Master’s studies

Biology Background - Master Programme in Bioinformatics 2018/2019

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The Master Programme in Bioinformatics is designed for those of you who wish to focus on the exciting interdisciplinary field of bioinformatics, which combines computer sciences, mathematics and biology. Uppsala University possesses exceptional competence in bioinformatics and computer sciences. The tools and knowledge you will acquire as a student in this programme are central elements in many areas of research, such as studying the function of human hereditary characteristics, protein function in various organisms or developing new types of pharmaceuticals.

In a number of fields, such as biomedicine, pharmaceutical development and evolutionary biology, modern methods are used that generate large volumes of data, including DNA/RNA and protein sequences, molecule structures, gene expression data and various types of measurement data. Transforming this volume of data into applicable information and being able to draw relevant conclusions requires management and analysis tools. The bioinformatician possesses the skills to both use and develop such tools.

Why this programme?

The Master Programme in Bioinformatics offers advanced courses in bioinformatics, where theory and practice from various fields of science such as mathematics, computer science and biology are combined. During the programme, you will meet researchers pursuing new knowledge advances within each respective field, and there will be considerable opportunities where you can contribute to the rapid development of bioinformatics. 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.
Through our expert teachers, you will obtain a broad network, enabling you to establish links with potential future employers. For instance, you may conduct research at a university, work with clinical applications at a hospital or work with industrial applications at a biotech company.
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.


The programme leads to a Master of Science (120 credits) with Bioinformatics as the main field of study.

All specialisations of this programme


First year
The first semester, students with biology background will take courses in programming, statistics and database techniques. During this time, all students in the programme will also take the course Introduction to Bioinformatics, which presents important concepts and methods within bioinformatics. The second semester follows courses such as Genome Analysis, Molecular Evolution, Information Management Systems and Evolution -- Causes and Consequences.
Second year
During the second year, you will specialise in a bioinformatics field of your choice, for example, Complex Data – Analysis and Visualisation, Applied Bioinformatics or Population Genetic Analysis.
The second year finishes with a degree project carried out at a company, government agency or authority, or at one of our research departments at the university.

See outline for courses within the programme.

Learning experience

Instruction is composed of lectures, group exercises, laboratory work, seminars and your own project work. Instruction is directly linked to current research, and our teachers are active researchers with substantial specialist knowledge. The programme is given in Uppsala.
Through guest lecturers and our close contacts with the biotech industry, you will meet people with experience from bioinformatics development work outside the university.
Alumni (graduate bioinformaticians) who work in different bioinformatics environments and projects are invited to provide insight into the work of a bioinformatician and to recount the knowledge particularly important in their professional lives.
You will also be given suggestions about important courses or useful software tools, as well as information about especially creative research environments. The contact network with tutors, alumni, and company representatives will provide you as a student with the opportunity to form relationships with future employers during the course.
The language of all instruction is English.


Uppsala University has an excellent international reputation, and a Master’s degree in bioinformatics from Uppsala University will provide you with an internationally recognised qualification that opens doors to both academic research and a career in industry, in Sweden and internationally. 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. Government agencies such as the Swedish National Food Administration and the Public Health Agency of Sweden are also pursuing exciting developments in the field of bioinformatics. The biotechnology industry and hospitals have an urgent and increasing need for bioinformaticians
The labour market is international since methods and issues are similar in all parts of the world. Our research institutions have cooperation agreements worldwide, and their contact networks will be a valuable resource for you. Our students often gain practical experience or do graduate work outside Sweden. Rapid developments in the field of biotechnology entail that the demand for bioinformatics competence is increasing, particularly in academic research and at hospitals, but also in government agencies and the private sector.


Biology Background

120 credits

Autumn 2018 - 100 % - Campus

Location: Uppsala

Application Deadline: 2018-01-15

Enrolment Code: UU-M1132 Application

Language of Instruction: English

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

  • 45 credits in biology with 30 hp in molecular biology, cell biology, evolution and/or genetics; and
  • 15 credits in mathematics/statistics.
Language requirements
All applicants need to verify English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden ("English 6"). This can be done in a number of ways, including through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous upper secondary (high school) or university studies.
The minimum test scores are:
  • IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
  • TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
  • Cambridge: CAE, CPE
More information about English language requirements

Selection: Students are selected based on:

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


If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.

Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 72500

Tuition fee, total: SEK 290000

Contact and further resources

Biology Education Centre

EBC, Norbyv 14 / BMC, A8:1

Norbyv 14, 752 36 UPPSALA/Box 592, 751 24 UPPSALA

Fax: 018-471 4687 Fax: 018-471 4689