Bioinformatics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #47 (WUR) ,
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 KU Leuven.  


This Bioinformatic interdisciplinary two-year programme at KU 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

      • 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 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.

                Book IELTS
              • 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

              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

              • International Applies to you

                906 EUR/year
                Tuition Fee
                Based on the original amount of 906 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
              • EU/EEA Applies to you

                906 EUR/year
                Tuition Fee
                Based on the original amount of 906 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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              Living costs for Leuven

              • 810 - 1280 EUR/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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