For Who

If

  • you are fascinated in both engineering / mathematics as well as the biological aspects of science
  • you like problem solving through data analysis and data mining
  • you like to work in an interdisciplinary environment
  • you want to study fundamental biological processes through integration of modern sequencing techniques and mathematical models
  • you want to apply individual genome sequencing for personalized health care
  • you want to contribute to facilitate the use of modern molecular technologies in the industry and in the public sector

Then bioinformatics is for you!


Program overview

The Program

  • offers specialized tracks tuned towards the student’s specific interests and background (Systems Biology, Bioscience Engineering and Engineering track) that prepare you for different job profiles in the bioinformatics domain (respectively bioinformatics scientist and bioinformatics engineer),
  • offers theoretical deepening and data analyticalproblem solving skills,
  • is embedded in a strong bioinformatics and biotechnology research environment, located at the Faculty of Sciences, Medicine, Bioscience Engineering and Engineering and affiliated with VIB and IMEC.

Specialized tracks

Master of science in bioinformatics: Systems Biology

With a bachelor degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology or in Bioscience Engineering, you can decide to become a bioinformatics scientist/bioengineer. A bioinformatics scientists applies (bio)informatics tools and techniques to understand a biological system or to solve aninnovative research question. You are trained as a problem solver who can creatively and efficiently combine bioinformatics tools and algorithms to analyse, integrate and modeldata. Having the essential programming and data analysis skills requires a deepunderstanding of statistics, programming and data analytical techniques (appliedmathematics and informatics module of 21 credits). The applied bioinformatics module (33credits) will make you familiar with the basic data analytical methods (e.g. NGSanalysis), help you to acquire interdisciplinary skill sets and illustrate howtheoretical concepts of statistics and data mining are used to build bioinformaticstools.
The difference between the Bioscience Engineering and the Systems Biology track is thatthe former deepens the engineering skills (Bioscience Engineering track of 23 credits),whereas the Systems Biology track (30 credits) pays more attention to advanced (systems)biological knowledge. The master thesis corresponds to 30 credits and focuses on aresearch topic. Within your program, you have to opportunity to do an internship inorder to get familiar with the role and expectations of a bioinformatics scientist inthe industry or a governmental institution.

Master of science in bioinformatics: Bioscience Engineering

With a bachelor degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology or in Bioscience Engineering, you can decide to become a bioinformatics scientist/bioengineer. A bioinformatics scientists applies (bio)informatics tools and techniques to understand a biological system or to solve an innovative research question. You are trained as a problem solver who can creatively and efficiently combine bioinformatics tools and algorithms to analyse, integrate and model data. Having the essential programming and data analysis skills requires a deep understanding of statistics, programming and data analytical techniques (applied mathematics and informatics module of 21 credits). The applied bioinformatics module (33 credits) will make you familiar with the basic data analytical methods (e.g. NGS analysis), help you to acquire interdisciplinary skill sets and illustrate how theoretical concepts of statistics and data mining are used to build bioinformatics tools.
The difference between the Bioscience Engineering and the Systems Biology track is that the former deepens the engineering skills (Bioscience Engineering track of 23 credits), whereas the Systems Biology track (30 credits) pays more attention to advanced (systems) biological knowledge. The master thesis corresponds to 30 credits and focuses on a research topic. Within your program, you have to opportunity to do an internship in order to get familiar with the role and expectations of a bioinformatics scientist in the industry or a governmental institution.

Master of science in bioinformatics: Engineering

With a bachelor degree in Engineering or Computer Science, you have the optimal background to become a bioinformatics engineer.
As bioinformatics engineer, you are skilled in developing new algorithms and complex software implementations, primarily focusing on, but equally applicable outside the bioinformatics domain. You will follow a module of ‘biologically oriented’ courses (9 credits) that will provide you with the basic domain knowledge to understand a data-driven biological problem. However, the major part of your curriculum (engineering module of 42 credits) will focus on advanced engineering and computer science techniques that elaborate on an already advanced knowledge obtained during your bachelor. The applied bioinformatics module (33 credits) will make you familiar with the data specificities of the bioinformatics domain (preprocessing techniques, noise and potential biases, assumptions etc.) and allow you to acquire the essential interdisciplinary skill set that is needed to be successful in modern science and engineering. The master thesis corresponds to 30 credits and focuses on a research topic. Within your program, you have the opportunity to do an internship in order to become familiar with the role and expectations of a bioinformatics engineer in the industry or a governmental institution.


Detailed course plan

Program MSc in Bioinformatics