Bioinformatics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • English (book IELTS)
    Language
University rank #90 (ARWU) ,
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 offered by the University of Leuven.  

About

This Bioinformatic interdisciplinary two-year programme at University of Leuven 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
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.

Is this the right programme for me? 

Are you a biochemist or molecular biologist with a keen interest in mathematics and programming? Are you a mathematician or statistician and want to apply your knowledge to complex biological questions? Do you want to develop new methods that can be used by doctors, biologists and biotechnology engineers? Then this is the right program for you!

Programme Structure

    Courses:
      • Structure, Synthesis and Cellular Function of 
      • Macromolecules 
      • Basics of Biological Chemistry 
      • Basic Concepts of Cell Biology 
      • Introduction to Genetics 
      • Gene Technology 

              Detailed Programme Facts

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

              English Language Requirements

              You need the following IELTS score:

              • Minimum required score:

                6

                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.

                Book IELTS

              Academic Requirements

              All applicants who have not obtained a previous diploma in a programme taught in English in Australia, English-speaking Canada, the Caribbean Islands, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States of America must submit a certificate proving their proficiency in English. Students should present an English proficiency level of at least B2, with scores of at least 18/30 (TOEFL) or 6/9 (IELTS) on each of the components tested (reading, writing, speaking, listening). 

              Tuition Fee

              Living costs for Leuven

              870 - 1300 EUR/month
              Living Costs

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

              Funding

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