Expand your knowledge of data science to help your biological research

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Bioinformatics for the Life Sciences

Start: February
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Does a career in Life Sciences appeal to you? Do you want to strengthen the digital skills that are relevant to your research and profession as a Life Science student? This is your chance! The minor Bioinformatics for The Life Sciences starts in February.

About this minor

The programme Bioinformatics for the Life Sciences focuses on acquiring and developing the digitals skills which professionals in the Life Sciences need to handle large amounts of data and solve problems in modern Biomedical Sciences. You will explore the digital toolbox of Bioinformatics and learn about genome sequencing, data processing, analysis and visualisation, database technology and the basics of programming. 

In several projects, you will learn to use these tools, for instance to analyse the DNA of a patient with the intention to identify genomic variants that most likely cause certain diseases. You will learn the programming language R to explore the domain of digital experimentation and analyse genome-wide gene expression determined through RNA sequencing. After this programme, you will know everything you need to process data independently on a basic level.

Title ECTS Credits Course Code
Diagnostic genome analysis 5 BFVH15DIAGN
Linux 3 BFV17LINUX
Theory of bioinformatics 1 3 BFVH15THBINEN1
Data analysis and visualization using R 1 3 BFVH19DAVUR1
Dutch Culture and Language 1 LSTX16DCL1
Capstone project: Analysis of gene expression 8 BFVH15CAPSTONE
Data analysis and visualization using R 2 4 BFVH19DAVUR2
Theory of bioinformatics 2 3 BFVH15THBIN2

We offer you

  • One semester of the Applied Bachelor Study Biology & Medical Laboratory Research fully taught in English by experienced lecturers in the field of Bioinformatics. 
  • Theoretical and project work in the fields of diagnostic genome analysis and transcriptomics. 
  • A toolbox of Bioinformatics which gives you the basic skills to handle large amounts of data to solve problems in modern Biomedical Sciences.
  • Participation in an international atmosphere, consisting of students from different countries and cultural backgrounds, including the Netherlands.

Before you can start

This exchange programme is open to students who have completed two or three years of a bachelor's programme in the field of life sciences and have a basic knowledge of genetics, cel biology and statistics. We also require a CEFR level of B2 or higher.

For questions about the content of this exchange programme, please contact the coordinator via the 'Contact & FAQ' tab above. 

Admission & application

Are you a student at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences? The minor is accessible for students from the Biology and Medical Laboratory Research programme who have aquired 60 EC from the propaedeutic phase and 48 EC from the main phase. You can sign up via Osiris, up to 4 weeks before the start of the minor.

Third year students from a program in biomedical sciences from another university or university of applied sciences can apply for this minor via the website Kies op Maat (under the name Data Science for the Life Sciences): www.kiesopmaat.nl.

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