Life Sciences – Systems Biology

Systems biology has been recognized as a powerful approach to solve biological questions at various levels and to come to quantitative descriptions of biological behaviour, structure and evolution. Also in medical sciences, drug design and biotechnology, systems biology is seen as an avenue to increase our understanding and to improve on applications with regard to production, stability, efficiency and control.
Studying Systems Biology at the University of Amsterdam
The Master’s programme in Systems Biology reflects the broad research area of this field, processed in courses that integrate the following disciplines:
  • Chemistry and biochemistry, including bioanalytical tools
  • Genetics, molecular biology and cellular biology
  • Biophysics
  • Mathematics
  • Programming and computational modeling
  • Data analysis and bioinformatics
The programme is organised to teach the students aspects of these different disciplines but above all to have them integrate these disciplines as the ultimate intellectual challenge. Students can choose to complete their programme with either a theoretical focus or a more experimental training relevant to systems biology.
The programme welcomes students with a Bachelor background in chemistry, biology, informatics, mathematics or physics. Applications will be reviewed by the exam committee for students with backgrounds that are not considered evidently suitable.
Science in Amsterdam
The University of Amsterdam (UvA) collaborates closely with the VU University Amsterdam in most of the tracks in physics, chemistry, life sciences and mathematics. Both universities have an excellent international reputation, with several research groups playing leading roles in various scientific fields. Their collaboration has resulted in a range of high-quality Master of Science programmes. As a result of this cooperative relationship, students benefit from the expertise, the existing networks and collaborative projects of both universities.