"Having started with a Bachelor in Veterinary Medicine, the bioinformatics curriculum in Liège
has allowed me to get selected among 150 prospective students for a PhD grant in
Bioinformatics and Modeling at the University of Luxemburg", Dries W., September 2018.
Both academia and industry are increasingly looking for computer-literate
biologists with skills in software programming, data analysis and systems modeling. Indeed
editing genomes of living cells can only be done meaningfully if we are first able to
understand, model and make new predictions about them. Initially focused on mere sequence
comparison, bioinformatics has now to deal with the flood of data coming out of next-
generation sequencers (NGS) and other high-throughput instruments. Hence,
supercomputers and artificial intelligence algorithms are increasingly becoming the new best
friends of the life science researcher. In this context, the aim of the Master in Bioinformatics
and Modeling is to allow young professional and students with a life science background (e.g.,
biologists and medical biologists, veterinary and medicine doctors, bioengineers) to acquire a
solid training in computing techniques applied to biological data.
One-year MASTER BIM (75 credits)
Composed of a maximum of 75 credits (60 base credits and up to an additional 15 credits of
remedial, depending on the background of the student), this program is designed so that all its credits
can be acquired during a single academic year.
It features courses such as Biological Data Analysis covering programming in R together with
machine learning techniques, for example to analyze transcriptomic data, practical courses
such as Practical Genomics or Case Studies in Veterinary and Agronomical Sciences,
computer science courses notably taught by the engineering faculty, such as Introduction to
Databases or Data Structures and Algorithms, and finally more classical bioinformatics
courses covering sequence comparison, 3D modeling of protein structure or phylogenetic
This program is meant for students:
- having already acquired 60 credits at the Master's level in either Biochemistry and
Molecular and Cell Biology, or Biology of Organisms and Ecology, or Oceanography
- or holding a Master's degree in Chemistry, Medicine, Biomedicine, Pharmacy,
Dentistry, Public Health, Veterinary Medicine, or Bioengineering.
The one-year program
Two-years MASTER BIM (120 credits)
This program shares the courses of the first year of the Master in Biochemistry and Molecular
and Cell Biology, so as to provide a deep understanding of the biological data that are
typically produced in various research labs working on human or animal models, plants, or
microorganisms, including viruses. As a result, only 10% of this first year deals with
bioinformatics per se. However, the second year includes the 90% other bioinformatics
courses that are part of the "one-year program". Its aim is to provide the required skills to
analyze the biological data introduced in the first year.
This program is meant for students:
- holding a Bachelor's degree in a field belonging to the life sciences (including Chemistry)
- holding a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or Engineering, or in many other
scientific fields, provided that a maximum of 15 additional credits of remedial are also
selected (depending on the exact background).
Detailed program of the 1st Year: Master 1
Detailed program of the 2d Year: Master 2
Why study Bioinformatics at the University of Liege in Belgium?
- It can be done in a one-year program (if one already holds a Master's degree in a
- It requires no deep previous knowledge in computer science, statistics or
programming. However, a sound biological background is mandatory.
- It is bilingual, half of our courses being given in English, the other half in French. Yet,
all course materials are in English, whereas French classes are included in the
- Many of our classes are taught by academics of the Department of Life Sciences with a
strong expertise in bioinformatics, hence focusing on the use of computing tools to
produce new biological insight knowledge (rather than on the development of new
- An important part of the week is devoted to hand-on exercises such as homework,
personal projects and a Master's thesis.
- Laptops running under Linux are provided during practical sessions and exams.
- It is inexpensive: our inscription fee is below 1000 EUR/year, while most bedrooms in
Liège area have a rent below 500 EUR/month.
- Liege is a very active French-speaking city with lots of sociocultural activities and
events going on all year long.
- The city has a central position in Europe: 20 min away from Maastricht (Netherlands),
30 min from Aachen (Germany), 60 min from Brussels (Belgium), 120 min from Paris
(France) and 180 min from London (UK).
Prof. Patrick Meyer
Head of the Jury of the Master in Bioinformatics and Modeling
Prof. Denis Baurain
Head of the Department of Life Sciences