Bioinformatics - Computer Science Background, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
The Master Programme in Bioinformatics - Computer Science Background from Uppsala University is designed for those of you who wish to focus on the exciting interdisciplinary field of bioinformatics, which combines computer sciences, mathematics and biology. 


The Master Programme in Bioinformatics - Computer Science Background 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. 

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 bioinformatics applications within these fields. Through project-based courses, 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.


Depending on your chosen specialisation in the second year, you may work with research and development in: research laboratories, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, biotech companies and software companies with specialisation in bioinformatics applications. 

Currently, most of our alumni are working in research-related environments within the academy or in close cooperation with the university. 

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Bioinformatics - Starting Course
  • Script Programming
  • Evolution: Causes and Consequences
  • Knowledge-Based Systems in Bioinformatics
  • Statistical Inference for Bioinformatics
  • Computer Assisted Image Analysis
  • Molecular Evolution
  • Information Management Systems
  • Large Datasets for Scientific Applications
  • Genome Analysis
For more information, please visit the programme website.

                                                                    Detailed Programme Facts

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

                                                                    English Language Requirements

                                                                    You only need to take one of these language tests:

                                                                    • Minimum required score:


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                                                                    Academic Requirements

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

                                                                    • 30 hp in mathematics; and
                                                                    • 30 hp in computer science.

                                                                    Students are selected based on:

                                                                    • a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
                                                                    • a statement of purpose (1 page).

                                                                    Tuition Fee

                                                                    • International Applies to you

                                                                      15114.5 EUR/year
                                                                      Tuition Fee
                                                                      Based on the original amount of 30229 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
                                                                    • EU/EEA Applies to you

                                                                      Tuition Fee
                                                                      Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
                                                                    We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.


                                                                    • Application Fee: SEK 900
                                                                    • Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 72500
                                                                    • Tuition fee, total: SEK 290000

                                                                    Living costs for Uppsala

                                                                    • 8200 - 12300 SEK/month
                                                                      Living Costs

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


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