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Advanced Bachelors of Bioinformatics

Howest University of Applied Sciences
Program overview
2 years
Part time
Bachelor's degree
Start dates
September 2022

September 2022

Program description

Advanced Bachelors of Bioinformatics

Bioinformatics is a new and spectacular field, which uses methods from informatics to store and process molecular biological information (DNA, proteins, functions). In bioinformatics, molecular biology is combined with informatics and programming. A bioinformatics scientist is capable of retrieving the necessary information from databases and of using these to make predictions. He will play an important role in the development of new medicines in the field of cancer, Alzheimer etc.

At the end of the programme you will be familiar with the processing of complex biological data, like next generation sequencing data (NGS data) and you will be able to apply these within a professional framework.

Admission requirements

  • EThose with a diploma demonstrating that knowledge of molecular biology is present on a bachelor's level (e.g. Biomedical Laboratory Science, Agro and Biotechnology, Chemistry with biochemistry ...) can join this advanced bachelor's training. Also relevant Master's degrees (Industrial Chemical Engineer with biochemistry, Bio-engineer in cell and gene biotechnology, Master degree in biotechnology ...) are eligible.
  • Enrolment via a credit contract is possible if the previous condition is not met.
  • Students comming from secondary school with an interest in bioinformatics must first obtain their Bachelor's degree (e.g. in Biomedical Labaratory Sciences); after which this advanced bachelor training can be started.
  • International students are permited to register for the program. 
  • In addition to the copy of the legalised and translated diploma, you will need to provide English language Proficiency Certificate (minimum CEF B2 level).

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Program content

1st semester 

Period A

  • Web technologies (programmer)
  • Linux operating systems (informatics scientist)
  • Comparative genomic analysis (bioinformatics scientist)

Period b

  • Data analysis, visualization and biostatistics using R (programmer)
  • Databases and data management (informatics scientist)
  • Structural bioinformatics (bioinformatics scientist)

2 semester 

Period C

  • Scripting (programmer)
  • Data mining (informatics scientist)
  • High throughput analysis (bioinformatics scientist)
  • Systems biology (bioinformatics scientist)

Period d

  • Traineeship in Belgium or abroad

The bioinformatics programme is being offered over two academic years thorugh distance learning. During the first academic year, the course units from first semester  are  taught sequentially. Each course unit is finalised with an exam, before the next one starts. During the second academic year, the course units of the second semester are offered using the same system

Program delivery

Full-time on campus training

The programme takes one academic year to complete and uses a quad-semester system. In this system, there are four blocks of six (or eight) weeks. In each block, three or four modules are taught, athere is an assessment period after each block. To complete the programme, the work placement/traineeship subject is presented to a jury from the sector.

Advanced Bachelors Degree in Bioinformatics @Home

The curriculum for the advanced bachelor's programme through distance learning is the same as in the full-time on campus programme, but is built up differently and spread over two academic years. Per module, three contact moments and an exam are planned. 

The subject matter is mainly processed via self-study, in combination with coaching/exercises/questions during the contact moments online. The work placement is preferably done with the employer. The work placement subject is determined in agreement with Howest.

The advanced bachelor's @home programme starts every two years. The next training starts in the academic year 2022-2023.

Tuition fees

For more information regarding tuition fees, please visit the university's website.


Day programme: 60 credits

@Home programme: 30 credits/year

Career opportunities

  • Informatics scientist/ storage, organisation and sharing of molecular biological data in database systems
  • Bioinformatics scientist/ data processing and analysis by means of bioinformatics’ tools in a dry lab
  • Programmer/ integration by scripting and automation of bioinformatics’ tools

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