Bioinformatics and Systems Biology

Place of Study: Russia
Outcome (diploma or credits): Master of Science (ITMO University)
Duration: 2 years, 120 credits
Language: English
Application Deadline: 09 August 2021
Admission Requirements: Bachelor's degree with excellent/good grades in Biological Science (or related fields) and basic knowledge of Mathematics and Programming, or Computer Science and basic knowledge of Biology; CV & motivation letter; the upper-intermediate level of English*
Tuition Fee: 251,000 rubles per year for Russian students; 271,000 rubles per year for international students

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Career Options

Bioinformatics experts in the fields of personalized medicine, the pharmaceutical industry, biotechnology, software development, and many others. Besides, graduates may continue their academic careers by entering the leading PhD programs in Systems Biology.

Program Description

Currently, computational methods are widely used in biology mostly due to the fact that research inevitably comes with Big Data. Thus, one needs to possess the skills to be able to work with large amounts of data and to interpret them correctly. 

Our program trains a new generation of professionals capable of developing and applying bioinformatics methods to solve unconventional problems arising in fundamental and experimental biology. The students will gain an opportunity to complete the full path from high-throughput data to computational analysis and to testable hypotheses in several research areas.

The program has two specializations:

  1. Data Analysis in Biology and Medicine: we teach students with biological and medical backgrounds the skills of programming, data processing and statistical analysis and their application in different fields of bioinformatics.

  2. Algorithmic Bioinformatics: this specialization is designed for students with informatics, mathematics, and other technical backgrounds who want to apply their knowledge to bioinformatics. It also Includes advanced courses in statistics and algorithms, as well as introductory courses in molecular biology.

Benefits of the Program

Content of the Program

1 Semester

Specialization 1. Data Analysis in Biology and Medicine

Specialization 2. Algorithmic Bioinformatics

2 Semester

3 Semester

Specialization 1. Data analysis in Biology and Medicine

Specialization 2. Algorithmic Bioinformatics

4 Semester

*The applicants are required to pass the entrance examination successfully.

The list of entrance examination questions

Student review


"First of all, IT's More than a University


and I found ITMO to be a young university in the sense that it’s still growing 

and using new methods of education."


Sedreh Nassirnia, a student of the Bioinformatics and Systems Biology program


Want to know more? Read the full interview of Sedreh Nassirnia by ITMO.NEWS to learn more about the major and her experience.

How to apply?

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