• Application Deadline
  • 24 months


Bioinformatics is a field of research focusing on computational analysis of biological data. It is an essential competence, as almost all biomedical research today involves the use of bioinformatics. 

In contrast to the past focus on single genes or proteins, systems biology is a field of research which focuses on understanding entire biological systems—such as protein complexes, metabolic pathways, or gene regulatory networks. 

Study programme focus.

In the course of your studies you will learn to use computer-based methods and mathematical models to analyse the vast amounts of biological data produced using high-throughput methods. Examples of biological data include DNA and protein sequences, mRNA levels, lists of post-translational modifications, protein-protein interaction data, and metabolic pathway information. But patient histories and the scientific literature itself are also examples of data types that can be analysed using computer methods. 

Although the focus is on computational analysis, it is important to have a solid understanding of the underlying molecular biology and the experimental methods used to generate the large volumes of data. Students will therefore have the opportunity to work both independently and with others in the laboratory, to ensure an even closer connection between data analysis and experimental work. 

You will be part of an exciting research area that will shed new light on fundamental, biological phenomena, and may lead to the development of new vaccines, cell factories, and medicines targeted at individual patients.


The MSc programme in Bioinformatics And Systems Biology at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) contains no predefined study lines or recommended programmes. Instead, you can put together your own study plan and your own tailored profile through your choice of courses from within the general program competences, the technological specialization courses, the elective courses at DTU, and other universities, and project work in Denmark or abroad. 

Career opportunities

There are many opportunities, both in Denmark and abroad, for jobs in which your competences in bioinformatics and systems biology will be in high demand. Typical employers include:

  • The biotech industry, e.g. Novozymes A/S and Novo Nordisk A/S,
  • The pharmaceutical industry, e.g. LEO Pharma A/S and Lundbeck A/S
  • The research community at universities in Denmark and abroad

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Systems Biology
  • Entrepreneurship in Food and Bio Engineering
  • Knowledge-based Entrepreneurship
  • Technology, economics, management and organisation (TEMO)
  • Statistical modelling: Theory and practice
  • General Medical Microbiology
  • Research Immersion, Life Science

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

To be admitted to a Master's degree program at DTU you must be either:

  • bachelor's degree in technical science or
  • diploma engineer or
  • bachelor in science.
The bachelor degree must be less than 10 years old.

The individual MSc Eng programme states in detail which bachelor programmes qualify and whether applicants have to complete supplementary educational activities.

Requirements for supplementary educational activities can equate to up to 30 ECTS credits and are specified in the form of a list of courses under the individual MSc Eng programmes.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15000 EUR/year
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    Based on the original amount of 15000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

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Living costs for Copenhagen

  • 7928 - 13460 DKK/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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