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Advanced Bioinformatics

Master’s level
15 credits (ECTS)
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Full education cost: 30 250 SEK
First payment: 30 250 SEK

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Large-scale analysis of biological data, such as DNA and protein sequences, have recently become a natural part of biological research. Bioinformatics is about analysing biological data using computers and computer programs.

The course in Advanced Bioinformatics gives you a better understanding of the bioinformatic methods and algorithms used in different types of analyses and of the way data and results are presented. The course will provide the necessary skills needed to perform large-scale analyses, for example assembly and annotation of genomes, analysis of gene expression and constructing phylogenetic trees. You will also learn basic programming in Linux/Unix.

The course consists of four parts

1. Introduction. You will learn about

  • biological sequences: DNA, RNA, protein
  • genome, different types of genes
  • evolution of sequences, homology
  • phylogenetic analyses
  • sequence databases
  • using bioinformatic tools
  • algorithms and models used by tools
  • Linux/Unix
  • working in a command-line environment.

2. In the second part, you will learn

  • how you can assemble a genome using shorter sequences
  • which techniques are available today
  • the advantages and disadvantages of the different techniques
  • different sequencing formats.

3. Population genomics and quantitative genomics, both in theory and in practice.

4. In the last part, you will learn more about gene expression analysis, ethics and databases.


The course consists of lectures, group exercises and seminars. You will also perform projects, individually or in small groups, and practicals. You will present your results orally or in written form by means of lab reports. At the end of the course, you will execute a shorter individual assigned task using bioinformatics tools and sequence databases. 

Prerequisites and selection


Passed basic courses in Biology 75 credits (BIO900 Cell Biology, BIO905 Molecular Genetics , BIO910 Biological form and function, BIO915 Ecology and Evolution and BIO920 Biodiversity and Systematics) and completion of Chemistry 30 credits.In addition you need at least one approved advanced level course in biology, 15 credits, in a relevant subject. The course BIO210 Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics is recommended. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.


Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 165 credits.

After graduation

Advanced Bioinformatics is a course in biology at an advanced level and is included in the Master's programme in Genomics and Systems Biology. The course can also be included in the Master's programme in Molecular Biology or in the Master's programme in Biology. The course can also be applied for as a stand-alone course.

A great part of the course is dedicated to practical computer work using large-scale datasets and databases. Since society is increasingly using computer analyses and structuring of large-scale datasets, the acquired skills and knowledge are also applicable to other fields than biology.

Students who have taken the course, are proceeding with doctoral studies or are working in biology and biomedicine research.


The course is given on Campus Medicinareberget.

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