Systems Biology (MA)

Vilnius University
2 years
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Vilnius University

About this program

Systems Biology (MA)

The Systems Biology Master’s program is developed in collaboration with the Faculty of Medicine, Life Sciences Center and Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics. The interdisciplinary Master’s program prepares students to do real-world work in rapidly developing fields including, but not limited to, biological systems modelling, bioengineering, synthetic biology, bioinformatics, neurobiology, and data analysis. It is ideal for current and future biologists who wish to take advantage of the most powerful statistical models and programming tools to produce quantifiable results in their field of choice.

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Admission requirements


  • Bachelor's degree in Life, Health (Medicine, Medical Technology), Informatics (Bioinformatics, Informatics Engineering), Mathematics (Applied Mathematics, Biostatistics), Engineering (Bioengineering), Technology (Biotechnology). In other cases, the consent of the System Biology Study Program Committee is required;
  • English language proficiency – the level not lower than B2 (following the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), or TOEFL score 75/IELTS score 6.

Selection Criteria:

  • CV prepared according to Europass.
  • Scientific essay or interview (skype call).
  • The candidate should prepare a scientific essay in one of the announced topics.

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Program content

1 semester

  • Genomics
  • Data Mining

2 semester

  • Mathematical Modelling
  • Epigenomics
  • Transcriptomics
  • Science Forum

3 semester

  • Proteomics
  • Systems Biology
  • Neurobiology
  • Mathematical Physiology
  • Science Forum

4 semester

  • Preparation and Defence of a Master Thesis

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


The tuition fee is 4916 EUR/year


Credit points: 120 ECTS

Qualification awarded: Master in Health Sciences

  • Know cell structure and behavioural patterns at the molecular level and the functions of human organs and systems and the mechanisms of physiological regulation
  • Be able to analyse, manage and model data from the field of system biology with the aim to develop new technologies
  • Be able select an appropriate modelling strategy for a given biological domain or problem, and be able to set-up as well as lead projects for fundamental or applied research with the aim to develop new technologies in order to solve arising issues
  • Be able to gather and analyse information on research related to system biology with a critical approach, and to carry out a technological watch
  • Know and apply modern research methods in genetics, epigenetics, transcriptomics, proteomics and neurobiology
  • Be able to interpret mathematical models describing evolutionary processes of biological systems

Continuing studies

Students may continue their career in PhD studies as well.

Career paths

Systems Biology Program’s graduates can find a job position in both public (universities, health care institutions, research institutes) and private (biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies) sectors. The specialists can also be attractive in valleys where science, studies and business are integrated.

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Vilnius University

Established in 1579, Vilnius University is Lithuania’s leading academic institution, ranking in the top 20 universities in the region (Emerging Europe & Central Asia QS University Rankings 2021). More than 21,000 students are currently studying on over 70 bachelors and...

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Why study at Vilnius University

  • Vilnius is one of the top 100 cities according to QS Best Student Cities 
  • Vilnius University is number 1 in Lithuania.
  • Vilnius University is a leading higher education institution in student involvement in scientific work.

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3 Universiteto St.
LT-01513 Vilnius

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