M.Sc. On Campus

Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

24 months
2018 EUR/year
1710 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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Fascinated by biological questions and intrigued by the opportunities Big Data and high computer power offers to tackle them? Jump right into it with the master programme in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology from University of Fribourg.


The Master of Science in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology of University of Fribourg is an interdisciplinary programme taught exclusively in English and jointly organised between the Universites of Fribourg and Bern. All involved departments offer outstanding conditions for research and training and highly competitive researcher-student ratios.The study programme of the first semester builds upon your expertise in biology, biochemistry or life science, or respectively in mathematics, computer science or physics and complements your background with individually tailored courses in programming, statistics or fundamental biology. In the second and third semester you will then concentrate on the major topics in bioinformatics and computational biology, namely in data management, the analysis of sequence data, modeling of biological systems, image analysis, systems biology and personalised health. The so acquired skills will further be reinforced through intensive hands-on training and practical courses. The fourth semester is then devoted to your own research project that you will conduct in an internationally recognised research lab at the University of Fribourg or Bern. Alternatively, your project may also be conducted in collaboration with an affiliated institute (e.g. the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics), a governmental institution or the private sector.

Program Learning Outcomes

Our master programme in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology will trim you fit for a career in the life sciences, health science or in food technology, both in industry or in governmental or non-governmental organisations, as well as for a PhD in academia. Bioinformatics and computational biology have direct and highly sought applications in basic and applied research ranging from conservation biology and modeling molecular networks to epidemiology, biomedical engineering and drug design, artistic data visualisation and developing human-computer interaction. Our programme further promotes the exchange and interaction with people from many different fields, which will considerably widen your job prospects in academia as well as in the private sector.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Programming with R
  • Applied biostatistics
  • Stochastic models in bioinformatics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Evolutionary Genomics 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

English requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Master's degree programmes are built on the knowledge and abilities that were acquired when obtaining a bachelor's degree.
  • Holders of a bachelor's degree awarded by a Swiss university are admitted to a master's degree programme without any preconditions if they have earned 60 or 90 ECTS credits depending on the chosen master's degree programme within the corresponding discipline. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    2018 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1009 EUR per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    1710 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 855 EUR per semester during 24 months.

National students: CHF 835 International students: CHF 985

Living costs for Fribourg

1330 - 1960 CHF /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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