Bioinformatics @home via distance learning

For whom?

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If you are 21 years old and already working (or looking for a job) you can register for the bioinformatics via distance learning (@home) programme. Naturally, the general enrolment requirements of the bioinformatics programme continue to apply (higher education degree with knowledge of molecular biology; see Prerequisites and programme variants > For whom?).

The @home training programme is particularly suitable for:

  • Employees within (biomedical/biological) laboratories who need an applied knowledge of bioinformatics.
  • Employees from other sectors who are looking for a new challenge within a future-proof field of work.
  • International students who are not able to come to the campus in Bruges, Belgium (also see Prerequisites and programme variants > Enrolment for international students).

What is distance learning?

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Distance learning or @home is a training variant with a minimum of location-based learning and evaluation activities, in which the student is given maximum flexibility to achieve the intended learning outcomes - the same outcomes as for the daytime programme. A reduced study load (half of the daytime programme) allows the student to combine this training programme with a (fulltime) job.

With the aid of a powerful learning environment and adjusted study material, the student is supported in self-directed learning in the form of guided self-study. An overview of the course content is provided during the limited number of contact hours, after which the student depends on online support (via discussions, e-mail or chat) to progress through the course material.

Programme and organization

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The programme of the Advanced Bachelor programme via distance learning is the same as in full-time daytime education, but is built up differently and spread over two academic years. Therefore, the @home programme is only organized every two years! 

The next start of the bioinformatics @home programme is in September 2022!

The modules of semester 1 are offered in the first year and the modules of semester 2 are dealt with in the second year. The course units are not offered in parallel, but one after the other, sequentially. Upon completion of a course unit, the exam immediately follows, after which a new course unit starts.

Year 1
Semester 1 Semester 2
BIT 01 Linux operating systems BIT 02 Web technologies BIT 03 Structural bioinformatics BIT 04 Databases and data management BIT 05 Scripting BIT 06 Comparative genomic analysis


Year 2
Semester 3 Semester 4
BIT 07 Machine Learning BIT 08 Data analysis, visualisation and biostatistics using R BIT 09 High throughput analysis BIT 10 Systems biology BIT 11 Traineeship in Belgium or abroad

Colors indicate different roles:

Informatician Programmer Bioinformatician

The subject matter is mainly processed via self-study, where the study material is provided with the necessary text and explanations to process independently. In addition, we make the recordings from the daytime training available as an additional tool for studying. 

The limited number of contact moments can be followed on campus or via live streaming from home. If you are not able to follow the contact moments, you can review the recordings afterwards at your own pace.

Thanks to our new online learning environment, not only can you follow the contact moments from home, but you can also take the exams from home. We recommend – if possible – to take the exams on campus, but this does offer international students the opportunity to follow the training programme entirely from home!

Contact moments and evaluation

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In the distance learning programme, all course units are organized one after the other. The next module does not start until the course material of the previous module has been completed. For each module, there are 3 contact moments of 2 hours each and an exam of 3 hours. The contact moments are organized every two weeks, on a weekday, from 6 PM to 8 PM (CET). Usually one week after the last contact moment, the exam takes place, also on a weekday, from 6 PM to 9 PM (CET).

As already discussed, it is possible to follow the contact moments on campus or online via live streaming. In addition, the contact moments are also recorded for you to replay afterwards.

To allow maximum flexibility, the number of assignments, under the form of on-going assessment, within the programme is limited. Each assignment is already explained during the first contact moment and must be submitted or is questioned on the exam.