000 per academic year.

Entry Requirements

International students

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+

Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan students

Students from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan may apply with the following:

  • A minimum grade of 400 on the Joint Entrance Examination to Chinese Universities for Overseas Chinese Students and Students from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, or
  • General Scholastic Ability Test (GSAT) ranking of at least the top 50 per cent for 4 subjects, including English and Maths. For detailed information see information in Chinese.

English language requirements

For international applicants, if you are a non-native English speaker, or if you have not previously studied in English, you must have satisfactory English language skills to study at XJTLU. Various English qualifications are accepted:

Year One entry

  • IELTS: 5.0
  • TOEFL: 62 (iBT)

Year Two entry

  • IELTS 6.5
  • TOEFL: 90 (iBT)

English qualifications are not required for students from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan who take the Joint Examination or the GSAT.

Students who are entering into Year One with less than IELTS 6.0 or equivalent in their English proficiency will take 10 credits EAP, and students with IELTS 6.5 or above will take five credits EAP.

How To Apply

Applications should be submitted via our online application system:

  1. Click/tap the apply link
  2. Create an account or log in to your existing account
  3. Complete your application

Once your application account is successfully created, enter all the information required in the application form carefully and make sure the information you provide is correct, complete and up to date. Upload the required documents to the corresponding fields.

You may log-in to view your application form at any time.

For further details of how to successfully apply to study at XJTLU, please visit the how to apply page.

Last updated Apr 2020

About the School

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is an international joint venture university founded by Xi’an Jiaotong University in China and the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom in 2006. ... Read More

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is an international joint venture university founded by Xi’an Jiaotong University in China and the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom in 2006. Read less