Master's Programme in Bioinformatics – Computer Science Background
If you have a computer science background and wish to focus on the exciting interdisciplinary field of bioinformatics, combining computer science, mathematics and biology, then the Master's Programme in Bioinformatics is designed for you. The knowledge you will acquire during this programme is central to many areas of research, such as studying genetic diseases in humans, building the tree of life or developing new types of pharmaceuticals.
Autumn 2023 Autumn 2023, Uppsala, 100%, On-campus, English
- Pace of study
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- Start date
- 28 August 2023
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- Entry requirements
A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
Also required is:
- 30 credits in mathematics; and
- 30 credits in computer science including 5 credits in database design.
Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6. This requirement can be met either by achieving the required score on an internationally recognised test, or by previous upper secondary or university studies in some countries. Detailed instructions on how to provide evidence of your English proficiency are available at universityadmissions.se.
Students are selected based on an overall appraisal of previous university studies and a statement of purpose.
Tuition fee-paying students and non-paying students are admitted on the same grounds but in different selection groups.
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.
- Application fee: SEK 900
- First tuition fee instalment: SEK 72,500
- Total tuition fee: SEK 290,000
- Application deadline
- 16 January 2023
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- Additional information
In addition to the general supporting documents, you also need to submit one programme-specific document: an Application Summary Sheet Pdf, 198 kB. (including your Statement of Purpose).
Check the application guide for information on how to apply and what other supporting documents you need to submit.
In several fields, such as biomedicine and evolutionary biology, modern methods are used to generate large amounts of data, including DNA, RNA and protein sequences, molecule structures and gene expression data. Transforming these large amounts of data into applicable information and being able to draw relevant conclusions requires proper data management and analysis tools. The bioinformatician possesses the skills to both use and develop such tools.
This entry specialisation into the programme is suitable if you have a background in computer science. Another specialisation entry of the programme is open for applicants with a biology background.
During the programme, you will meet researchers working towards advancing knowledge within each respective field. There will be considerable opportunities for you to contribute to the rapid development of bioinformatics. You will gain hands-on experience in research groups, where you for example might develop a programme for analysis of new pharmaceutical candidates or analyse large-scale sequence data from complex environments, populations or human cancers.
Through our expert teachers, you will obtain a broad network, which will enable you to establish links with potential future employers. For instance, after the programme you may conduct research at a university, work with clinical applications at a hospital or work with industrial applications at a biotech company.
During the programme you can expect to:
- contribute to the rapid development of bioinformatics
- gain hands-on experience in a research group or a company
- obtain a broad network and establish links with potential future employers.
You are probably coming more or less directly from Bachelor's studies that included a good number of courses in computer science and mathematics. Ideally, you have some training in applying your skills practically and not only theoretical knowledge.
You have a naturally analytical attitude and are able and willing to express your thoughts in both writing and speaking. English is surely not a problem for you and you understand that working in this field also means communicating with, and presenting to, specialists in other subjects.
A PhD education is a distinct possibility in your future so you would value coming into contact with current research and prominent researchers in the field.
The programme leads to the degree of Master of Science (120 credits) with Bioinformatics as the main field of study. After one year of study, it is possible to obtain a degree of Master of Science (60 credits).
The Master's 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.
You will take some courses together with students in the Master's Programme in Molecular Biotechnology Engineering, specialising in Bioinformatics.
In the first semester, students with a computer science background will take the course Introduction to molecular biology, genetics and evolution. At the same 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 includes courses such as Genome Analysis, Molecular Evolution, Knowledge-Based Systems in Bioinformatics, Statistical Inference for Technological Applications and Big Data in Life Sciences.
During the second year, you will take more specialised courses in bioinformatics, for example, Phylogenetic analysis, Proteomics and MetabolomicsProteomics and Metabolomics, Applied Bioinformatics and Population Genomic Analysis. You can also individualise your studies by doing project work or research training.
The second year finishes with a degree project carried out at a company, government agency, or one of our research departments at the University.
Courses within the programme
See the programme outline for courses within the programme.
The teaching is composed of lectures, group exercises, computer exercises, seminars and your own project work. For the group exercises, you will need to complete them together with your classmates outside the classroom. This way, you learn from each other and you train to be a team player. In a seminar, you present your ideas and discuss with your classmates a course book or other study material that you are required to read before the seminar; while the teacher usually only moderates the discussion. The aim is to develop critical thinking and collaborative skills. All the students are expected to be active participants in all forms of discussions.
The course content is directly linked to current research, and our teachers are active researchers with substantial specialist knowledge. Through guest lecturers, you will meet people with experience in bioinformatics development work.
Our graduates, who now 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 get suggestions about important courses or useful software tools, as well as information about especially creative research environments. The contact network you get will provide you with the opportunity to form relationships with future employers during the programme.
The programme is given in Uppsala and the language of instruction is English.
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 Food Agency 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.
You may work with research and development at research laboratories, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, biotech companies, or software companies with specialisation in bioinformatics applications.
The job market is international since methods and problems are similar in all parts of the world. Our research departments have cooperation agreements worldwide, and their contact networks will be a valuable resource for you. Rapid developments in the field 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.
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.
During your time as a student, UU Careers offers support and guidance. You have the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities and events that will prepare you for your future career.
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