M.Sc. Bioinformatics

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • EUR13500 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    Free (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • English ( Take IELTS test or Find a course )
| Århus, Denmark
The MSc in Bioinformatics programme from Aarhus University is open to all students with a BSc degree in the natural, technical or health sciences with a significant content of biological and/or computational subjects, such as a BSc degree in bioinformatics, biology, molecular biology, mathematics, statistics or computer science.


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Students on the programme will be exposed to the many topics in bioinformatics through lectures, projects and exercise sessions; they will specialise in a bioinformatics subject during their thesis work while also acquiring general competencies in bioinformatics and IT.

Central classes are Genomes and Protein Structures, Next-Generation Sequencing, Medical Genome Analysis, Applied Programming, Algorithms in Bioinformatics, and Statistical Methods in Bioinformatics. Together these courses cover core topics of bioinformatics, building upon biology, statistics and computer science.

Bioinformatics involves the development and application of IT-based solutions for analysing and handling biological and medical data, such as DNA sequences and protein structures. Today, bioinformatics plays an important role in most biological and medical discoveries and workflows concerned with molecular data, such as large-scale genome-sequencing projects. A successful bioinformatics solution combines theoretical and practical knowledge from several areas of science, which is what the two-year MSc in Bioinformatics programme at Aarhus University offers.

Teaching, Research, Collaboration

The teaching in the programme is greatly influenced by the bioinformatics research at Aarhus University, as all the lecturers are active researchers. Aarhus University has strong research groups within many areas of bioinformatics, e.g. evolutionary bioinformatics, studying how and in what way genomes (hereditary material) in organisms develop over the course of time, and medical bioinformatics, studying the correlations between diseases and genetic factors.

Students will benefit from the down-to-earth, informal relationship between faculty and students. In their thesis project, students will have every chance of becoming associated with a research group that will allow them to participate in the group’s scientific discussions and projects. They thus have excellent opportunities for working on active research projects or participating in collaborative projects with bioinformatics companies.

Career Profile

The MSc in Bioinformatics programme is both practical and research oriented. It reflects the interests of the business community, research institutions and the public sector. Students obtain skills within the development of IT for analysing and handling data-intensive systems in general and biological and medical systems in particular.

Graduates are thus extremely well placed to find employment as bioinformatics specialists in the biotechnology industry, or in other areas where computational skills in analysis of large amounts of data are essential. They are also attractive to the IT industry as software developers.

Detailed Course Facts

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Tuition fee
  • EUR13500 per year ( International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • Free ( EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

The Master’s degree in bioinformatics counts as 120 ECTS credits and includes subjects in the bioinformatics subject area plus subjects from within the biology, mathematics and computer science fields of study. You specialise by participating in course activities and projects and by writing a thesis.

During your very first week, you structure your own individual study programme with the help of a teacher from the bioinformatics degree programme by choosing courses from a course catalogue. Your programme is based on your academic qualifications and interests and the subjects you studied for your Bachelor’s degree. The plan must be approved by the Board of Studies before you can enrol for examinations.

Forms of teaching

At the University of Aarhus, you are in close contact with researchers in a way that you rarely experience at other universities. The door to the professor’s office is always open if you need clarification of the study material, and you are encouraged to ask questions at lectures and during exercises. We make heavy demands on your academic skills and independence. In return, you gain considerable benefits in the form of academic challenges and scientific knowledge, in addition to broad competences.

The teaching at the university focuses on independence, critical thinking and collaboration. Part of the teaching is in the form of lectures that introduce new angles to the material compared with the textbooks. The theoretical and practical exercises take place in small groups where you study relevant issues in depth. Most bioinformatics students also spend a certain amount of time on project work in small groups in connection with the use or development of bioinformatics tools.

The varied forms of teaching, collaboration in groups and the opportunity for close scientific dialogue with the researchers provide you with general competences that are in great demand in the global job market. These competences include abstract, critical and independent thinking, analytical skills and strategic planning. You can use these skills in many contexts – even in jobs you didn’t know you were qualified for.


The following Bachelors degrees qualify students for admission to the Masters degree programme in Bioinformatics:

  • A Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, Biology or Molecular Biology from a Danish university.

The following other degrees can provide admission to the Masters degree programme in Bioinformatics:

  • A Bachelors degree amounting to at least 60 ECTS credits in Bioinformatics can qualify the student for admission, provided the combined academic demands regarding the Masters degree programme in Bioinformatics can be met.

Other qualifications can provide admission to the Masters degree programme, provided the university assesses that their level, extent and content correspond to the degrees mentioned above.

The English language requirement at GSST is comparable to an “English B level” in the Danish upper secondary school (“gymnasium”).

English language qualifications comparable to an “English B level” is documented by one of the following tests:

  • TOEFL test, minimum score: 560 (paper-based test) or 83 (internet-based test)
  • IELTS (academic) test, minimum average score: 6.5 points
  • Cambridge ESOL Examinations:
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency (CPE)
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)

When to take the test and how to upload the documentation:

The test result must not be more than two years old at the time of application.

The English language test should be taken before applying for admission and uploaded under “language skills documentation” in the online application form.

It is possible to apply for admission before you have taken the test. In this case documentation stating that you have signed up for a test (please state expected submission date) must be uploaded.

The following applicants are exempted from documenting their English qualifications/taking a test:

  • Applicants with citizenship from the following countries Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States, or one of the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden).
  • Applicants with a Bachelor’s or Master’s programme completed in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, or United States. In this case, please upload your Bachelor’s or Master’s diploma under the section ”Language skills documentation”.
  • Applicants with a Bachelor’s or Master’s programme completed at Aarhus University for which the requirement was English B level at the time of admission. In this case, please upload your Bachelor’s or Master’s diploma under the section ”Language skills documentation”.
  • Applicants able to document that English was the language of instruction during the whole period of their Bachelor’s and/or Master’s programme. This must be documented by uploading an official document from the institution stating this under “language skills documentation”.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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