• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English
Bioinformatics is a young field of science that seeks answers to the versatile research questions in biology, medicine, and biotechnology with computational modeling of biological systems and the analysis of complex big data produced by the modern high-throughput measurement technologies. The Life Science Technologies - Bioinformatics course is delivered by Aalto University.


The Bioinformatics major is designed to give strong competences in

  • computational and data science,
  • skills for developing new computational methods and models, and
  • applying them to real-world biomolecular data.

Thus, the student will acquire solid knowledge of probabilistic modeling and machine learning, as well as skills to interpret and visualize diverse biomolecular data.

Doctoral Track in Bioinformatics major

Bioinformatics will launch a doctoral track in the academic year 2017-2018. Doctoral track is a competitive track where only a limited number of top students will be admitted. Students selected to the doctoral track can have their studies tailored towards pursuing PhD studies and can start working towards PhD in one of the department’s research groups already during their Master studies.

The full Master’s programme (120 ECTS) including the Master’s thesis needs to be completed (in two years with very good grades) before formally entering the doctoral programme, but the purpose of the doctoral track is to prepare the student for the academic career and provide the student with skills and knowledge required for the PhD studies. The applicants are asked to indicate their interest in entering the doctoral track in their application's motivation letter.

Study programme

Studies in the Bioinformatics major cover a wide range of topics in bioinformatics and computational systems biology. To better understand the methodological basis commonly used in the field, the major will provide students with a comprehensive background in probabilistic modeling, machine learning and data science. State-of-the-art methods for analyzing next-generation sequencing, microarray and other 'omics data as well as biological n

Career opportunities

The demand for bioinformatics professionals is considerable in both public and private sector.

The bioinformation specialists are in great demand in research groups at universities and research institutes both in Finland and abroad.

Graduates are also sought after in private enterprises, such as drug companies and other medically-oriented organizations.

The Life Science Technologies - Bioinformatics course is delivered by Aalto University.

Programme Structure

The Bioinformatics major is designed to give strong competences in

  • computational and data science,
  • skills for developing new computational methods and models, and
  • applying them to real-world biomolecular data.
For more information, please visit programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    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 (Grade C):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    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:


    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

Applicants to the Bioinformatics major should have Bachelor's degree (minimum 180 ECTS credits or equivalent) in Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Bioinformation Technology, or a closely related field.

Excellent candidates with degrees in other fields such as Engineering, Physics, Life Sciences, Information Systems, and Economics will be considered if they have sufficient studies and proven skills and knowledge in computational, mathematical and statistical methods.

Required background knowledge: studies encompassing at least 60 ECTS credits in

  • mathematics (linear algebra, calculus and/or discrete mathematics)
  • basic probability theory and statistics
  • basic programming skills, algorithms and data structures

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

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

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Tuition in bachelor's and master's programmes taught in English from August 2017 onwards are subjected to annual fees for non-EU/EEA citizens.

Living costs for Helsinki

910 - 1400 EUR/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Prospective students subject to tuition fees are eligible to apply for Aalto University Scholarship.

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