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Bioinformatics - Master Programme

Master's programme · 2 years · 120 credits

Students in a bioinformatics lecture


Are you interested in interdisciplinarity and handling large amounts of research data? The Bioinformatics Master’s Programme offers extensive practical training in different programming tools. You will become a sought-after expert able to analyse medical and molecular biology research results, among other things. Your future knowledge is needed in both academia and the business world.

Research within medicine, biochemistry and biology generates massive amounts of biological data, which leads to high demand for individuals knowledgeable in bioinformatics. In the Master’s programme you will learn to use modern programming tools and methods to efficiently handle biological data. The subjects covered in the programme include biology, medicine, computer science and statistics. The Master’s programme brings together students with different educational backgrounds, which contributes to the interdisciplinary environment.

Teaching takes place on modern premises and in computer rooms with powerful computers and the latest software. You will learn to map genomes, compare expressions of messenger RNA and proteins, find harmful mutations, model what a protein looks like, describe the composition of a bacterial community and develop software for bioinformatic applications. You will also have the opportunity, in project format, to use your knowledge in an international research environment. You will practice both oral and written presentations and obtain ample experience in working in groups.

The Master’s programme has a high proportion of scheduled lessons, and the interaction with teaching staff and course assistants is relaxed. All of the teaching staff are researchers, and as a result the programme is continuously adapted based on cutting edge research. Bioinformatics is a key element of the research environments at both the Department of Biology and other departments at Lund University, above all at the Faculty of Medicine. Course exercises frequently originate from research projects being conducted at these departments. The language of instruction is English.

Programme structure

The first year begins with a course on the fundamentals of bioinformatics and sequence analysis, followed by a course on programming in Python. Thereafter you will complete courses on modelling and statistics. During the spring semester you will delve more deeply into DNA sequencing informatics and then conduct a research project or applied work in bioinformatics.

During the third semester you can start your degree project or do an additional project. The degree project is worth 30, 45 or 60 credits and is generally conducted in a research team, but it can also be conducted in cooperation with a public authority or a company. The Master’s programme offers the option of doing an internship, which can provide valuable contacts.

Career prospects

The programme prepares you for a future career within research and development as well as other advanced work in which bioinformatics plays a key role. The programme provides excellent opportunities for admission to third-cycle studies. As bioinformatic experts are in short supply, you can also work outside academia as a bioinformatician at research-intensive companies active within biotechnology and the life sciences or at companies involved in the computer industry.


Open for applications

Application opportunities

This programme is open for applications from 18 October to 17 January.

There is a preparation programme available for this Master's degree


Study advisor

Lotta Persmark

Phone: +46 46 222 37 28

Email: lotta [dot] persmark [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

Requirements and selection

Entry requirements

Bachelor’s degree of at least 180 credits in molecular biology, biomedicine, biology, bioinformatics, biotechnology, microbiology, biochemistry or the equivalent.

Proficiency in English equivalent to English 6/B from Swedish upper-secondary school.


Bachelor’s degree of at least 180 credits in computer science, mathematics or the equivalent.

Proficiency in English equivalent to English 6/B from Swedish upper-secondary school.

Selection criteria

Based on grades awarded for previous academic courses, as well as a statement of purpose for the application and qualifications from research/work of relevance to the study programme (from the applicant’s “Summary sheet”).

English language requirements

Most of Lund University’s programmes require English Level 6 (unless otherwise stated under 'Entry requirements'). This is the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90. There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency – check which proof is accepted at the University Admissions in Sweden website. All students must prove they meet English language requirements by the deadline, in order to be considered for admission.

How to prove your English proficiency –

Country-specific requirements

Check if there are any country-specific eligibility rules for you to study Master's studies or Bachelor's studies in Sweden.

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Start Autumn Semester 2022

Day-time Lund, full time 100%

In English

Study period

29 August 2022 - 2 June 2024


Last application date 2022-01-17

How to apply

Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods.

When to apply for studies

Step 1: Apply online

  • Check that you meet the entry requirements of the programme or course you are interested in (refer to the section above on this webpage).
  • Start your application – go to the University Admissions in Sweden website where you create an account and select programmes/courses during the application period.
    Visit the University Admissions in Sweden website
  • Rank your programme/course choices in order of preference and submit them before the application deadline.

Step 2: Submit documents

  • Read about how to document your eligibility and how to submit your documents at the University Admissions in Sweden website. Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies
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  • Get all your documents ready:
    - official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants)
    - official transcripts and degree certificate or proof of expected graduation (Master's applicants)
    - passport/ID (all applicants) and
    - proof of English proficiency (all applicants).
  • Prepare programme-specific documents if stated in the next paragraph on this webpage.
  • Upload or send all required documents to University Admissions before the document deadline.
  • Pay the application fee (if applicable – refer to the section below on this webpage) before the document deadline.

* Note that the process is different if you are applying as an exchange student or as a part of a cooperation programme (such as Erasmus+).
* If you have studied your entire Bachelor's programme in Sweden and all of your academic credits are in Ladok, you do not have to submit transcripts or your diploma when applying for a Master's programme. However, there may still be other documents you need to submit! See the link below. 

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Programme-specific documents

In addition to the documents mentioned under Step 2, you must also submit a Summary Sheet when you apply to this programme. Please use the form below.

Summary Sheet for the Master's in Bioinformatics (PDF, new window)

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Tuition fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 290 000

First payment: SEK 72 500

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Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.

Read more about tuition fees, payments and exemptions

EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Application fee

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at the University Admissions in Sweden website. You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

Paying your application fee –

Exemptions from paying the application fee –

*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or PhD students, regardless of their nationality.

Scholarships & funding

Lund University Global Scholarship programme

The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is a merit-based and selective scholarship targeted at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA.

Lund University Global Scholarship

Swedish Institute Scholarships

The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Bachelor's, Master's, PhD and post-doctoral levels.

Scholarship options at the Swedish Institute website

Country-specific scholarships and funding options

Lund University has agreements with scholarship organisations and funding bodies in different countries, which may allow applicants to apply for funding or scholarships in their home countries for their studies at Lund University.

External scholarships

Information about scholarships from external organisations