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Bioinformatics and Systems Biology - Systems Biology

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

24 months
15500 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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Are you interested in unravelling this by using machine learning, sequence analysis, computational models and/or systematic experiments? Then the M.Sc. in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology - Systems Biology programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is the programme for you.


Bioinformatics and Systems Biology is a joint degree Master's programme from VU Amsterdam and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. 

The M.Sc. in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology - Systems Biology programme teaches you to combine molecular and cell biology, computer science and mathematical modelling to integrate vast amounts of biological data into a fundamental understanding of life at the molecular level.

During the programme, you will develop skills in scientific research and a high level of abstraction and quantitative thinking. You will learn to apply and combine rapid developments in different research fields and obtain an interdisciplinary mind-set with many transferrable skills. 

The Systems Biology specialisation track comprises three additional profile courses. In these courses, you will learn how to model large metabolic pathways, how to deal with large and heterogeneous experimental datasets, how to set up experiments to probe biological systems and how experiment modelling and data analysis should be combined.

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With a Master’s degree in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, you are versatile. The qualities you have developed during the programme are relevant in many different positions, and you will have obtained many interdisciplinary and transferrable skills.

Programme Structure

The profile courses are compulsory for the Systems Biology specialisation:
  • Basic Models of Biological Networks
  • Systems Biology in Practice
  • Statistics with R

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

The next VU Online Master's Event will take place on Saturday 5 March.


120 ECTS


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Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The Bioinformatics and Systems Biology programme is open to both Dutch and international students. The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application.
  • For admission to the Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Master’s programme it is required to hold at least 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 or similar) with a strong interest in biological research topics and computational (quantitative) methods. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15500 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 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.


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.

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