MS in Bioinformatics


Master of Science in Bioinformatics is a research based degree program offered by the Department of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. The field of Bioinformatics has emerged with a merger of biological science and computer science to help in storing, visualizing and interpreting the biological data. The program has been designed to equip the students with latest knowledge, tools and techniques to develop algorithms/tools for protein/homology modelling, generating protein sequences and structure alignments and simulators for constructing true alignments. The program aims at fulfilling the needs of educational and research institutions and the industry serving/ specializing in the fields of health and life sciences.

Program Objectives

  • To equip students with latest computational biology techniques such as infer evolutionary relationships, 3D protein structure and drug discovery.
  • To enable students to develop novel algorithms and approaches for managing and analyzing huge biological data efficiently.
  • To develop an insight into scientific methodologies and advances in bioinformatics research.

Admission Eligibility Criteria

  • 16-year of education in Computer Science/Software Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics and Biological Sciences with at least CGPA 2.50 out of 4 or 1st division wherein GPA system is not implemented.
  • Each candidate is required to pass the VU Entry Test with minimum 50% marks.


  • Limited seats are available on merit basis.
  • Only local students are eligible for admission as it is not available in overseas mode.

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Course Exemption

Course(s) exemption is not allowed.


It is a two-year duration program spread over four semesters. Each semester has at least 18 weeks duration.
Degree Completion Duration

Courses of Study

MS level course(s) only be offered to students provided student has qualified its respective pre-requisite course(s). For detail about MS in Bioinformatics program course, visit link below:

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Deficiency Courses

If the schedule of courses pursued by a candidate does not provide adequate background for the degree course, which he/she intends to take up, he/she is required to qualify the deficiency course(s) during his/her initial semester(s) prescribed by the University. Credit hours for deficiency courses are not counted towards calculation of CGPA and award of degree.

Assessment of Study Progress

The students’ study progress evaluation mechanism is based on continuous assessment throughout the semester by giving assignments, Quizzes, Graded Discussion Boards (GDBs), academic papers, seminars, mid-term and final term examinations.


The students are required to submit a Research Thesis worth 6-credit hours. Topic of the thesis must be decided after consultation with the supervisor.

Award of Degree

To become eligible for the award of MS in Bioinformatics degree, a student is required to complete at least 24-credit hour prescribed course work [maximum three courses from Computer Science domain] and 6-credit hour Thesis Research with minimum CGPA of 2.50 out of 4.

Fee Structure

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  • The courses may be revised time to time as a result of continuous review to bring them at par with courses from being taught at top-class foreign universities. While reviewing the courses, needs of local industry and job market are also given full consideration.
  • The University reserves the right to change fee structure from time to time.