Bio Informatics courses

University of Malta

Master Of Science In Bioinformatics in University of Malta

  • Duration : 3 Semesters
  • Intake : Oct
  • Level : Postgraduate
  • Tuition & fees : € 13,400 Per Year
  • IELTS : 6.5
  • TOEFL : 95
  • PTE : 0

About Master Of Science In Bioinformatics in University of Malta

This programme of study is also offered on a part-time basis. Please consult the Registrar’s website for more information pertaining to courses offered by the University.

Computer Systems have become ubiquitous in the analysis of data to further increase our knowledge in a particular domain. Molecular biology is no exception to this. More so, the amount of data generated in this area has increased exponentially in recent years (e.g. high throughput sequencing for DNA, RNA and DNA-protein interactions or protein structures), and we now require to design new algorithms to handle this data. This programme of study will focus on bioinformatics, the study of the computational aspects of molecular biology data underpinned by solid statistical knowledge. Whilst this course will mainly encourage methods development in Bioinformatics, applications of several bioinformatics tools to existing datasets will also be covered. Bioinformatics offers essential tools to wet laboratory scientists. 

This programme of studies will equip students with the computational, molecular biology and statistical knowledge required to build and run the computational tools which underpin novel discoveries in molecular biology.

Learning outcomes

Students participating in this programme will gain the following subject knowledge and understanding:
a) dogma of molecular biology (and exceptions to it),
b) genetics,
c) genome sequencing, alignment and variant calling,
d) gene function prediction and annotation,
e) structural bioinformatics (including protein structure prediction),
f) network analysis (gene regulatory networks, protein interaction networks, metabolic networks, signalling networks etc.),
g) systems biology,
h) computational drug discovery,
i) software development principles (including programming and database systems),
j) statistical techniques used to validate bioinformatics methods,
k) ethical implications in the field, and
l) use of bioinformatics tools and databases

Intellectually, skills gained by the students include: 
a) critical thinking (ability to read, assess, contrast and criticize scientific literature)
b) analyse data in a molecular biology setting
c) design a scientific study and execute it
d) test and evaluate scientific hypotheses (including tools built or used)
e) document scientific experiments
f) build models for molecular biology systems

Key/transferable skills gained by the student include:
a) programming in Python
b) application of statistical techniques (using R)
c) scientific writing (including publishing a paper and writing a dissertation)
d) orally present scientific material, to an intelligent lay audience
e) organise a bibliography (develop bibliographic skills)
f) gain wet-lab experience
g) undertake rigorous, original and valid scientific research 

Many of these skills are industry relevant and increase the student's employability.

Course intended for

Students with an undergraduate degree in a scientific, medical, computational or mathematical subject with a penchant for computing and interdisciplinary research. The student must be willing to cross-train in other areas they may not be familiar with (e.g. genetics, proteomics, statistics, computing). They should also possess a strong interest in applying their knowledge to discoveries in molecular biology.

Career opportunites and access to further studies

Graduates of this programme will gain access to a myriad of computational opportunities, both in industry and in academia, in the ever-growing life sciences field. These may include (but are not limited to); data analysis, software engineering and modelling opportunities in genomics, proteomics, drug discovery, systems biology, and, more generally, in healthcare and biomedical research. This course will equip the student with knowledge to pursue reading a doctoral degree in the areas of computational biology, bioinformatics, and cheminformatics.

The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of one of the following qualifications:

(a) the degree of Bachelor of Science (Honours) from this University, or from any other higher education institution recognized by Senate, obtained with at least Second Class Honours in Information and Communication Technology, Computer Science, Statistics, Mathematics, Applied Biomedical Science, Medical Biochemistry, Pharmaceutical Science, Medical Sciences, Biology, Biology and Chemistry, or in any other area of study deemed relevant by the Board of Studies or

(b) the degree of Doctor of Medicine and Surgery from this University or equivalent obtained from any other higher education institution recognized by Senate.

The maximum number of students that can be admitted into the course is 20 students.

When the number of places is so limited and the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of places available, applicants shall be selected using the following criteria, the weighting of which shall be published at the time of the call for applications:

(a) degree type and class
(b) experience in the area of the proposed study and
(c) performance during an interview.

For the purpose of selection, applicants whose qualifications as stipulated above were obtained by 31 August preceding the commencement of the Course shall be considered first. 

University of Malta Highlights

Type Public
Established 1769
Campus Urban
Academic staff 961
Administrative staff 930
Students 11,117

University of Malta Avg Tution Fees  And Other Expenses

Avg.Tution Fees €5500-10800
Visa Fee €125
 Insurance €60-80

Food Cost

€100 to 150 Euro Per month
Accommodation €200 to 500 Euro Per month
Meals €250
Mobile/Wi-Fi €30
Local Transport €40
Leisure Activities €200
Laundry €30
Electricity/Water €50

above is an approximate guide of the monthly expenses you are likely to incur while studying in Malta. These are only approximations since your monthly bill will be determined by your personal lifestyle.  *based on 2 or 3 persons sharing an apartment.


Fees components - (1st year Fees and expense)

Tuition & fees :

€ 13,400


€ 13,400