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What will I learn?

The Bioinformatics master's specialisation integrates concepts and methods from both mathematics and computer science with (molecular) biology and biochemistry.

What does this master’s programme entail?

This specialisation focuses on research, development and application of computational tools and approaches for expanding the use of biological, medical, behavioral and health data. This includes many aspects from acquiring to analyzing and to visualizing data. The specialisation also deals with the development and application of data-analytical and theoretical methods, mathematical modelling and computational simulation techniques to the study of biological, behavioural, and social systems.

Why study Bioinformatics at Leiden University?

  • The main focus is on Data Analysis and Modeling, which represents the unique expertise of the different research groups of Leiden University.
  • The strength of the programme is the individual approach: an individually tailored programme will be designed for each student.
  • The programme provides you with a thorough computer science background that will allow you to pursue careers in research or industrial environments.

Bioinformatics: the right master’s programme for you?

Do you want to contribute to the identification of new fundamental computer science principles and the development of new informatics tools? Do you like to address issues such as data capturing, data warehousing, data analysis and data mining within a marriage of disciplines? Then the master’s specialisation in Bioinformatics is the right choice.

Career prospects

With an MSc in Computer Science you are well prepared for broad array of career prospects in research or industry. The master’s degree is an excellent stepping stone for pursuing a PhD degree.

With a Leiden degree in Computer Science you will have cultivated an analytical mind and a problem-solving attitude. Based on these qualities, you enjoy a wide variety of career opportunities, in research as well in commercial or industrial environments.


Your job perspectives with a master's degree in Computer Science are excellent and diverse. They range from software engineer to product manager, from researcher to IT-manager, and from engineering to financial applications, from business intelligence specialist to service manager or consultant. And the demand is constantly growing. With this education, 96.9% of all graduates have a full-time job, and they find a job within an average time of 1.3 months.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science

Study options

Full Time (2 Years)

Tuition fees
€18,016.00 (14,55,250) per year
Application deadline

Expected October 2022

More details

Start date

Expected September 2022


Leiden University

Rapenburg 70,



2311, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants need a BA or BSc degree (or equivalent) to be admitted to any of Leiden University’s master’s programmes. English-language proficiency: IELTS - 6.0; Toefl (internet based): 80 (component score: 20); Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE), or C1 Advanced (CAE): Cambridge component score of 169.

For international students

  • a BSc degree in Computer Science or a BSc degree with a major in Computer Science.
  • a BSc degree equivalent to a BSc degree in Computer Science, to be decided by the Board of Admissions.
  • Note that no transition or pre-master programme can be offered to international students.
  • IELTS: minimum 6.5
  • TOEFL: internet based 90
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE), minimum grade C

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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