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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:

  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.

About The Department of Biological Sciences

The Department has academic staff recruited from top universities and institutes around the world, thriving undergraduate and graduate programmes and first-rate research facilities.

Biology is one of the most exciting scientific disciplines of the 21st century. The insights it provides into life processes, together with advances in genomics, diagnostics and therapeutic drug development, are having a major impact on humanity. Our department with its dynamic and international staff, aims to make fundamental discoveries as well as to address some of the most pressing challenges facing society.


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.

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.

Start Date of the Program


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 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.

Application Deadline

30th June


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

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell structure and function
  • Evolution and genetics
  • Programming in Java
  • Chemical principles of life
  • Algorithms
  • Molecular biology
  • Biochemical methods and analysis
  • Organic chemistry
  • Databases

Year Three

  • Biostatistics I
  • Biostatistics II
  • Bioinformatics I
  • Bioinformatics II
  • Molecular and cell biology techniques
  • Database development and design
  • Advanced genetics
  • Artificial intelligence

Year Four

  • Big Data analytics
  • High-throughput biological data analysis
  • Biotechnology
  • Protein structure and function
  • Gene expression and genome analysis
  • Molecular immunology
  • Bio-computation
  • Final year project

Tuition Fees

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.

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