• Years2 years
  • ECTS credits120


Objectives and content

A Master's degree in informatics with a specialization in bioinformatics gives insight into key problems and concepts in molecular biology, and a general understanding of how informatics can be used in this field.

This includes methods for representing data and knowledge, and the development and use of algorithms from machine learning and statistics.

The degree gives the candidate good training in studying a scientific research field and experience within interdisciplinary work through specific software development and data analysis.

What you Learn

Learning Outcomes

A candidate who has completed his or her qualification should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge skills and general competence:


The candidate

  • Can explain the theoretical foundation for the basic bioinformatic methods and discuss and justify the use of particular methods for solving relevant problems.
  • Can explain and discuss theory and/or scientific articles in selected, advanced subjects in bioinformatics and closely related fields of study.
  • Can show that he/she has an advanced knowledge of informatics in general, and specialized knowledge about a limited area in bioinformatics, related to the Master¿s thesis.
  • Can demonstrate sufficient knowledge about a biological field of study (e.g. molecular biology) such he/she is able to work in interdisciplinary teams


The candidate

  • Can develop programs to execute bioinformatic analyses.
  • Can use key data bases, tools and programming libraries for bioinformatics.
  • Can plan and perform analyses of real or simulated molecular biological data and consider the results in light of the hypotheses that are being tested.
  • Can perform an independent, limited research project under supervision, but with a great degree of independence and his/her own initiative in accordance with research ethics and norms.
  • Can collect, analyze and apply state-of-the-art knowledge in the field.
  • Can analyze and critically examine scientific sources of information and use them to structure and formulate a line of reasoning and new ideas in bioinformatics.
  • Can analyze, interpret and discuss his/her own results in a professional and critical way, and in light of methods and theories in the field.

General competence

The candidate

  • Can generally analyze scientific problems and participate in discussions with different approaches and solutions.
  • Can make good written and oral presentations of scientific topics and research results.
  • Can communicate about professional problems, analyses and conclusions in bioinformatics, with both specialists and the general public.
  • Can reflect upon key, ethical and scientific problems in his/her own work and in that of others.
  • Can demonstrate an understanding of and respect for scientific values about openness, precision, reliability and the importance of differentiating between knowledge and opinions.


Master's Programme in Informatics (krav 120 SP)
When you apply to the master's programme you can prioritize the different specializations
Bioinformatics (krav 60 SP)
Compulsory subject (krav 40 SP)
Mandatory course
Course codeCourse titleSPSR
INF281Basics of bioinformatics sequence analysis101–42
INF283Introduction to Machine Learning101–41
INF285Genomics and transcriptomics101–41
Optional subject (krav 20 SP)
The subjects MOL301 or MOL100 are highly recommended.
Master thesis (krav 60 SP)
Mandatory course
Course codeCourse titleSPSR
INF399Master's Thesis in Informatics603
Optional subjects at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences
SP = ECTS credits, S = Semester, R = Recommended semester

Study Period Abroad

Study period abroad

You can plan study periods abroad in consultation with your supervisor as a part of the master agreement.

How to Apply



Admission Requirements

 General admission criteria:

You must have obtained a first degree (bachelor's degree) of three or four years duration from an approved institution of higher education.

Your bachelor's degree must include minimum 20 ECTS of Mathematics and minimum 60 ECTS of Informatics/Computer science. If both INF100 and INF109 are part of the Bachelor's degree, the applicant will only get credit for INF100.

Additional credits in Mathematics and/or Informatics can be an advantage.

Documentation of proficiency in English is also necessary if you have an international background.

Note that the master's programme has a limited number of places.

See each programme option/specialization for more information about aims and content.

For international self-financing applicants:

The Master's Degree Programme in Informatics is not available for international applicants residing abroad.

Applicants who reside in Norway:

You apply online through the website soknadsweb.uib.no

Application deadline on soknadsweb.uib.no for students residing in Norway (with Norwegian ID-number):

For study start August: April 15.

For study start January: November 1.

For information about application and admission procedures, see this link.

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