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Subject : Bioinformatics (MSc)

Course Duration: 2 years
Course Period : September 2006 - July 2008
Tuition Fee : € 13,820 (composite fee) + € 1,815 (research fee)
Location: Wageningen, Netherlands

Researchers are now discovering the complexity of DNA regulatory systems that determine whether a group of functional genes is active or not. Many scientists in Wageningen are working on similar subjects in microbiology, biotechnology and in the plant and food sciences, and they are increasingly using bioinformatics as an aid to understand the mechanisms involved and as part of model building.

Bioinformatics was developed to cope with the output of genome sequencing projects, which have resulted in an ever-increasing amount of sequence data. Molecular biologists have started to use statistical methods that are capable of analysing these large amounts of biological data to predict gene functions and to demonstrate relationships between genes, proteins and metabolites. Bioinformatics is a new scientific discipline with roots in the computer sciences, statistics and molecular biology. In the near future, the incorporation of genetic, molecular, biochemical and cell biological data will require radically different methods for storing information. In addition, completely in silico predictions of cell behaviour are expected to be extended from single cell to multicellular organisms.

Graduates of this program will have:

  • a thorough understanding of molecular biology, bioinformatics and systems biology;
  • knowledge and skills in the computer sciences, statistics and molecular biology as applied to the analysis of biological data to predict gene functions and demonstrate the relationship between genes and proteins;
  • skills necessary to annotate genomes;
  • insight into the structure and functioning of genomes in prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms;
  • skills and knowledge of methodologies to develop new bioinformatics tools.
  • The programme focuses on the practical application of bioinformatics methods in many areas of the life sciences. It includes training in the fundamentals of database management, computer programming, structural and functional genomics, proteomics, array technology and systems biology. This initial training is combined with advanced courses in biology and molecular biology and advanced, elective courses. The programme also includes an internship at one of the centres for bioinformatics in Wageningen or elsewhere. Bioinformatics is provided jointly by several University departments and Plant Research International (PRI), a Wageningen UR research institute. Students benefit from the ultra-modern research facilities of PRI.

    Admission Requirements:
    in chemistry, biology, plant science, animal science, molecular science, food science, or related fields.
    TOEFL Score of 575 or IELTS 6.5