Bioinformatics (MBF) / MSc


Bioinformatics is a highly interdisciplinary rapidly developing branch of life science and aims to characterize the molecular components of living systems. It offers the research and developing tool for systems biology. Bioinformatics gains knowledge from large scale systematic analysis of biological data. These can consist of static information stored in the genetic code and of dynamic data obtained from experimental results from various sources and scientific literature. Bioinformatics uses techniques and concepts from informatics, statistics, mathematics and biochemistry and has many practical applications in different areas of biology and medicine.

Learning Outcomes

After succesful completion of this MSc programme graduates are expected to:
- be able to select, understand, apply and integrate the necessary skills in the basic and applied disciplines of bioinformatics;
- be able to enlarge the knowledge en skills in the field of bioinformatics;
- have theoretic knowledge in basic disciplines of bioinformatics;
- have knowledge and skills to store manage and use large scale biological information, particularly genetic information;
- have knowledge and skills in techniques and systematic methods to use large scale biological information to solve biological questions;
- have skills to determine and solve complex biological problems in teams in an integrated approach;
- have ability to function independently in a multi- and interdisciplinary research and development environment.

Programme Director

Dr S. Isken
Phone: 0317-(4)82241

Study Adviser(s)

- Dr P.J. Schaap
Phone: 0317-(4)85142

Programme Committee

Chair: Dr S. Isken
Secretary: M.W. Methorst


Study Association

Codon is the study association for Biotechnology
However, Bioinformatics students are also welcome
Membership Euro 10 per year
Studievereniging Codon
Forum, Droevendaalsesteeg 2, 6708 PB Wageningen
Internal Postal Code: 135