If you have a biology 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 tools and knowledge you acquire are central elements in many areas of research, such as studying genetic diseases in humans, building the tree of life or developing new types of pharmaceuticals.
WHY THIS PROGRAMME?
In a number of fields, such as biomedicine and evolutionary biology, modern methods are used that generate large amounts of data, including DNA, RNA and protein sequences, molecule structures and gene expression data. Transforming these large amount 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.
Note: This entry into of the programme is suitable if you have a background in biology. Another entry into of the programme is open for applicants with a computer science background.
In the Master’s Programme in Bioinformatics, theory and practice from various fields of science such as mathematics, computer science and biology are combined. You will meet researchers working towards advancing the knowledge 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 research groups where you could further develop a programme for analysis of new pharmaceutical candidates, analyse large scale sequence data from complex environments, populations and human cancers or produce a programme module for analysis of suitable target molecules for a diagnostic tool.
During the programme you can expect to:
- contribute to the rapid development of bioinformatics
- gain hands-on experience in a research group
- obtain a broad network and establish links with potential future employers
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.
You are probably coming more or less directly from a Bachelor’s programme that included a good amount of courses in Biology and Mathematics. Ideally, you have some training in applying your skills practically and not just 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 no problem for you and you understand that working in this field also means communicating with, and presenting for, 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.
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The programme leads to a Master of Science (120 credits) with Bioinformatics as the main field of study.
Language of Instruction: English
A Bachelor’s degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
Also required is:
- 45 credits in biology including 30 credits in molecular biology, cell biology, evolution or genetics; and
- 15 credits in mathematics or statistics.
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
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
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