Postgraduate opportunities at the UCT Computational Biology Group

Bioinformatics or Computational Biology provides a new career opportunity for biological scientists as well as for interdisciplinary collaboration between the mathematicians, statisticians, physicists, computer scientists and chemists with life scientists.


There are several exciting research projects in computational biology at UCT that provide opportunities for prospective PhD, MSc and Honours research students. Bioinformatics research at UCT ranges from comparative genomics, to pathogen bioinformatics and systems biology, human genetics, computational molecular evolution, and development of tools for high-throughput biology data analysis.


If you are self-motivated and have an Honours or undergraduate degree in the molecular biosciences, mathematics, computer science, statistics, physics or chemistry, you are invited to apply for a research studentship in computational biology. To apply please email your CV, academic transcripts and a motivation letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


An Honours programme in Bioinformatics is available through the Health Sciences Med Honours programme (see the Health Sciences website for details).


A new Interdisciplinary Masters programme in Data Science is now being offered by the Science Faculty. This will have the option for specialization in Bioinformatics.



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