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Training Programmes


Students who are interested in Bioinformatics as a career path are encouraged to take a combination of relevant subjects in Life or Health Sciences, Statistics, Computer Science and Mathematics during their undergraduate degree.


Bioinformatics Module (BTN 315)

Each year the UWC third-year undergraduate Bioinformatics Module is taught by the SANBI faculty.  Some of the topics covered:

- Blast and sequence alignments

- Phylogenetics

- Comparative Genomics

- Biodatabases


Honours Progamme

Although SANBI does not have an Honours programme, students who attain a pass rate of >60% can include a bioinformatics component to their Honours project.


Internship Programme

As part of the DST/NRF Research Chair Programme, SANBI provides a 1-year internship programme to students who have graduated with a BSc degree.



Postgraduate training at SANBI is well-established and alumni are now working all over South Africa and at bioinformatics research sites around the world.


Masters Programme

SANBI offers a research MSc in Bioinformatics.  Candidates with an Honours (BSc) degree or equivalent in a related scientific subject area may apply.  The MSc degree is usually completed within two years.


Doctoral Programme

Candidates should be in possession of a Masters degree in Bioinformatics or in a related scientific field subject area such as Computer Science, Mathematics, Biochemistry and Engineering.  The PhD degree must be completed within five years although most students aim to complete the degree in three years.


Postdoctoral Programme

Postdoctoral fellows are admitted to the research programme after consultation with a potential SANBI supervisor.  Fellowships may last for a maximum of three years.

Application Instructions and Procedures

The application procedure involves two steps, namely an internal application to SANBI for consideration whether you are a suitable applicant for the course, and the formal application to the University.


Internal Application

If you are interested in pursuing studies (MSc/ PhD/Postdoc) at SANBI please contact the academic who most fits your desired field of study.

To read more about the SANBI Faculty, click here​

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