The Bioinformatics masters programme will provide you with a broad specialist competence in bioinformatics. You will also develop your own individual ability to solve problems related to biology, to plan and carry out analyses on molecular biology and biomedical data, and to collect, process and critically judge results from such data. The Bioinformatics programme is delivered by University of Skövde.
The curriculum contains courses focusing on analysis of large-scale molecular biological and biomedical data, bioinformatics algorithms as well as research and development in bioinformatics.
There is a computer science part of the programme, where you will concentrate on courses in Perl programming as well as the statistical language R, which are both highly used in bioinformatics. You will also carry out a master's degree project in the field of bioinformatics.
During your studies, lectures will be mixed with computer laboratory work. You will learn how to use various computerized tools for compiling and analyzing data from research projects and biological experiments, and to use various methods for analysis, for example sequence analysis and gene expression analysis.
The language of tuition is English.
Bioinformatics is a cross-disciplinary field in close connection with research in the life sciences. Therefore, a large proportion of the students who have successfully completed their bioinformatics masters degrees have found positions as PhD students in various universities, both in Sweden and internationally. Some former students now work as bioinformatics managers in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry. In addition, some of our former students now work as lecturers, teaching bioinformatics courses in universities or colleges.
The program’s first semester consists of courses at the advanced level in bioinformatics to provide the necessary knowledge for further studies on the subject. For the majority of courses during the first semester supervised exercises and assignments have a prominent role. These exercises are designed to develop skills in practical problem solving through application of relevant bioinformatics methods.
During the first semester a course on current bioinformatics research problems is given and which provides an introduction to research methodology, with a focus on methodology with relevance in bioinformatics. During the second semester students will also carry out an independent thesis work of 30 ECTS. During the thesis work, the student should independently apply their knowledge to solve a current and relevant research problem in bioinformatics.
The following courses are included in the program:
You can apply until:
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You only need to take one of these language tests:
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Prerequisite is a full Bachelor’s degree in biology (or a related subject in the so-called life sciences) or computer science. A further requirement is proof of skills in English equivalent of studies at upper secondary level in Sweden, known as English course 6 / English course B. This is normally demonstrated by means of an internationally recognized test, e g IELTS or TOEFL or the equivalent.
Programmes in price bracket 2 (P2): 130,000 SEK (per academic year – 60 ECTS)
The University of Skövde offers a number of scholarships to students who are attending an international master's programme at the University and who are liable for tuition fees. If you are an exchange student, please contact your home university for information about the scholarships they provide.
1. UHR Scholarships for master's students
The University of Skövde administrates some scholarships funded by the Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR) to students liable to pay tuition fees attending a master's programme at the University. The scholarships are partial tuition fee waivers (50% of the tuition fee). The amount will be automatically deducted from the tuition fee when you receive your invoice. The scholarships are granted for one academic semester.
2. HS Scholarships for master's students
The University of Skövde offers a small number of scholarships to students attending a master's programme at the University who are liable for tuition fees. The scholarships consist of tuition fee waivers of 25,000 SEK per semester, and the amount will be automatically deducted from the tuition fee. The scholarships are granted for one academic semester.
Conditions: Both UHR and HS Scholarships can be extended to a subsequent academic semester provided that the student’s study results are satisfactory. The scholarship granting criterion is academic merit. The scholarships can only be awarded to tuition-paying students. Please note that you have to be able to finance the remainder of the tuition fee yourself, and to cover all the living expenses during your stay in Sweden.
How to apply for UHR and HS scholarships at the University of Skövde
First apply for one of studies at the University via University Admissions. You must apply for one of our master’s programmes at the Swedish official online application service University Admissions.
Then apply for a scholarship at the University of Skövde by filling in the online scholarship application form available on this webpage. Please note that you will need to provide us with the application number you received from the University Admissions website.
3. Scholarships for bachelor's students
Tuition-fee paying students attending an international bachelor’s programme at the University of Skövde will have the opportunity to apply for a scholarship for their third year of studies in Skövde. The scholarship granting criterion will be based on the students’ merits and grade results during their first two years of studies at our University.
4. Other types of scholarships for international students
4.1. Scholarships offered by the Swedish Institute
The Swedish Institute offers a range of scholarships for students coming to study in Sweden. For more information about SI's scholarships, please contact the Swedish Institute directly.
4.2. Scholarships for exchange students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland
If you are an exchange student, please contact your home university for information about which scholarships they provide. The University of Skövde is part of the Erasmus Programme, which means that if the University of Skövde has a bilateral Erasmus agreement with your home institution, then you might be able to study here with an Erasmus grant. We encourage you to pursue this option, since the Erasmus scholarships are often very generous.
4.3. Ciência sem Fronteiras - Science without Borders
The University of Skövde receives students with the scholarship Science without Borders, granted by the Brazilian government. More information about Science without Borders scholarships in Sweden here and on our website.
4.4. Erasmus Mundus Lamenitec Network
The University of Skövde participates in the Latin American Engineering and Information Technologies Network (LAMENITEC). More information about Erasmus Mundus LAMENITEC scholarships here.
StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
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