Computational biology and biomedicine
Analytically think, work and discover, while still being a biologist
Degree programme specification
The master's degree program in Computational Biology and Biomedicine follows a bachelor's degree in the same field, deepens the biological, mathematical and informational knowledge of students and enables them to further focus on one of two specializations. The first of the specializations is epidemiology and modeling focused on the explanation and modeling of factors related to characteristics and behavior of individuals, populations, and communities, and on modeling based on data from biomedical and environmental sciences. The second specialization is biomedical bioinformatics focused on the analysis of complex genomic and proteomic data.
During the study course, students will extend their theoretical knowledge and application skills concerning, in particular, the computational aspects of mathematical methods, analytical procedures and algorithmization used in the analysis of biological and clinical data. Within both specializations, practical sessions and diploma theses are focused on application of methods in solving specific problems and projects. Students’ collaboration on projects and the systematic education in research techniques and analysis of biological and clinical data using modern methods will prepare students for independent research and professional work as data analyst or data scientist.
While other universities focus on the education and training of engineers (FEEC VUT in Brno, FBMI CTU), which are applicable mainly to the positions of non-medical health care professionals, Computational Biology and Biomedicine study program produces graduates able to use their knowledge of natural sciences, and targeting professions not only in health care, but also in the academic sector, the public sector and the pharmaceutical industry. The Biomedical Bioinformatics specialization answers the urgent need for experts that would be able to analyze data from omics technologies in basic and applied research in biology and medicine. In comparison to similar study programs at Masaryk University or other Czech Universities, our specialization is not oriented at structural bioinformatics or pure algorithmic approaches. In contrast, our specialization, being part of the Computational Biology and Biomedicine study program, offers an interdisciplinary education in five basic fields – biology, chemistry, (bio)informatics, mathematics and statistics, with a special accent on complex analysis of data from omics technologies. The study plan follows the bioinformatics curriculum as recommended by the Educational Committee of International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) (Welch et al., 2014, PLoS Comput Biol. Mar 6;10(3):e1003496).
|Faculty||Faculty of Science|
|Type of study||follow-up master's|
|Standard length of studies||2 years|
|Language of instruction||czech|
Practical training is not an obligatory part of the study program.
The master's degree program is designed to provide fundamental and advanced knowledge in the fields of biology, mathematics and computer science. Students are encouraged to independently solve analytical tasks in epidemiology, population modeling or bioinformatics, including methodological and software development, as well as interpretation and publication of results. Therefore, graduates of the program may find a job in the academic sector (Czech and foreign universities, clinical research centers, the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic) or in public and private sectors, especially in the health care (public or private hospitals), pharmaceutical and life sciences industry (e.g. in pharmaceutical companies and contract research organizations), in the field of environmental protection, and also in marketing research.
Data from the previous admission procedure (1 Feb – 30 Apr 2019)
This study field is possible to study only in Czech language. Admission test includes special test of science disciplines on the level of bachelor study programme, after that there is on oral exam.
Criteria of acceptance
Result of entrance test
As seen on bachelor exam
Single-subject studies with specialization
After completion of the master's degree, the student can continue in doctoral studies in any PhD program (after satisfying the admission requirements), e.g. at the Faculty of Science or the Faculty of Medicine of MU.
Graduates can also proceed in the field of Computational Biology and Biomedicine with acquiring the academic degree "Rerum Naturalium Doctor" (abbreviated as "RNDr." before the name). The state examination includes oral defense of the Rigorous thesis and oral exams in biology, mathematics and computer science.
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RNDr. Tomáš Pavlík, Ph.D.