Bioinformatics, M.Sc. | Wageningen University and Research | Wageningen, Netherlands
24 months
19600 EUR/year
2314 EUR/year
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The Bioinformatics programme at the 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.

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At the Bioinformatics programme at the 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,
  • Data scientist (DuPont, Bio-Prodict, Hyve)
  • Programmer (Proigia)

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Programming
  • Data science
  • Elementary bioinformatics tools
  • Molecular Systems Biology
  • Advanced bioinformatics courses
  • Systems biology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Sept: Application via Studielink will open in October


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120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

English requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A WUR BSc degree in Animal Sciences, Biotechnology, Molecular Life Sciences, Plant Sciences, a Dutch BSc in Biology (with CROHO 56860 or 59325), or equivalent.
  • The norm for this equivalence is an assessment of the student’s expertise in one or more of the following topics: Bioinformatics, Computer sciences, Programming skills, Life sciences (with at least biochemistry and molecular biology), Biology (cell biology, microbiology, genetics), Chemistry (biochemistry). And both the following topics: Mathematics (algebra), Statistics (normal and binomial distribution)
  • Transcript of records displaying the content of previous course subjects and project work;
  • Curriculum vitae displaying relevant work, internship and/or project experience on an academic level in a relevant field if applicable.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19600 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19600 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2314 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2314 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.


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