Both Bioinformatics and Systems Biology are strongly interdisciplinary fields. This Master's programme combines molecular and cell biology, computer science and mathematical modelling to integrate vast amounts of biological data into fundamental knowledge. You will develop a strong feel for scientific research and high levels of abstraction, and learn to combine the rapid developments in these fields.
Discovering the simplicity of life
Vast amounts of data have been collected through genomics initiatives. They provide a golden opportunity to research the secrets of life, to understand more of its complexities, to improve quality of life and to conquer major diseases. Converting this huge volume of data into real understanding is the basic challenge of Bioinformatics research.
High-throughput methods like massively parallel sequencing and mass spectrometry generate more raw data than conventional computer models can handle efficiently. To process and analyse this data, computational techniques from Bioinformatics – such as sequence alignment, sequence assembly, biostatistics and machine learning – are required in order to make predictions about health outcome and to decide on a personalised treatment for the patient.
Joint degree programme with VU Amsterdam
Bioinformatics and Systems Biology is a joint degree programme of the University of Amsterdam and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Courses are taught at locations of both universities. UvA and VU jointly issue a degree certificate to graduates. As a Bioinformatics and Systems Biology student in Amsterdam you benefit from expertise, networks and research projects at both universities and affiliated research institutes.
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 successful 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.
Master's in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology
Our graduates are in great demand. By now, systems biology has been recognised both by academia and industry as an essential approach to many, if not all, biological questions and applications related to the living cell. Expertise in biochemistry, molecular and cell biology, computing and bioinformatics is highly valued. And an educational training that integrates these disciplines, such as the Systems Biology Master's programme, results in excellent career perspectives.
The majority of Systems Biology Master’s students go on to take up research positions (usually leading to a PhD) at universities, scientific institutes, hospitals, or companies.
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Last updated October 9, 2018