Uppsala university is an excellent choice for studies in the new and
exciting field of bioinformatics.
The Master Programme in Bioinformatics offers advanced courses in bioinformatics where theory and practice from several scientific fields such as mathematics, computer sciences and biology are interwoven.
The Master Programme in Bioinformatics is designed for those who wish to focus on the exciting interdisciplinary field of bioinformatics, which combines computer sciences, mathematics and biology.
Uppsala University possesses exceptional competence in bio- informatics and computer sciences. The tools used and developed are central elements in many areas of research, such as studying the function of human hereditary characteristics or developing new types of pharmaceuticals.
Through our expert tutors, you will obtain a broad contact network, enabling you to establish links with potential future employers during the programme, for instance, doing research at a university or hospital or with a biotech company. During the programme, you will meet researchers who pursue advances within each respective field, and there will be considerable opportunities where you yourself can contribute to the rapid development of bioinformatics.
You may gain hands-on experience in a research group and be able to further develop a programme for analysis of new pharma-ceutical candidates, or produce a programme module for analysis of suitable target molecules for a diagnostic tool.
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, mole- cule structures, gene expression data and 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.
The Master Programme in Bioinformatics will provide you with theoretical and practical knowledge within molecular biology, data management and programming, as well as bioinformatic applications within these fields.
Through courses designed as projects, you will also learn how to to plan, execute and finalize projects. The programme is based on experience gained from the graduate engineering programmes in molecular biotechnology and bioinformatics, which have acquired an excellent reputation both in Sweden and abroad.
The first year contains the same courses for all students on the programme. The introductory course consists of several comp- onents that introduce important concepts and methods within bioinformatics, followed by courses such as genome biology, software technology, molecular evolution and phylogeny analysis.
In the second year, you will specialize within a bioinformatics field that interests you. For example, laboratory information manage- ment systems (LIMS), 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 institutions at the university.
The programme leads to a Master of Science (120 credits), with Bioinformatics as the main field of study.
Instruction is composed of lectures, group exercises, laboratory work, seminars, your own project work and field trips. Instruction
is directly related to current research, and our tutors are active researchers with substantial specialist knowledge.
Through guest lecturers, our close contacts with the biotech industry, and various projects, you will also meet people with experience from bioinformatic development work outside the university.
Alumni (graduate bioinformaticians) who work in different bioinformatic 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 may also get 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 repres-entatives provides the programme’s students 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 degree in bioinformatics from Uppsala University will provide you with an internationally recognized education that opens doors to both academic research and a career in industry, in Sweden and
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 Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control are also pursuing exciting developments in the field of bioinformatics.
The labour market is strongly 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 bioinformatic competence is increasing, particularly in academic research, but also in government agencies and the private sector.
Depending on your chosen specialization in the second year, you may work with research and development in:
››biotech companies, as well as
››software companies with specialization in bioinformatic applications.
Autumn 2012 100%
Location for Studies: Uppsala
Application Deadline: 2012-01-16
Enrolment Code: UU-P1132 Application
Language of Instruction: English
A bachelor degree, equivalent to a Swedish degree of at least 180 credits (i.e. three years of full-time studies), in any of the natural sciences, computer science, engineering, mathematics,
pharmacy or medicine.
››Knowledge of mathematics (e.g. algebra, analysis, differential equations and mathematical
statistics) corresponding to approximately 20 weeks of full-time study
››Knowledge of computer science and scientific computing (e.g. numerical analysis, algorithms, data structures and programming) corresponding to approximately 20 weeks of full-time study.
››All applicants need to verify English language proficiency. This is normally attested by means of
an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, see link: entrance requirements
Selection: Selection will be based on previous academic studies and degrees with emphasis on grades in relevant fields, summary in English (12 pages) of degree project (if any), and statement of intent.
Application and tuition fees are required for students outside the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland. Formal exchange students and doctoral students will be exempted from tuition fees, as well as the application fee. Read more about fees.
Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 67500
Tuition fee, total: SEK 270000
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What is it like to study in Uppsala? Meet one our students.Read the interview
Name: Fan Han
Home country: China
2010-present pursuing a master's degree in Bioinformatics at Uppsala University 2008-present pursuing a master's degree in Molecular Biology at Southwest Jiaotong University
2004-2008 Achieved a Bachelor's degree in Bioinformatics at Southwest Jiaotong University
Why did you choose Uppsala?
Because Uppsala university is the most historical university in Scandinavia, and ranked top in biological field. Before I came here, I had a lab colleague who was studying in Uppsala University and she recommanded this program to me.
Do you remember your first impression with Uppsala? Please tell!
When the first time I was in Uppsala, I was absorbed in the historical atmosphere. Magnificent cathedral, grand castle and old church greatly impressed me. I fell in love with this place at my first sight.
What’s typical about your education? Seminaries, excursions, labs i.e.?
Computer lab is a good path to combine the theory with practice. It not only enhances my understanding of the lectures, but also convert the theroy in my mind into practical issues. Furthermore, it makes me feel convinced when I validate the algorithm or methods with specific dataset.
What do you want to do when you have finished your degree?
I want to continue my study if there is an oppotunity, because I am really interested in this field. With the development of next generation quencing technique, a large number of data requires new bioinformatic methods to handle and analyse rather than the traditional ways.
Where do you want to work?
I want to work in european countries, because most of the excellent researchers concentrate there as well as the advanced techniques, where construct a well academic atmosphere.
Have you participated in the nation life? Please tell how and why!
I didn't, but I will in this autumn. Now I have gotten more familar with the place, weather and local people here, and some of my friends are already in the nation. I will join them in the next term. Because I like to spend time with my friends. It is an important part of my social life.
Do you participate in any other student activities? Please tell us more!
I participated culture night, Walpurgis Eve. Everyone gathered in the street and celebrated, it was so spectacular. Through these activities, I made many friends with different cultural backgrounds.
What is your best memory (so far) from your student life in Uppsala?
The best memory was to welcome the sunshine of the spring. Instead of the gray and white in winter, spring brought fresh colours. Chatting and having beer with friends in the grass along the river is the most wonderful thing. And of course, BBQ is also indispensable.
Best place to be a Friday night?
Along Fyris River or in the nation.
Where do you like to study?
Best tips to get literature?
Searching it in Uppsala University Libray or in LIBRIS.
Favourite coffee house?
Uppsala’s best student tradition?