Uppsala University

Bioinformatics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English
The Master Programme in Bioinformatics is designed for those of you who wish to focus on the exciting interdisciplinary field of bioinformatics, which combines computer sciences, mathematics and biology. Uppsala University possesses exceptional competence in bioinformatics and computer sciences. 


In a number of fields, such as biomedicine, pharmaceutical development and evolutionary biology, modern methods are used that generate large volumes of data, including DNA/RNA and protein sequences, molecule structures, gene expression data and measurement data. Transforming this volume of data into applicable information and being able to draw relevant conclusions requires management and analysis tools. The bioinformatician possesses the skills to both use and develop such tools.

The Master Programme in Bioinformatics from Uppsala University offers advanced courses in bioinformatics, where theory and practice from various fields of science such as mathematics, computer science and biology are combined. Through our expert teachers, you will obtain a broad contact network, enabling you to establish links with potential future employers. For instance, you may conduct research at a university, hospital or with a biotech company. During the programme, you will meet researchers pursuing new knowledge advances within each respective field, and there will be considerable opportunities where you can contribute to the rapid development of bioinformatics.

You will gain hands-on experience in a research group and be able to further develop a programme for analysis of new pharmaceutical candidates, or produce a programme module for analysis of suitable target molecules for a diagnostic tool.

The Master Programme in Bioinformatics will provide you with both theoretical and practical knowledge in molecular biology, data management and programming, as well as bioinformatic applications within these fields.

Through courses designed as projects, you will also learn how to plan, execute and finalise projects. The programme has courses together with the Master Programme in Molecular Biotechnology Engineering, specialising in Bioinformatics. Alumni from the programme have pursued successful careers mainly in academic research.


Uppsala University has an excellent international reputation, and a Master’s degree in bioinformatics from Uppsala University will provide you with an internationally recognised qualification that opens doors to both academic research and a career in industry, in Sweden and internationally. Depending on your chosen specialisation in the second year, you may work with research and development in: laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, biotech companies and software companies with specialisation in bioinformatic applications.

Currently, most of our alumni are working in research-related environments within the academy or in close cooperation with the university. Government agencies such as the Swedish National Food Administration and the Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control are also pursuing exciting developments in the field of bioinformatics. The biotechnology industry has an urgent and increasing need for bioinformaticians

The labour market is strongly international since methods and issues are similar in all parts of the world. Our research institutions have cooperation agreements worldwide, and their contact networks will be a valuable resource for you. Our students often gain practical experience or do graduate work outside Sweden. Rapid developments in the field of biotechnology entail that the demand for bioinformatic competence is increasing, particularly in academic research, but also in government agencies and the private sector.


The programme leads to a Master of Science (120 credits) with Bioinformatics as the main field of study.

Programme Structure

First year

All students in the programme will take the same courses during the first year. The introductory course consists of several components that present important concepts and methods within bioinforma­tics, followed by courses such as Genome Biology, Software Technology, Molecular Evolution and Phylogenetics and Evolution Causes and Consequences.

Second year

In the second year, you will specialise in a bioinformatics field of your choice, for example, laboratory information management systems (LIMS), applied bioinformatics or population genetic analysis.

The second year finishes with a degree project carried out at a company, government agency or authority, or at one of our research departments at the university.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 575

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 90

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.

Also required is:
  • knowledge of mathematics (e.g. algebra, analysis, differential equations and mathematical statistics) corresponding to approximately 20 weeks of full-time studies (30 credits); and
  • knowledge of computer science and scientific computing (e.g. numerical analysis, algorithms, data structures and programming) corresponding to approximately 20 weeks of full-time studies (30 credits).

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 30370 International
  • Free EU/EEA
  • Application Fee: SEK 900
  • Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 72500
  • Tuition fee, total: SEK 290000


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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