Program


Course overview

Degree: Master of Science in Bioinformatics: Bioscience Engineering

The 'Bioscience Engineering’ track is open to students with a training in molecular biology and with strong interest in the process engineering aspects of the broader domain of Industrial Biotechnology (Bachelor of Science in Bioscience Engineering (cell and gene biotechnology), Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Biotechnology). The track focuses on the application, combination and integration of existing (bio)-informatics tools and techniques to solve complex problems with industrial/practical finality. Besides the mathematically oriented bioinformatics courses (‘Applied Mathematics and Informatics' module, 21 ECTS), the ‘Bioscience Engineering’ module offers more specialized process engineering or molecular biology courses to students with respectively a background in Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Biotechnology or a Bachelor of Bioscience Engineering as well as specialized engineering courses for all students (31 ECTS). In this track, students will obtain the title of ‘bioscience engineer’.

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Degree: Master of Science in Bioinformatics: Systems Biology

The ‘Systems Biology’ track is open to students with a background in molecular biology (Bachelor of Science in Bioscience Engineering (cell and gene biotechnology), Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Biotechnology or equivalent). Students following this track should be able to define their own research problems in the broader domain of biology and solve these by combining the appropriate ‘omics’ technologies/data with the proper state-of-the-art bioinformatics tools. Besides the more mathematically oriented bioinformatics courses (‘Applied Mathematics and Informatics', 21 ECTS), specialized molecular biology courses and biotech courses are part of the curriculum (‘Systems Biology’ module, 30 ECTS). The track focuses on training students that are well equipped for a job in an R&D environment.

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Degree: Master of Science in Bioinformatics: Engineering

The 'Engineering' track is open to students with a background in computer science engineering or informatics (Bachelor of Science in Computer Science Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Informatics) interested in applying their mathematical and analytical skills to computational biological problems. The track aims at educating students capable of developing novel algorithms and implementation that improve upon existing bioinformatics tools or that can tackle yet unsolved problems. This requires having basic biological knowledge (Biology Module (9 ECTS)), but importantly also a deep understanding of mathematics, engineering and software design principles (‘Engineering module’, 42 ECTS). The ‘Engineering module’ consists of a number of compulsory courses with a strong link to the bioinformatics application domain (24 ECTS), supplemented by a number of elective courses taken from engineering-oriented courses within the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (18 ECTS). In this track, students will obtain the title of ‘engineer’.

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In each track, university-wide elective courses can be chosen. These can include societal subjects.

The master's thesis (30 ECTS), compulsory for all students, is intended to acquire generic skills (teamwork, planning, communication, presentation skills, technical programming skills and scientific attitudes), but also to refine the specialization-specific competences. For both the 'Bioscience Engineering' and ‘Systems Biology’ tracks students should show their ability to select and evaluate the most appropriate state-of-the-art tools or algorithms in order to solve a particular bioinformatics problem. Students should have sufficient informatics/methodological skills to combine selected tools into pipelines. Whereas for the 'Bioscience Engineering' track the main focus is on demonstrating analytical skills and generic resolution ability with practical objectives, for the 'Systems Biology' track, the emphasis is on identifying yet unsolved biological problems that can be answered by analyzing the wealth of omics data, potentially in combination with own wet-lab experiments. For the 'Engineering' track, students should propose new algorithms and implementations that improve on the state-of-the-art or that anticipate on novel technological advances. This requires besides demonstrating thorough mathematical, statistical and computer science knowledge and skills also showing the ability to understand, based on a minimal level of basic knowledge, a particular biological problem in-depth.

The master's thesis can be performed within every UGent research group with bioinformatics-based research. A (co)supervisor from the faculty providing the majority of courses of the specialization is required. Topics are to be evaluated and approved by the interdepartmental program committee on the basis of objective and transparent guidelines to ensure appropriate guidance consistent with the program-specific learning outcomes (OLRs) of the specialization. If appropriate, the training committee may appoint an interested co-promoter a) of the Master of Science in Bioinformatics' course or b) with a clear bioinformatics research line.

Model trajectory overview

model trajectory Bioscience Engineering
model trajectory Systems Biology
model trajectory Engineering

Courses overview and details

Bioscience Engineering track course catalogue
Systems Biology track course catalogue
Engineering track course catalogue