Study Programme

You can create your own Master’s programme of 120 European Credits (EC). The components of the programme, as presented in the table below, can be taken in any given order.



Theoretical courses (15 EC)

Out of ten weeks of theoretical courses, at least five weeks should be devoted to courses organised by CSDB. You are free to choose from the list on the CSDB-website.

Elective courses (12 EC)

Electives will enable you to further increase your knowledge within your fields of interest.

Major Research Project (51 EC) and Minor Research Project (33 EC)

Students are required to complete a major and a minor research project. The major project should be absolved in one of the CSDB participating research groups.

You can choose to replace your Minor Research Project with a profile. The profiles in Science Communication and Education consist of theoretical courses followed by practical work. The Management profile combines skills in the life sciences with courses in business and economics.

The profiles in Applied Data ScienceBioinformatics or Complex Systems offer an interdisciplinary approach, in which you combine courses with a project or assignment on a specific topic / field.

Life Sciences Academy (1.5 EC)

During the course of the Master’s programme, you are required to attend the Introducing Life Sciences week, at least seven Life Sciences seminars, and three workshops of the Navigation Towards Personal Excellence programme.

Writing assignment (7.5 EC)

This writing assignment consists of producing a review paper or research proposal.

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 student).
  • Theoretical course: seminars, self-study, group discussions, occasionally demonstrations or hands-on experience.
  • 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 CSDB seminars, individual assignment of preparing short abstracts.

Group size

Apart from courses, usually attended by between 15 and 35 students, all parts of the Master’s programme consist of individual assignments. The research groups may vary in size between 3 and 20 members.

Examination methods

  • 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 (presentation or report).
  • Electives: have different forms of examination, depending on the student’s choice to spend elective time.