Bioinformatics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • English (schedule IELTS)
    Language
Bioinformaticians are distinguished by their ability to formulate biologically relevant questions, design and implement the appropriate solution by managing and analysing high-throughput molecular biological and sequence data, and interpret the obtained results. The Bioinformatics programme is delivered by KU Leuven.

About

This interdisciplinary two-year programme focuses on acquiring

  • basic background knowledge in diverse disciplines belonging to the field of bioinformatics, including statistics, molecular biology and computer science
  • expert knowledge in the field of bioinformatics
  • programming skills
  • engineering skills

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. Bioinformatics research groups are spread over the Arenberg and Gasthuisberg campus and are located in the research departments of Microbial and Molecular Systems (M2S), Electrical Engineering (ESAT), Human Genetics, Microbiology and Immunology (REGA), Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Chemistry and Biology. Several of these bioinformatics research groups are also associated with the Flemish Institute for Biotechnology (VIB).

Career paths

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

Major Engineering Has a broad theoretical knowledge of methodology in computer science and can apply this knowledge to design, implement and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component or programme to solve technical bioinformatics problems.

Major Bioscience Engineering Has specialized knowledge of complex biosystems and can apply this knowledge to design, implement and evaluate novel methodologies to solve technical problems in an environment where bioinformatics is used.

Major Engineering and Bioscience Engineering Has advanced skills in data analysis methodologies and can apply these skills to integrate data from multiple disciplines to solve bioinformatics problems in scientific, clinical or biotechnological environments.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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    550

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  • Minimum required score:

    79

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Academic Requirements

Directly admitted to the programme: Bachelor (of Science) in de ingenieurswetenschappen, in de bio-ingenieurswetenschappen, in de geografie, in de geologie, in de biologie, in de biowetenschappen, in de industriële wetenschappen.

Upon evaluation of a complete application file: Bachelor of Science in Engineering, in Bioscience Engineering, in Environmental Engineering, in Geography, in Geology, Bachelor of Science in Biology, Bachelor of Science in Sciences.

If you already obtained a relevant Master’s degree from a university in the EEA, you may follow the abridged programme (60 ECTS) pending the recommendation of the Programme Committee.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    906 EUR/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 906 EUR per module and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    906 EUR/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 906 EUR per module and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Leuven

  • 810 - 1280 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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