KU Leuven

M.Sc. On Campus
24 months
6000 EUR/year
947 EUR/year
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The Master of Bioinformatics at KU Leuven is embedded in a strong bioinformatics research community in KU Leuven, who monthly meet at the Bioinformatics Interest Group. 


In modern biology, large and complex data sets are being generated at an incredible pace. The types of data include DNA sequences, protein structures, mass spectrometry and large-scale networks. Bioinformatics combines biology, computer science, mathematics and statistics to analyse and interpret this big data. Due to the data avalanche in biology, ecology, biotechnology, genetics, pharmacy and medicine, bioinformatics experts are in high demand.

The programme provides you with a strong theoretical background in each of the disciplines. In addition, you will use computer programming and machine learning as well as existing bioinformatics pipelines to study biological, biomedical and biotechnological systems under the guidance of top researchers in bioinformatics. The combination of theoretical background and applied skills allows you to make informed choices for data analysis methodologies.

  • The programme is truly multidisciplinary. On the one hand, students obtain detailed theoretical knowledge of quantitative methods and on the other hand become familiar with the molecular techniques that are used in modern biology.
  • The input from teaching staff from different faculties provides a broad view on the application areas of bioinformatics, from basic science to plant breeding and medical applications.
  • We offer a high academic level and have high expectations of our students.
  • Bioinformaticians find careers in the life sciences domain in the broadest sense: industry, the academic world, health care, etc. The expanding need for bioinformatics in biological and medical research ensures a large variety of job opportunities in fundamental and applied research. 60% of our graduates start a PhD after graduation.

    Programme Structure

    Courses include:

    • Molecular Interactions: Theories and Methods
    • Structural Bioinformatics
    • Model Organisms
    • Dynamical Systems
    • Statistical Methods for Bioinformatics
    • Machine Learning and Inductive Inference
    • Applied Multivariate Statistical Analysis
    • Support Vector Machines: Methods and Applications

    Key information


    • Full-time
      • 24 months

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    120 ECTS


    On Campus

    Academic requirements

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    English requirements

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    Tuition Fee

    • International

      6000 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 6000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
    • EU/EEA

      947 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 947 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.

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