Bioinformatics - Biology Background, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (schedule IELTS)
The Master Programme in Bioinformatics - Biology Background from Uppsala University is designed for those of you who wish to focus on the exciting interdisciplinary field of bioinformatics, which combines computer sciences, mathematics and biology. 


The Master Programme in Bioinformatics - Biology Background from Uppsala University offers advanced courses in bioinformatics, where theory and practice from various fields of science such as mathematics, computer science and biology are combined. During the programme, you will meet researchers pursuing new knowledge advances within each respective field, and there will be considerable opportunities where you can contribute to the rapid development of bioinformatics. 

You will gain hands-on experience in a research group and be able to further develop a programme for analysis of new pharmaceutical candidates, or produce a programme module for analysis of suitable target molecules for a diagnostic tool. 

The Master Programme in Bioinformatics will provide you with both theoretical and practical knowledge in molecular biology, data management and programming, as well as bioinformatics applications within these fields. Through project-based courses, you will also learn how to plan, execute and finalise projects.


Depending on your chosen specialisation in the second year, you may work with research and development in: research laboratories, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, biotech companies and software companies with specialisation in bioinformatics applications.

Currently, most of our alumni are working in research-related environments within the academy or in close cooperation with the university. 

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Bioinformatics - Starting Course
  • Script Programming
  • Evolution: Causes and Consequences
  • Knowledge-Based Systems in Bioinformatics
  • Statistical Inference for Bioinformatics
  • Computer Assisted Image Analysis I
  • Molecular Evolution
  • Information Management Systems 
  • Large Datasets for Scientific Applications
  • Genome Analysis
For more information, please visit the programme website.

                                                Detailed Programme Facts

                                                • Programme intensity Full-time
                                                  • Full-time duration 24 months
                                                • Credits
                                                  120 alternative credits
                                                • Languages
                                                  • English
                                                • Delivery mode
                                                  On Campus

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                                                Academic Requirements

                                                A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.

                                                Also required is:

                                                • 45 credits in biology with 30 hp in molecular biology, cell biology, evolution and/or genetics; and
                                                • 15 credits in mathematics/statistics.

                                                Students are selected based on:

                                                • a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
                                                • a statement of purpose (1 page).

                                                Tuition Fee

                                                • International Applies to you

                                                  15106 EUR/year
                                                  Tuition Fee
                                                  Based on the original amount of 30212 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
                                                • EU/EEA Applies to you

                                                  Tuition Fee
                                                  Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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                                                Non EU/EEA

                                                • Application Fee: SEK 900
                                                • Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 72500
                                                • Tuition fee, total: SEK 290000

                                                Living costs for Uppsala

                                                • 7620 - 12070 SEK/month
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