Bioinformatics is a fusion of biology, statistics and computer science that focuses on the development and application of computational solutions for analysing and handling biological and biomedical data. The field of bioinformatics plays a key role in modern biology and biomedicine, where collecting and analysing large data sets is essential. To address the challenges of big data in modern biology and biomedicine, a bioinformatician must combine practical and theoretical skills in statistical modelling, data analysis, and computer programming with a deep knowledge of biology and biomedicine – a network of competencies that students will acquire through the two-year MSc in Bioinformatics programme at Aarhus University.
Biology, data analysis, and computer programming
The MSc in Bioinformatics programme is open to all students with a BSc degree in the natural, technical or health sciences with a significant content of mathematical, biological, and/or computational subjects, such as a BSc degree in bioinformatics, biology, molecular biology, molecular medicine, mathematics, statistics or computer science. Students on the programme will be exposed to the many topics in bioinformatics through lectures, projects and exercise sessions; they will specialise in a bioinformatics subject during their thesis work, while also acquiring general competencies in data analysis and computer programming.
Central classes are Computational Thinking in Bioinformatics, Algorithms in Bioinformatics, Genome-Scale Algorithms, Advanced Programming in Bioinformatics, Tree of Life, Population Genomics, Advanced Topics in Genomics, Next-Generation Sequencing, Data Science in Bioinformatics, and Statistical and Machine Learning in Bioinformatics, and Statistical Methods in Bioinformatics. Together these classes cover core topics of bioinformatics, building upon biology, statistics and computer science.
The following Bachelor’s degrees qualify students for admission to the Master’s degree programme in Bioinformatics:
- A Bachelor of Science degree in Bioinformatics, Computer Science, IT, Mathematics, Statistics, Biology, Molecular Biology, Molecular Medicine, Agrobiology, Chemistry, Medical Chemistry or Nano Science from a Danish University.
- A Bachelor of Science degree in Physics with additional courses (20 ECTS) within Computer Science, or Cognitive Science with additional courses (20 ECTS) within Biology or Molecular Biology from Aarhus University.
The following other degrees may provide admission to the Master’s degree programme in Bioinformatics:
- A Bachelor’s degree containing elements within Mathematics, Probability Theory, and Statistics amounting to at least 20 ECTS, and in addition to that containing elements within either Programming and Algorithmics, or Molecular Biology and Genetics, amounting to at least 20 ECTS, can qualify the student for admission, provided that the it also contains an additional 60 ECTS within one of the mentioned topics.
- Other qualifications can provide admission to the Master’s degree programme, provided the university assesses that their level, extent and content correspond to the degrees mentioned above.
Upon admission further requirements regarding composition of the degree programme may be stipulated.
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