Bachelor’s in Bioinformatics
Introduction to the Program
The Bachelor’s in Bioinformatics at Xi’an Jiaotong – Liverpool University (XJTLU) is a three or four year program for international students taught in English.
Xi’an Jiaotong – Liverpool University (XJTLU) is a new international university jointly founded by Xi’an Jiaotong University China and the University of Liverpool UK as a joint venture. As an independent Sino-Foreign cooperative university, it captures the essence of both prestigious parent universities and is the first and only one of its kind approved by the Ministry of Education in China. The University offers undergraduate degree programmes in the fields of science, engineering and management, and awards both its own Chinese degree and a degree from the University of Liverpool.
About the Program
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:
- Continue to study bioinformatics at XJTLU (with computational content emphasised)
- 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)
- 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.
Start Date of the Program
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 relevant subjects.
Entry into Year Two
Students have completed A-levels of International Baccalaureate (or equivalent) will be considered for entry into Year Two.
- A-level: BBB
- IB: 30 points
- SAT: high school diploma with a GPA of 3.0, plus three SAT subject tests of at least 600 in each subject, if you took the SAT before March 2016.
- AP: high school diploma with a GPA of 3.0, plus three AP subjects at Grade 4 or above.
English Language Requirements
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 6.0 or above will take five credits EAP.
The tuition fees are RMB88,000 per year. The total for the 4 year program is 352000 RMB.
Fees for studying in the University of Liverpool, UK
Tuition Fee: GBP 12,000 – 16,000 (approximately)
The accommodation facilities are located within the Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District, where the University is situated. All accommodation within this area is private and managed by the Suzhou Industrial Park Education Development & Investment Limited Company (SIPEDI), and also provides to students studying at other institutions.
For further information on the accommodation visit the accommodation page here.
To apply complete the application form and pay the application fee here. It takes approximately 4-6 weeks for your application to be processed and before an admissions decision is given. After you have been accepted you will receive your official acceptance letter visa application form. If you have any questions contact us.