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Advanced Bachelor of Bioinformatics

University/Institute: Howest, University of Applied Sciences (HOWEST)
Location: Belgium - Bruges
Focus: Bioinformatics
Recommended Undergraduate Degrees: None
Degree Offered: BS/BSc/BA/B.Eng (1 year)BS/BSc/BA/B.Eng (Major/Primary Degree)

Key characteristics of program:

Bioinformatics is a new and spectacular field that uses methods from informatics to store and process molecular biological information (DNA, proteins, functions). In bioinformatics, molecular biology is combined with informatics and programming. A bioinformatics scientist is capable of retrieving the necessary information from databases and of using these to make predictions. He will play an important role in the development of new medicines in the field of cancer, Alzheimer, …

* Informatics scientist/storage, organization and sharing of molecular biological data in database systems
* Bioinformatics scientist/data processing and analysis by means of bioinformatics’ tools in a dry lab
* Programmer/integration by scripting and automation of bioinformatics’ tools

Program Goals:

In the course of the bioinformatics training programme, 3 roles are covered, viz. the role of programmer, the role of informatics scientist and the role of bioinformatics scientist. You learn several programming languages like PHP, Python and R and you use the most relevant databases of which you learn to process and interpret the data. During the program there is a special emphasis on standard and essential tools, both in a Windows and in a Linux environment. During the traineeship (without bachelor test) a fourth role is addressed, the role of the New Young Professional, in which the more generic competences of a bachelor (such as team player, communicator …) are pursued.

As the training progresses, you are more and more familiar with the processing of complex biological data, like next generation sequencing data (NGS data) and you are able to apply these within a professional framework.

Additional Information

Year Program Established: 2007
Scholarships/assistanceships may be available: No
Type of academic terms: Quarter

Average number of applicants per year: 35
Average number of applicants accepted per year: 30
Average number of incoming students per year: 28
Average number of graduates per year: 25

Program URL: https://bioinformatictools.howest.be/programme.pdf

Contact Person: Mieke Demeyere ( mieke.demeyere@howest.be )

Last updated: Jan 15, 2020

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