NBIK10005U Bioinformatics Project 1

Volume 2024/2025

MSc Programme in Bioinformatics


The exact content is decided with the supervisor.

Learning Outcome

The aim of these projects is to get a deep understanding of a bioinformatics topic often related to a research project. This is often a practical biological application using the computational methods you have been introduced to in other courses, e.g. testing a biological hypothesis on massive data sets. It may also be the implementation of a new method using python or some other programming language or an entirely theoretical project.


  • Write a bioinformatics report
  • Search for background material
  • Select and use relevant bioinformatics tools for a specific project


The student will obtain these general competences

  • Ability to do project work
  • Writing a scientific report
  • Presenting work orally
  • Analyze complex real-world problems

See Absalon.

Knowledge within bioinformatics. Programming at least at the level of "Linux and Python Programming" is recommended.

Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.
Individual project with a supervisor.
It is a good idea to contact a supervisor prior to the start of the block. If you are not in the bioinformatics program, you must have an agreement with a supervisor (one of the contact persons) before registering.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 19
  • Project work
  • 176
  • Guidance
  • 10
  • Exam
  • 1
  • Total
  • 206
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)

Written and/or oral feedback during the project work.
Oral feedback at the exam.

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Oral examination, 60 min. (no preparation)
Type of assessment details
Written assignment, min. 2000 words (2/3 of final grade)
- Ongoing preparation throughout the course with submission at the end of the course.
Oral examination (1/3 of final grade)
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Several internal examiners

Same as ordinary exam.

Students must pass both exams to pass the overall exam. The passed part of the exam may be reused in a reexam.

If the written assignment is not passed it may be revised and submitted no later than three weeks before the reexam.

If the written assignment is not submitted witin the deadline it must be submitted no later than three weeks before the reexam.



Criteria for exam assesment

In order to achieve the grade 12 the student must

  • Complete a project in bioinformatics, which adresses an important problem and presents a solution, or a partial solution, at an adequate level.
  • Identify relevant literature and understand the parts relevant for their project.
  • Write a scientifically precise report, which motivates their work, clearly presents the background, presents the methods and results of the work without errors, discusses the implications of the results and draws scientifically sound conclusions based on the work.
  • Present the work in a clear and scientifically satisfactory way, including motivation, methods, results, main achievements and future outlook.
  • Answer questions about any part of the project in reasonable depth and explain the core methods and results of the project in great detail.
  • Put the work in context and discuss possible future directions of research in the area and judge the relevance of such work.