Master of Bioinformatics

KU Leuven
Program overview
2 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
English, Dutch

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About this program

Master of Bioinformatics

During this program you will learn how to formulate biologically relevant questions, how to design the correct solution and implement it by managing and analysing biological and sequencing data, and how to interpret the obtained results. Bioinformatics is essential to modern molecular biology and biotechnology.

Modern biology is characterized by the generation of large amounts of data. This includes genomic sequencing of patients, but also of plants, bacteria and viruses. Moreover, the technologies to generate such data are constantly evolving. During this training you will learn as a bioinformatician to formulate biologically relevant questions, to design and implement the right solution by managing and analyzing molecular biological and sequence data, and to interpret the results obtained. Bioinformatics is thus essential for modern molecular biology and biotechnology.

The program is aimed at students with a background in computer science or statistics who want to apply their knowledge to complex biological questions and to students in biochemistry or molecular biology who want to master data analysis, computer programming and machine learning . Top-level bioinformatics scientists train students through both theoretical lectures and hands-on computer training.

Admission requirements

Language requirements

All applicants who have not obtained a previous diploma in a program taught in English in Australia, English-speaking Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States of America must submit a certificate proving their proficiency in English.

All applicants need to meet the following language requirements:

  • IELTS Academic: minimum score of 7, with no subscores lower than 6.5
  • TOEFL iBT: minimum score of 94, with no subscores lower than 22
  • CAE/CPE: minimum score of 185, with no subscores lower than 176

For more information about admission requirements, Please visit the university website.

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Program content

Stage 1

Reorientation package Biology

  • Structure, Synthesis and Cellular Function of Macromolecules
  • Basics of Biological Chemistry
  • Basic Concepts of Cell Biology
  • Introduction to Genetics
  • Gene Technology

Reorientation package Statistics

Univariate Data and Modelling

Reorientation package Mathamatics

  • Linear Algebra
  • Calculus

Reorientation package Information Technology

  • Introduction to Programming
  • Principles of Database Management
  • Object Oriented Programming


  • Molecular Interactions: Theories and Methods
  • Structural Bioinformatics
  • Model Organisms


  • Dynamical Systems
  • Statistical Methods for Bioinformatics


  • Fundamentals of Bioinformatics
  • Omics Techniques and Data Analysis
  • Management of Large-Scale Omics Data


Master's Thesis Science

Bioscience Engineering

  • Biofluidics
  • Engineering

Stage 2


  • Machine Learning and Inductive Inference
  • Applied Multivariate Statistical Analysis
  • Support Vector Machines: Methods and Applications


  • Bayesian Modelling for Biological Data Analysis
  • Evolutionary and Quantitative Genetics
  • Comparative and Regulatory Genomics
  • Integrated Bioinformatics Project

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available, Please visit the university website for more information.

Program delivery

The courses taught in English and Dutch.


Please visit the university website for more information about tuition fees


Credits: 120 ECTS

Career paths

Bioinformaticians find careers in the life sciences domain in the broadest sense: industry, the academic world, health care, etc. The expanding need for bioinformatics in biological and medical research ensures a large variety of job opportunities in fundamental and applied research. 60% of our graduates start a PhD after graduation.

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3000 Leuven

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