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Master of Science in Bioinformatics

University/Institute: Ghent University (UGent)
Location: Belgium - Ghent
Focus: Bioinformatics
Recommended Undergraduate Degrees: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Math/Statistics
Degree Offered: MS/MSc/MA/M.Eng (2 years)MS/MSc/MA/M.Eng (Major/Primary Degree)

Key characteristics of program:

The interfaculty Master of Science in Bioinformatics at Ghent University provides a curriculum of 120 ECTS, taught in English. Bioinformatics is inherently multidisciplinary, and requires not only learning skills/knowledge from domains different than those of the bachelor's degree, but also acquiring a more in-depth knowledge/training in the domain that corresponds to the students’ specific background and primary interest. The master is structured to provide both this broadening and deepening.

In a common track (33 ECTS) the master offers courses covering the different application domains of bioinformatics. This track, followed by all students irrespective of their background, primarily aims at educating the interdisciplinary competences that are of key importance to bioinformatics.

Depending on the specific background of the student (Bachelor in Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Bachelor in Bioscience Engineering or Bachelor of Computer Science Engineering/Bachelor in Informatics), this common track is complemented with one of the following specialization tracks (each of which is 87 ECTS):

- Bioscience Engineering (title of ‘Bioscience engineer’)
- Systems Biology
- Engineering (title of ‘Engineer’)

Program Goals:

For both the 'Bioscience Engineering' and ‘Systems Biology’ tracks students should be able to show their ability to select and evaluate the most appropriate state-of-the-art tools or algorithms in order to solve a particular bioinformatics problem. Students should have sufficient informatics/methodological skills to combine selected tools into pipelines. Whereas for the 'Bioscience Engineering' track the main focus is on demonstrating analytical skills and generic resolution ability with industrial/practical finality, for the 'Systems Biology' track, the emphasis is on identifying yet unsolved biological problems that can be answered by analyzing the wealth of omics data, potentially in combination with own wet-lab experiments. For the 'Engineering' track, students should be able to propose new algorithms and implementations that improve on the state-of-the-art or that anticipate on novel technological advances. This requires besides demonstrating thorough mathematical, statistical and computer science knowledge and skills also showing the ability to understand, based on a minimal level of basic knowledge, a particular biological problem in-depth.


Additional Information

Year Program Established: 2015
Scholarships/assistanceships may be available: Yes
Type of academic terms: Semester

Average number of applicants per year: 0
Average number of applicants accepted per year: 0
Average number of incoming students per year: 0
Average number of graduates per year: 0

Program URL: http://www.nucleotides2networks.be/master
Syllabus URL: http://www.ugent.be/en/education/coursecatalogue

Contact Person: Dr. Katrijn Vannerum ( Katrijn.Vannerum@UGent.be )

Last updated: Apr 14, 2015

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