MSc in Bioinformatics

Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen

Program Description

MSc in Bioinformatics

Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen

MSc in Bioinformatics

As a student of Bioinformatics you will learn to solve biological problems by means of mathematical and statistical calculation methods by use of a computer.

The programme is offered in English.

Bioinformatics is an extremely active, interdisciplinary field of research. Over the past five decades, biological research has revolutionised our understanding of life's molecular basis. Research has evolved from the 1940's discovery that genetic information is coded within DNA, until today, when the completed DNA sequences for a number of species  – including humans – are known.

These, as well as other important discoveries, have permanently changed the biological sciences. Not too long ago, genes were studied one at a time. Now, experimental technologies allow us the chance to investigate all of an organism's genes, as well as their levels of activity and complex interactions.

Bioinformatics is indispensable in the management and analysis of increasingly vast quantities of data generated by these experiments. The field aims to tackle biological hurdles using mathematical and statistical computational methods. Modern biological and medical research are virtually impossible without bioinformatics.

Profile and Career


You will learn the fundamentals of bioinformatics, which include sequence analysis, protein and RNA structural analysis, genomics, phylogenetics, analysis of high-throughput data, machine learning methods etc.

Only one third of the courses are compulsory, so you will have plenty of opportunity to specialise in your favourite topic through elective courses, small research projects and, of course, your thesis work.

Competence Description

  • You will learn to control situations at work and in developments that are complex, unpredictable and require new solutions
  • You will learn to individually initiate and complete collaborations and take professional responsibility
  • You will learn to find, extract, interpret and evaluate large dataset in complex biological processes
  • You will learn to individually take responsibility for your own scientific evolution and specialization

Career opportunities

Many MSc graduates in bioinformatics find employment in biotech companies. Try searching for bioinformatics on the Nature job site. Many of our graduates so far have continued on to a PhD programme.

Programme Structure

The MSc programme is a two-year programme equivalent to 120 ECTS credit points. Most of these (90 ECTS credit points) are obtained from courses and small projects. The final Master's thesis is 30 ECTS credit points, which corresponds to approximately six months of work. The MSc programme is taught in English. This means that lectures are in English, as well as your reports and exams.

There are three types of courses in the programme:

  • Core courses are mandatory bioinformatics courses that you are required to follow. They cover the fundamentals of bioinformatics and they take up half the time of the first year of study (30 ECTS credit points).
  • Specialised modules are either specialised courses in bioinformatics or projects (7.5 or 15 ECTS credit points) that can be carried out in groups or individually. Often a project is carried out as a prelude to the Master's thesis. A minimum of 22.5 ECTS credit points must be taken as Specialised modules.
  • Supplementary courses (in Danish: Redskabskurser) are courses on topics necessary to understand and work with bioinformatics, such as statistics. Students with a BSc in a discipline within biology would typically take courses on programming, while those from computer science would take courses on e.g. molecular biology. Supplementary courses are allowed up to a maximum of 37.5 ECTS credit points.

 When and how to apply

The application procedure for EU/EEA and Swiss Citizens

  • Make sure to check the admission requirements.
  • Contact SCIENCE Student Service if you have questions.
  • Prepare your relevant documentations (see checklist) - Language tests and certified diplomas can be forwarded through the online application portal up until study start.
  • From 1 February to 1 April you can send your application through THE ONLINE APPLICATION PORTAL
  • We must receive your application no later than 1 April (Fall Semester).
  • After 1 April application deadline, your application will be evaluated by an academic admissions committee.
  • You will receive a response no later than 15 June.
  • Study start 1 September 2014.

Application Procedure Non-EU/EEA Citizens

  • Make sure to check the programme admission requirements.
  • Contact SCIENCE Student Services if you have questions.
  • Prepare your relevant documentations (see checklist). Incomplete applications will not be processed.
  • From 15 November to 15 January you can send your application through THE ONLINE APPLICATION PORTAL
  • We must receive your application no later than 15 January (Fall Semester).
  • Your application is evaluated by an academic admission committee between 15 January and 15 March: All applicants offered admission will receive an invoice for tuition fees which must be paid by 15 April
  • If admitted, you will receive your letter of admission after we have received your tuition fee payment.
  • 1 May is the deadline for applying for your residence permit.

Checklist for Documentation

In order to make sure we have all the information needed to evaluate your past achievements and future potential, you are required to submit the following items:

  • An original or certified copy* of your academic transcript from your Bachelor degree. If the transcript is in a language other than English or a Scandinavian language, please include an official English translation.
  • A certified copy* of your Bachelor diploma. If you are yet to receive your diploma, please provide a letter from your university stating the date when the diploma will be issued.
  • Course descriptions of courses undertaken in your Bachelor degree relevant to the programme you are applying for. These can be in the form of photocopies from your university's academic handbook/course lists or print-outs from the university's website. They should describe what was required of you to complete the courses, what was studied and hours of study. These course descriptions allow us to understand exactly what you have studied in your prior degree, and help us to determine whether you meet the requirements and are eligible for the MSc degree at the Faculty of Science.
  • An updated version of your C.V. (curriculum vitae)/résumé A photo is not necessary.
  • A photocopy of your passport. Should you have more than one passport (citizenship) please copy the passport with which you will use to travel to Denmark. NB: You must use your EU/EEA passport should you wish to be given a tuition fee waiver.
  • Proof of English language proficiency (not applicable to native English speakers) 1) Acceptable TOEFL/IELTS exam results (these test results should be sent to us separately from the test centre upon your request) OR 2) Proof that English was the language of instruction in your prior education. See more information on the language requirements.

* An official certified copy is a copy of an original document that has been certified as a true and correct copy by a person who is authorised to witness a statutory declaration. Official certified copies are usually a photocopy of the original document stamped, signed and verified by an official in your country. Each country varies in whom is qualified to certify documents, however generally speaking your university, lawyers and embassies can certify documents for you, so that we can verify that what we have is a true replica of the original (and therefore determine if you are eligible for the MSc with us).

Please note that when you apply for admission through the digital application system, you are responsible for including and uploading all relevant documents listed in the application package as described above. If you do not have the necessary documentation at time of application you must instead upload an explanation. You can not continue the application process, if you fail to upload information when the application system requires it.

Please note that if you are admitted to an MSc programme at SCIENCE, you may be requested to present your original diploma and transcript at your arrival in Denmark. This will allow us to verify the documents.

If you have already applied digitally, you can always log on to the system and check up on the status of where in the application process your application currently is. Once your application is processed, you will also receive messages regarding your application through the online application system.

Application deadlines

  • EU/ EEA/Swiss applicants:   

1 April 2014 for admission 1 September 2014

  • Non EU/ EEA applicants:   

15 January 2014 for admission 1 September 2014

This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
2 years
Full time
Start date Sept. 2017
Denmark Copenhagen
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 2 years
Price - No tuition fee - EU/EEA