24 months
17616 EUR/year
1084 EUR/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The Bioinformatics programme at Wageningen University and Research provide students with a BSc in Life Sciences or Computer Sciences with skills necessary to manipulate large biological datasets, the ability to analyze these data and the ability to develop new bioinformatics tools.

Visit the official programme website for more information


At the Bioinformatics programme at Wageningen University and Research  focuses on the practical application of Bioinformatics. Depending on previous BSc degree, candidates are requested to follow supplementary introduction courses. Students with BSc in Computer Science follow courses in molecular biology and students with BSc in Life Science courses on programming and computer science.

Future career - Bioinformatics from Wageningen University and Research

This is a new field, thus we have no hard data on the follow-up. It is however anticipated that five years after graduation, about one third will still be employed as a scientist at an University or research center. Others will choose for a career at research-oriented pharmaceutical and biotechnological companies.

Examples of positions (not being a PhD position) and companies of graduates of the MBF program are:

  • Bioinformatician (Nutricia, NIOO, Exp. cardiology UMCG, LUMC, Prinses Maxima centrum voor kinder oncologie, DDL diagnostics laboratory, Rijk Zwaan, Bejo zaden, Illumina, DDL diagnostics laboratory)
  • Software developer (GenDx, iPerform software, Redhat, CM.com)
  • Data scientist (DuPont, Bio-Prodict, Hyve)
  • Programmer (Proigia)

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The curriculum commences with training in programming, data science and elementary bioinformatics tools aimed at using existing software to collect, analyze and interpret DNA and protein sequence information and moves on to more open challenges. Afterwards students follow Molecular Systems Biology.
  • Advanced bioinformatics courses deal with structural and functional genomics, transcriptomics and DNA array technology data, as well as algorithm development and machine learning. Alternatively, students can focus on systems biology.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Sept: Application via Studielink will open in October


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bioinformatics seeks solutions to biological problems through systematic analysis of large sets of bio-data. Students who want to enrol in the Msc programme Bioinformatics therefore must have at least a Bsc degree of equivalent in, bioinformatics, molecular biology, biotechnology, biochemistry, or a related field in life sciences or computer science.
  • Enrolment is possible with BSc degree in Bioinformatics, Life Science or Computer Science. An admission committee will judge applications on an individual basis. Read the Admission Requirements for details on the admission procedure and application forms.
  •  A bachelor degree or equivalent in a field of science relevant to your selected programme.
  •  Sufficient academic performance throughout your BSc degree, as shown by an average unweighted mark that meets the required minimum, as determined in the International credentials evaluation guide.
  •  Meet our English language requirements (see below).

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    17616 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17616 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1084 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1084 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Wageningen

700 - 800 EUR /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Our partners

Wageningen University and Research


Go to your profile page to get personalised recommendations!