Bioinformatics and System Biology

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Why study Bioinformatics and Systems Biology at VU Amsterdam?
Vast amounts of data have been generated by genomics research over the years, enabling us to gain a deeper understanding of life. By understanding life’s complex molecular networks, we can improve our quality of life and conquer major diseases. The Master’s in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology at
VU Amsterdam provides the ideal gateway to this fascinating and challenging field.

Bioinformatics and Systems Biology are highly interdisciplinary fields. The programme combines molecular and cell biology, computer science and mathematical modelling to produce fundamental knowledge by integrating vast amounts of biological data. Bioinformatics is more data-oriented, while Systems Biology focuses more on the mechanism of molecular interactions. You will develop a strong feeling for scientific research and high levels of abstraction, and learn to combine the rapid developments in these fields. After an in-depth introduction to both disciplines, you can specialize in either Systems Biology or Bioinformatics. This high-quality Master of Science programme is a collaboration between VU Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam. The Bioinformatics programme has an excellent international reputation and is led by research groups with extensive experience in a broad range of practical applications and theoretical research.


Bioinformaticians convert genomics data into knowledge. To do so, they make integrated use of contributions mathematics, computer science, chemistry, medicine and biology. It is a highly multidisciplinary field encompassing a broad range of in-depth knowledge and skills. The Masters Programme is shared between VU Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam. With the resources of two excellent science faculties, it is a truly excellent programme.

The Master's programme in Bioinformatics has an excellent international reputation. It is led by research groups with extensive experience in a broad range of practical applications and theoretical research.

What`s Included

You can choose to complete your programme either with a more theoretical focus on the computational aspects of systems biology and on bioinformatics, or with a more experimental training relevant to systems biology. However, all students will be provided with a programme that guarantees cross-over to such an extent that the succesful student can communicate with his colleagues irrespective of his focus on experimental or computational disciplines.

All students will get a basic introduction to biomathematics, biostatistics and programming. Aside from this, there are two tracks to choose from: Bioinformatics or Systems Biology, each with its own focus.

Degree Course

Business, Computer Science / IT, Mathematics, Natural Sciences

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VU Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Netherlands: VU Amsterdam
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Academic Year
Degree Level:
Masters Degree
€2.006 for EEA; €13.400 for non-EEA

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