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Bioinformatics and Systems Biology (joint degree UvA/VU)

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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.

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What is this programme about?
Systems biology has been recognized 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.

Discover your Bioinformatics and Systems Biology 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. 

The Master’s is a two-year programme taught in English. The programme offers two thematic specialisations:

  • Bioinformatics 
  • Systems Biology 

The programme guarantees that, upon successful completion of the study, you can communicate effectively with your colleagues, irrespective of your focus on experimental or computational disciplines. You will get a basic introduction to molecular cell biology, biomathematics, biostatistics and programming.

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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.

Facts & Figures
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