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Advanced Bachelor Bioinformatics

You learn to store, process and analyze molecular biological data and in a next step to automatize this with data storage and processing by means of programming and scripting. Moreover, you learn to develop web applications for molecular data analysis. Because our students get a profound basis of programming skills during the educational program, they are the (missing) link between ICT experts and molecular biologists.

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Your level of education corresponds to a completed undergraduate degree (bachelor’s degree) with a profound knowledge of molecular biology, e.g. Biomedical Laboratory Technician. A background in Information Technology is NOT required! Our one-year program aims to convert “wet-lab” technicians into “dry-lab” technicians.

Job opportunities

As a bioinformatics technician you are a versatile employee within scientific research, with job opportunities both in private and academic research centers, including (university) hospitals.


This unique educational program was created at the request of (academic) research centers to provide the necessary “know-how” for technicians to function in a “dry-lab” environment.

Module ECTS
First semester BIT 01 Webtechnologies 5
BIT 02 Linux operatingsystems 5
BIT 03 Comparative genomic analysis 5
BIT 04 Scripting 5
BIT 05 Database technologies 5
BIT 06 Structural bioinformatics 5

Second semester

BIT 07 Biostatistics in R 5
BIT 08 Data mining 5
BIT 09 High throughput analysis 5
BIT 10 Systems biology 5
BIT 11 Internship interior or abroad 10
  Programming     Informatics     Bioinformatics


University College Howest, campus Rijselstraat, Rijselstraat 5, 8200 Bruges

Admission requirements for foreign students

According to the education and examination code, there are three important admission requirements for foreign students:

Authorization to stay in Belgium

Foreign students always must be able to present the permission or authorization for their stay in Belgium, by one of the means below:

  • the identity card of a member state of the European Union;
  • the residence permit of a member state of the European Union;
  • the identity card for foreigners;
  • the registration certificate from the Central Register of Foreigners.

In any case, the candidate student must personally present him/herself.

Diploma Requirement for the Advanced Bachelor Programme

A legalised foreign bachelor or master diploma or equivalent, with sufficient knowledge of molecular biology, is required. The student should present the original diploma or certificate to the student administration, a copy of which document is included in the student’s dossier.

Language Requirements

When a regular student enrols in an English programme, he/she needs an adequate proof of English proficiency. Following certificates are accepted:

  • a secondary education diploma awarded by the Flemish Community (except for vocational secondary education (BSO) and CVO (centres for adult education));
  • a Dutch diploma “Voorbereidend wetenschappelijk onderwijs” (VWO), or freely translated: “Preparotory Scientific Education” (VWO);
  • a diploma of international Baccalaureate in English or at least with grade 5 for the course English A or B high level or at least grade 6 for the course English B standard level;
  • a diploma of European Baccalaureate with English as first language and a score of at least 6 or as second language and a score of at least 7;
  • a certificate that at least a one-year full-time study programme of an English-language study programme in secondary education or at least 30 credits English-language course units in an English-language study programme at another institute for higher education has been followed successfully;
  • a recent TOEFL Certificate: minimum score: 550 points (paper-based), 213 points (computer- based) or 79 points (internet-based);
  • a recent IELTS Certificate from the British Council: minimum score 5.5;
  • a GCSE Certificate English with score A* -C;
  • a certificate of Cambridge English: First Certificate in English (FCE) or Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE):
  • a certificate of the “English Test” awarded by the University Language Center (UCT) of Ghent University;
  • an attestation of CEF level B2 English (or higher).

Advanced Bachelor Bioinformatics @Home

Starting in 2016-2017, it is possible to follow the bachelor-after-bachelor as a remote educational program. The program is the same, but spread over two academic years (30 ECTS/year). This program starts every two years.

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