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Master of Science (MSc) Bioinformatics (By Coursework)


Bioinformatics is essential for analysis and interpretation of complex and large biological datasets generated by functional studies and high throughout technologies, such as next-generation sequencing. It is used to propose the next sets of experiments and, most importantly, to derive better understanding of biological processes. Biological data and the databases storing them are increasing at an unparalleled rate. Experimental approaches to study the large data pool for knowledge discovery are time-consuming, costly and often impractical.

Through a combination of bioinformatics and experimental approaches, it is possible to select key experiments and help optimize experimental design. Computer algorithms are increasingly used to speed-up the process of knowledge discovery by helping to identify critical experiments for testing hypothesis built upon the results of computational screening.

The demand for skilled bioinformaticians and researchers who are capable of the above is increasing globally at a rapid rate. Such personnel who are able to master the world of biology and computing would be the key drivers of the New Biology of tomorrow, which will be more data and precision-driven.

The Perdana University School of Data Sciences, through its two Centres for Bioinformatics and Computing, provides a nurturing environment for students to prepare themselves for entering this rapidly expanding field.

The following are the key strengths of the School in the field of bioinformatics:

  • Highly qualified and published faculty with international exposure and experience
  • All the faculty collectively cover a broad range of current areas of research interest in life sciences
  • Success to key strategic partners from academia and industry who are through leaders in the field
  • Access to computational resources, such as HPC/Grid clusters and network of supercomputers

The MSc in Bioinformatics (By Coursework) offers an alternative to those who would prefer something more advanced than our Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) ( in Bioinformatics programme and cannot commit to the intensive demands on time required by an MSc Bioinformatics (By Research) ( programme, and thus need a more flexible mode of delivery, which can be provided through an MSc by coursework programme.

This MSc (Bioinformatics) programme by coursework will offer a strong footing in the field of bioinformatics for students who have graduated from undergraduate degrees of various disciplines. It will provide a balance between theoretical understandings and practical skills, exposure to the research process, including critical thinking and scientific communication of research findings. Students will gain mastery of bioinformatics tools and software in order to be autonomous and independent workers in the field, whether they choose to pursue an academic or research careers.

  Merit based scholarship available

  Complete in 1.5 year

  Ideal for those with no or little bioinformatics background

  Taught and Supervised by faculty who are experts in the field

  Access to international network

  Job opportunities worldwide

Graduates will be able to:

  Develop and apply innovative bioinformatics solutions to complex research problems

  Further their education in bioinformatics or any field of life sciences (basic, applied or services)

  Pursue better prospects in a career in life sciences, either in academia or industry

List of course/module offered in the programme

No. Semester/ Year Offered Name and Code of Course/Module Classification (Major/Minor/Elective*
Credit Value
1 Sem 1 / Year 1 BIC7104 Biostatistics Major 3
2 Sem 1 / Year 1 BIC7102 Biology in Bioinformatics Major 3
3 Sem 1 / Year 1 BIC7103 Applied Computing in Bioinformatics Major 3
4 Sem 1 / Year 1 BIC7105 Introductory Bioinformatics Major 3
5 Sem 2 / Year 1 BIC7101 Research Methodology Major 2
6 Sem 2 / Year 1 BIC7206 Computer Programming Major 3
7 Sem 2 / Year 1 BIC7207 Machine Learning Major 3
8 Sem 2 / Year 1 Elective Elective 3
9 Sem 3 / Year 2 BIC7309 Critical Thinking and Scientific Communication Major 3
10 Sem 1,  2 & 3 / Year 1 & 2 BIC7310 Research Seminar Major 3
12 Sem 3 / Year 2 BIC7311 Bioinformatics Project Major 11
Total 40

*Students have to choose one of the electives offered.



No. Semester/ Year Offered Name and Code of Course/Module Classification (Major/Minor/Elective*
Credit Value
1 Sem 2 / Year 1 BIC7208 Genome Informatics Elective 3
2 Sem 2 / Year 1 BIC7209 Structural Bioinformatics Elective 3
3 Sem 2 / Year 1 BIC7210 Computational Methods in Biology Elective 3

Computer laboratories with high-end workstations that are equipped with cutting-edge toolkits and resources will be used for the teaching and learning activities of the students. Students will have access to online databases and international journals as well as the latest in computing software to enhance their studies. They will also be supported by a virtual learning environment through which they will remain connected with their peers and instructors throughout the course of their education.

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Recognition & Accreditation:
This programme is accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).

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Award Title:
Master of Science (MSc) Bioinformatics (By Coursework)

Mode of Study:
Full-time (1.5 year) / Part-time (up to 3 years)

Credit Hours:

Student intake commences every September/ January

Academic Qualification Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s Degree  (Level 6, Malaysian Qualification Framework (MQF)) with minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 2.75 or equivalent, as accepted by the Higher Education Provider (HEP) Senate; or
  • A bachelor’s degree (Level 6, Malaysian Qualification Framework (MQF)) or equivalent with minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 2.50 and not meeting CGPA of 2.75, can be accepted subject to rigorous internal assessment; or
  • A bachelor’s degree (Level 6, Malaysian Qualification Framework (MQF)) or equivalent not meeting Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 2.50, can be accepted subject to a minimum of 5 years working experience in relevant field.


English Language Requirements

  • Malaysian Students
    • Credit – Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) 1119 or
    • Pass – SPM English 119 & obtained a minimum of 55% in English 112 / 113 / 114*
    • Successfully completed (or exempted from) the Intensive English Programme (IEP) & obtained a minimum 55% in ENG 112 / 113/114
    • Malaysian University English Test (MUET) Band 3
  • International Qualifications
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic: Band 6.0 or
    • Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) Paper-based 550 Internet based: 79 or
    • Cambridge or Edexcel General Certificate of Education (GCE) or GCE O-level Grade C and above.

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International Students

NOTE: The above tuition fee does not include miscellaneous charges. Kindly contact the University for more details.


Scholarship by Alumni

  • Students from the selected High Performing Secondary Schools
  • Children of RCSI Dublin alumni
  • Children of Kolej Yayasan Saad alumni

Scholarship by Merit

Students who excel in their Degree Programme are eligible to apply.


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