Bioinformatics and Systems Biology (Master Degree)

the Netherlands

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The award
Master Degree

How long you will study
2 Years

Domestic course fees
EUR 2143 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
EUR 15110 per year

All study options

About Bioinformatics and Systems Biology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

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 Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Master at VU Amsterdam is the programme for you.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMaster DegreeHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study2 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2143 per yearInternational course feesEUR 15110 per year

Entry requirements

For admission to the Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Master's programme it is required to hold at least a Bachelor's degree from an accredited research university, with at least three full years of academic study amounting to a minimum of 180 ECTS or equivalent. The programme is aimed at science bachelor graduates (chemistry, biology, biotechnology, biomedical sciences, artificial intelligence, computer science, mathematics, physics or similar) with a strong interest in biological research topics and computational (quantitative) methods. The master requires proficiency in three key subjects: Mathematics, Programming, and (Molecular) Biology. If you have had prior training in all three key subjects you are directly admissible, if in two of the three key subjects, your GPA should be at least 6.5 on the Dutch 10 point scale (the VU international office will translate your grades to this scale); if only in one key subject, your GPA needs to be at least 7.0. In all other cases, you will be directed to our pre-master programme, which depending on your prior training and background, consists of a selection of the courses that are listed below.

For your admission you are requested to provide:

  • Your Curriculum Vitae
  • A motivation letter of at most one A4. This letter should contain one paragraph on why you would like to enrol into this programme. Most importantly, for each of the three key subjects Mathematics, Programming and Molecular Biology state your proficiency and what you worked on during the MSc. Please clearly indicate which courses, programs or other activities prove sufficient training and background in these subjects.
  • An official transcript of your academic grades, including your GPA.
  • Proof of English proficiency (can also be provided after conditional admission).
  • Thesis (or alternative piece of academic writing)
  • A description of the relevant courses followed and literature used during your previous higher education

General English language proficiency requirements

VU Amsterdam requires all applicants to take an English test. You can, however, begin your application without having the test results. Exceptions are made for students who have completed a bachelor or master in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia.

The minimum English language proficiency requirements for admission to this master programme are:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall
  • TOEFL Internet-based test: 92 overall
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): A, B, C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): A, B, C

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