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Bioinformatics and Systems Biology (joint degree UvA/VU)

Both Bioinformatics and Systems Biology are strongly interdisciplinary fields. This Master's programme combines molecular and cell biology, computer science and mathematical modelling to integrate vast amounts of biological data into fundamental knowledge. You will develop a strong feel for scientific research and high levels of abstraction, and learn to combine the rapid developments in these fields.

Discovering the simplicity of life

Vast amounts of data have been collected through genomics initiatives. They provide a golden opportunity to research the secrets of life, to understand more of its complexities, to improve quality of life and to conquer major diseases. Converting this huge volume of data into real understanding is the basic challenge of Bioinformatics research. 

High-throughput methods like massively parallel sequencing and mass spectrometry generate more raw data than conventional computer models can handle efficiently. To process and analyse this data, computational techniques from Bioinformatics – such as sequence alignment, sequence assembly, biostatistics and machine learning – are required in order to make predictions about health outcome and to decide on a personalised treatment for the patient. 

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Joint degree programme with VU Amsterdam

Bioinformatics and Systems Biology is a joint degree programme of the University of Amsterdam and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Courses are taught at locations of both universities. UvA and VU jointly issue a degree certificate to graduates. As a Bioinformatics and Systems Biology student in Amsterdam you benefit from expertise, networks and research projects at both universities and affiliated research institutes.

Bioinformatics and Systems Biology (joint degree UvA/VU)
Degree programme MSc Bioinformatics and Systems Biology
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time
Credits 120 ECTS, 24 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 65020