Study Programme

Bioinformatics and Biocomplexity is a two-year Master’s programme (120 EC). Every year is divided into four periods.


We will teach both state-of-the-art bioinformatics and the development and use of dynamic models to unravel the mechanisms underlying complex biological phenomena. However, you will be able to focus more on either 1. Biocomplexity, the modelling of biological data, or 2. Bioinformatics, the analysis of large biological datasets, by choosing specific courses in the elective part of the programme.  

The programme includes six components, with the specified credit load. The credits are in EC (European Credits), where 1 EC is equivalent with 28 hours of work. 


View the extensive range of possible (elective) courses. This will give you, as a prospective student, a good idea of what to expect when putting together your own study programme.

Educational methods

  • Research projects: individual research projects chosen by student and guided by daily supervisor (post-doc or advanced PhD student). 
  • Writing assignment: individual assignment guided by supervisor (subject chosen by the student). 
  • Theoretical course: seminars, self-study, group work and discussions, with hands-on practical assignments? 
  • Electives: depending on student’s choice: general course, theoretical course, short project in the lab, or extension of minor project. 
  • Seminars: attend life sciences and Bioinformatics seminars, individual assignment of preparing short abstracts. 


  • Research projects: practical work (60%), report (30%), and presentation (10%) will be graded by the examiner and a second reviewer. 
  • Writing assignment: will be graded by the examiner and a second reviewer. 
  • Theoretical course: written test or grading of individual assignment (programming or analysis, presentation or report). 
  • Electives: have different forms of examination, depending on the student’s choice to spend elective time. 

Extracurricular opportunities

Are you looking for an extra challenge? 

Utrecht University offers several programmes for students looking for an extra challenge. These programmes are followed on top of your regular Master’s programme and go beyond the regular curriculum. Do you want to know more about extracurricular opportunities?  

Read more about the opportunities