MBM program in 1 year (60 ECTS)

This program provides an advanced study into the different aspects of bioinformatics and biological modeling. The program contains 60 credits, following the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)

This program is open to students with a Master degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Engineering.

The objectives are to provide a deeper understanding and knowledge into the different areas that define bioinformatics and biological modeling, on the one hand, and to prepare the students for an active role both in academic and industrial research and development.

The courses are thought in English unless everyone sufficiently understands French.

This program is a collection of courses from the 120 ECTS program: Detailed information concerning the program of 120 ECTS can be found via this site

The 60ECTS include the following courses:

  • Obligatory courses

    • BIOL-F449 Genomics, proteomics, evolution - Bruno ANDRE, Fabrice BERGER, Patrick MARDULYN Q1 5 ECTS - (Theory:36h, Practical work:24h)
    • BIOL-F450 Biophysics and structural bioinformatics I - Dimitri GILIS, Marianne ROOMAN Q1 5 ECTS - (Theory:36h, Practical work:24h)
    • BIOL-F451 Modeling dynamical systems in biology - Didier GONZE Q1 5 ECTS - (Theory:36h, Practical work:24h)
    • INFO-F434 Biological databases and analysis of macromolecular sequences - Didier GONZE, Jean RICHELLE Q1 5 ECTS - (Theory:36h, Practical work:24h)
    • MEMO-F504 Master thesis 25 ECTS

  • Optional courses -Choose 15 ECTS

    • BIOL-F423 Analysis of functional genomic data - Vincent DETOURS Q2 5 ECTS - (Theory:36h, Personal work:24h)
    • BIOL-F459 Biophysics and structural bioinformatics II - Dimitri GILIS, Marianne ROOMAN, Wim VRANKEN !2 5 ECTS - (Theory:36h, Practical work:24h)
    • INFO-F422 Statistical foundations of machine learning - Gianluca BONTEMPI, Bernard MANDERICK Q2 5 ECTS (Theory:24h, Exercices:12h, Practical work: 12h)
    • CHIM-F4001 Rational drug design and PKPD modeling - Martine PREVOST, Jean-Christophe LELOUP Q2 5 ECTS - (Theory: 36h, Exercices: 24h)
    • BIOL-F529 - Determination of biomolecular structures and structural data analysis - René WINTJENS Q1 5 ECTS - (Theory: 36h, Exercices: 12h, Practical work: 12h)
    • INFO-F409 Learning dynamics - Tom LENAERTS, Yann-Michaël DE HAUWERE Q1 5 ECTS - (Theory:24h, Exercices: 12h; Personal work: 24h)
    • INFO-H413 Heuristic optimisation - Thomas,T STUTZLE Q2 5 ECTS - (Theory:24h, Exercices:12h, Practical work:24h)
    • PHYS-F512 Molecular motors and stochastic processes - Pierre GASPARD Q1 5 ECTS - (Theory: 36h, Exercices: 24h)
    • INFO-H410 Techniques of artificial intelligence - Hugues BERSINI, Ann NOWE Q1 5 ECTS - Theory: 24h, Exercices:12h)
    • INFO-F438 Algorithms in computational biology - Tom LENAERTS, Jean CARDINAL Q2 5 ECTS - (Theory: 24h, Exercices: 12h, Personal work: 24h)


This program is a collection of 60ECTS of courses coming from the normal Master program of 2 years. To register for this program you have to register for the 2 year program on the ULB website and ask for admission in the 1 year program via the motivation letter; Online registration via Online application form. Only students with a Master in Sciences, Applied Sciences or Medicine are allowed in this program.

If you have questions don’t hesitate to contact the president of this program Marianne Rooman (mrooman@ulb.ac.be)