Functional genetics & bioinformatics

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A true hero is not afraid to try new things! Unleash your potential by studying for a masters degree in Functional Genetics & Bioinformatics at the University of South Bohemia.

Success in genes

General Information

Biological research is undergoing a technological revolution. New gene editing and increasingly available high-throughput analyses of genomes, transcriptomes, proteomes or metabolomes, so-called omics techniques, are contributing to breakthroughs in biology and medicine and their use is steadily increasing. The new two-year Master's study programme of Functional genetics and bioinformatics implements these rapidly developing new technologies and trains graduates to be adept at performing and analyzing experiments generating large data sets and to translate their findings into meaningful biological results.

Graduate profile

Graduates will acquire modern skills and knowledge in the field of omics methods and genetic engineering. You will be able to use or even develop bioinformatics tools for the analysis of large biological data produced by omics approaches. The programme provides the opportunity to specialise in the dynamic areas of biotechnology, molecular cell biology and genetics, bioinformatics and human molecular genetics. Studies in the new programme will be conducted entirely in English.
Graduates will be trained for future occupations in applied research and development in the industrial, agricultural, clinical or service sectors (e.g. in pharmaceutical or biotechnological industries or clinical diagnostics) and to positions in academic research (e.g. by continuing to doctoral studies).

For Applicants

The programme Functional genetics and bioinformatics is open to all potential applicants, who hold or are successfully completing their bachelor's degree in biology, biomedicine, biochemistry or related fields in the 2024 summer semester and are able to communicate in English at level sufficient for the study.
To apply, you need to provide your CV, motivation letter, and a proof of English language proficiency (CEFR B2 level). The application is submitted on-line. Applicants will be shortlisted by the admission committee and the selected candidates will be invited to attend an on-line conference interview video.
A certified copy of the Bachelor's degree (Diploma) needs to be submitted by 13 June 2024 at latest.

  • Applications open: February 2024, Applications deadline: 19 May 2024
  • Diploma submission deadline: 13 June 2024, Study start: September 2024
  • Study duration: 2 years
  • Tuition fees: No tuition fees, only application fee 700 CZK (approx. 30 EUR)


The programme supports independent scientific work through an experimentally oriented diploma thesis. The research project is worth 33 ECTS credits (out of 120 total) and its focus falls mainly in areas of interest of researchers associated under the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics and closely cooperating institutes of the Biology Center of the Czech Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Centre of Algal Biotechnology of the Institute of Microbiology CAS. These areas include characterization of molecular and cellular processes (photosynthesis, metabolism, immunity, and cell signaling) and studies of development, genome organization and molecular evolution in both classical models and non-model organisms.


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