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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

New Master in Bioinformatics at Ghent University

Recent technological advances allow for the generation of huge amounts of molecular data at an ever increasing pace and have dramatically changed our view on life science research. It goes without saying that this data avalanche, together with the need for multi-angle approaches to analyze these data, has created an urgent need for highly trained scientists with an interdisciplinary mindset. The new interfaculty Master of Science in Bioinformatics at Ghent University will start in the academic year 2015-2016 and aims to provide students with the necessary knowledge, skills and attitude to work in such interdisciplinary context.

This Master of Science in Bioinformatics provides a curriculum of 120 ECTS, taught in English. Bioinformatics is inherently multidisciplinary, and requires not only learning skills and knowledge from domains different than those of the bachelor\\\'s degree, but also acquiring a more in-depth knowledge and training in the domain that corresponds to the students' specific background and primary interest. The master is structured to provide both this broadening and deepening.

In a common track (33 ECTS) the master offers courses covering the different application domains of bioinformatics. This track, followed by all students irrespective of their background, primarily aims at educating the interdisciplinary competences that are of key importance to bioinformatics.

Depending on the specific background of the student, this common track is complemented with one of the following specialization tracks (each of which is 87 ECTS):

- Bioscience Engineering (title of 'Bioscience engineer')
- Systems Biology
- Engineering (title of 'Engineer')
URL: http://www.nucleotides2networks.be/master

Contact Person: Dr. Katrijn Vannerum (Katrijn.Vannerum@UGent.be)