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Joint programme

Bioinformatics and Systems Biology (joint degree UvA/VU)

Discover which biomolecules make the difference between health and disease. Are you interested in unravelling this by using machine learning, sequence analysis, computational models and/or systematic experiments? Then the joint degree Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Master at the University of Amsterdam and VU Amsterdam is the programme for you.

What is this programme about?

Systems biology has been recognised as a powerful approach to solve biological questions at various levels and to come to quantitative descriptions of biological behaviour, structure and evolution. Students and lecturers will tell you what to expect from this programme.

The study programme

The Bioinformatics and Systems Biology programme teaches you to combine molecular and cell biology, computer science and mathematical modelling to integrate vast amounts of biological data into a fundamental understanding of life at the molecular level. During the programme, you will develop skills in scientific research and a high level of abstraction and quantitative thinking. You will learn to apply and combine rapid developments in different research fields and obtain an interdisciplinary mind-set with many transferrable skills.

An excellent international reputation

Research groups with experience in a broad range of experimental and theoretical research

Great support throughout the programme

You will be assigned a mentor and a staff member will supervise your practical coursework and internships

You’ll be in high demand

It is likely you will already find a job before you graduate

You can choose between two specialisations

Choose between Bioinformatics or Systems Biology, or choose both

Meet the people

How to get to know this Master's programme better than via its students? Read the experiences from students and what they say about Bioinformatics and Systems Biology.

Copyright: Ima Natasari
The programme's flexibility and the accessibility of the staff for questions are some of the things that I really like here. Ina Natasari, student Bioinformatics and Systems Biology

After graduation

If you successfully complete the Bioinformatics and Systems Biology programme, you will be in high demand. It is likely you will already find a job before you graduate. And in that job, you will extensively use the skills you acquired during this programme.

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.

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Facts & Figures
Degree programme
MSc Bioinformatics and Systems Biology
Regular study programme
120 ECTS, 24 months
Language of instruction
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