Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, M.Sc. | Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam | Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Bioinformatics and Systems Biology

24 months
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17380 EUR/year
2530 EUR/year
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About

Converting this huge volume of data into real understanding is the basic challenge of Bioinformatics research. With the Bioinformatics and Systems Biology MSc programme offered at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam you become an expert in this field.

Overview

High-throughput methods like massively parallel sequencing and mass spectrometry generate more raw data than conventional computer models can handle efficiently. 

To process and analyse this data, computational techniques from Bioinformatics – such as sequence alignment, sequence assembly, biostatistics and machine learning – are required in order to make predictions about health outcome and to decide on a personalized treatment for the patient. Both Bioinformatics and Systems Biology are strongly interdisciplinary fields. 

The Bioinformatics and Systems Biology MSc programme offered at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam combines molecular and cell biology, computer science and mathematical modelling to integrate vast amounts of biological data into fundamental knowledge. You will develop a strong feel for scientific research and high levels of abstraction, and learn to combine the rapid developments in these fields.

You can choose from two tracks: 

  • Bioinformatics
  • Systems Biology

Career prospects

  • Our graduates are in great demand: every student has immediately found employment in industry or the academic world. The vast majority go on to work within the field (40%) and find a suitable job in the biotechnology, finance, banking or insurance industry.  
  • More than half of our students (60%) continues scientific research as a PhD student. Thanks to technological advances such as next generation sequencing and the development of personalized medicine career prospects will only improve.

Promotion alumni sessions Master’s day

During the Master’s day, you can also meet our (international) alumni during several workshops. In these sessions they will tell you more about career opportunities after finishing your Master’s degree.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Algorithms in Sequence Analysis
  • Structural Bioinformatics
  • Bioinformatics for Translational 
  • Biology
  • Microbiology

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Language

English
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT
92

Credits

120 ECTS

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®
Required
GMAT admission requirements GMAT
Required

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT
92

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited research university, with at least three full years of academic study amounting to a minimum of 180 ECTS or equivalent.
  • The programme is aimed at science Bachelor's graduates (chemistry, biology, biotechnology, biomedical sciences, artificial intelligence, computer science, mathematics, physics)
  • The Master's requires proficiency in three key subjects: Mathematics, Programming, and (Molecular) Biology. If you have had prior training in all three subjects, you are directly admissible, if in two, your GPA should be 6.5 on the dutch 10 point scale (the VU international office will translate your grades); if in one key subject, your GPA needs to be 7.0.
  • Create an enrollment application in Studielink
  • Complete your application in Vuweb
  • CV
  • 1 or 2 Letters of recommendation
  • Letter of Motivation
  • Transcript of records
  • Thesis
  • A description of the relevant courses followed and literature used during your previous higher education

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17380 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17380 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2530 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2530 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Amsterdam

1000 - 1500 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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Scholarships Information

Below you will find Master's scholarship opportunities for Bioinformatics and Systems Biology.

Available Scholarships

You are eligible to apply for these scholarships but a selection process will still be applied by the provider.

Independent provider
Grant
4000 USD
Deadline
20 Dec 2025
OAS ISS Scholarship
Merit-based

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The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
1000000 INR
Deadline
Anytime
Education Future International Scholarship
Merit-based

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Education Future
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
3500 USD
Deadline
15 Nov 2024
ACES Scholarships
Merit-based Need-based

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ACES Education Fund
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
1000 USD
Deadline
30 Nov 2024
ServiceScape Scholarship
Merit-based Need-based

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ServiceScape
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
1000 USD
Deadline
30 Nov 2024
The Smooth Movers Scholarship
Merit-based Need-based

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The Smooth Movers
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
14 Oct 2024
Fulbright U.S. Student Program
Merit-based Need-based

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U.S. government
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
1350 EUR
Deadline
31 Oct 2024
ELES-Scholarship (Ernst-Ludwig-Ehrlich-Studienwerk)
Merit-based Need-based

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Austria’s Agency for Education and Internationalisation
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
31 Dec 2024
Grants of the Leopold Figl Foundation for students with residence in Lower Austria
Need-based

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Leopold Figl Foundation
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
1500 USD
Deadline
Not specified
Novus Biologicals Scholarship
Merit-based Need-based

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Bio-Techne
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
Not specified
R&D Systems Scholarship
Merit-based

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Bio-Techne
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
33600 EUR
Deadline
01 Jul 2024
Mundus MAPP EMJM Scholarship
Merit-based

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Mundus MAPP
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
3000 USD
Deadline
30 Jun 2024
Moving Mates Scholarship
Need-based

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Moving Mates
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
Not specified
Erasmus+ - Grants for study mobility
Merit-based

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OeAD, Austria's Agency for Education and Internationalisation
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
7000 USD
Deadline
24 Apr 2025
Go Global MBA Scholarship
Merit-based

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educations.com
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
5000 USD
Deadline
25 Aug 2024
Women Scholarship for International Students
Merit-based

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educations.com
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
5000 CAD
Deadline
31 Dec 2024
Pinsky Law New Venture Development Scholarship
Merit-based

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Pinsky Law
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
90000 AUD
Deadline
Not specified
World Universities Ramsay Postgraduate Scholarship
Merit-based Need-based

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The Ramsay Centre
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
3000 USD
Deadline
31 Dec 2025
Scholarship for students with disabilities
Need-based

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Anonymous Hope Fund
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
12000 USD
Deadline
30 Nov 2024
Tobacco Harm Reduction Scholarship Programme
Merit-based Need-based

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The Tobacco Harm Reduction Scholarship Programme
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
10000 USD
Deadline
31 Jul 2024
Global Innovation Challenge
Merit-based Need-based

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Social Shifters
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
8000 EUR
Deadline
Not specified
Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters scholarships
Merit-based Need-based

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European Commission
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
3500 USD
Deadline
15 Nov 2024
The Bill Walsh Scholarship
Merit-based

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ACES: The Society for Editing
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
3000 USD
Deadline
Not specified
AAPG Foundation Grants-in-Aid
Merit-based Need-based

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American Association of Petroleum Geologists Foundation
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
2000 USD
Deadline
31 Jul 2024
The MyUS Community Scholarship
Merit-based Need-based

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MyUS
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
2000 USD
Deadline
20 Aug 2024
Dermadry Hyperhidrosis Scholarship
Merit-based Need-based

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Dermadry
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
1000 USD
Deadline
31 Aug 2024
$1,000 All Star Verified Scholarship
Merit-based

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Verified Scholarships
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
1000 USD
Deadline
10 Dec 2024
PlagiarismSearch 2024 Essay Contest
Merit-based

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PlagiarismSearch
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
1000 USD
Deadline
31 Oct 2024
$1,500 Annual Video Contest Scholarship
Merit-based

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IvyPanda
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
1000 USD
Deadline
31 Aug 2024
Florida Rentals Annual Dream Vacation Scholarship
Merit-based Need-based

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Florida Rentals
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
1000 USD
Deadline
30 Jun 2024
$1,500 Annual Essay Writing Contest Scholarship
Merit-based Need-based

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IvyPanda
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
965 USD
Deadline
Anytime
Dr. Martin Blank – SYB Scholarship
Merit-based

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Shield Your Body
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
500 USD
Deadline
31 Oct 2024
CryptoRunner Scholarship
Merit-based Need-based

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CryptoRunner
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
55 GBP
Deadline
19 Jun 2024
IELTS Morgan Terry Memorial IATEFL Scholarship
Merit-based

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IELTS from 6 to 9
Location not available

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