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Informatics for Life Sciences

Informatics for Life Sciences


Master's Program in Informatics for Life Sciences

The Postgraduate Program Life Sciences Informatics (LSI) was founded in 2003.

It is currently coorganized by the Departments of Medicine, Computer Engineering and Informatics, Biology and Pharmacyof the University of Patras.

We aim to provide high quality education in Life Sciences Informatics with prospects both in academia and in the field of applications. The graduates will be able to perform independent academic research in the field of Life Sciences Informatics and solve life sciences problems by developing novel informatics tools (databases, models, acquisition, data analysis and visualizationsoftware etc.). The program aims to meet the educational, research, health, technological and social needs and contribute to the development of this new hybrid scientific field.

The program enrolls up to 30 graduate students per year, with a first degree in Life Sciences (Biology, Medicine, Pharmacy, Biotechnology, Chemistry etc) or Informatics and related fields (Physics, Mathematics, Engineering etc).

The specialization directions are:

  • Bioinformatics and
  • Medical Informatics

The Interdepartmental Postgraduate Programme "Informatics for Life Sciences" (ILS) leads to the award of a

  • Master's Degree (MSc)

The studying period for the Master Program is 1.5 years (3 semesters, 90 ECTS) and includes specialization courses and a thesis. Teaching will be in Greek and English.

Study Guide

1st Semester
  Code Course Title
1 LSI101 Life at the cellular level:principles of cell and molecular biology 5
2 LSI102 Principles of Pathophysiology and Therapeutics 5
3 LSI103 Introduction to Programming 6
4 LSI104 Mathematics and Tools for biomedical data analysis I 6
5 LSI105 Principles of Statistics & Data Analysis 6
6 LSI106 Seminar Series Ι 2
    TOTAL 30


2nd Semester
  Code Course Title
1 LSI201 Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning ans applications 5
2 LSI202 Mathematics and Tools for biomedical data analysis II 5
3 LSI203 Introduction to Biomedical Database design, implementation and information retrieval 5
4 LSI204  Seminar Series II 2
  Specialization (Elective Stream)  
5.1 LSI205 Bioinformatics I 8
6.1 LSI206 Genes and Genomes 5
  Medical Informatics  
5.2 LSI207 Medical Informatics I 8
6.2 LSI208 Health systems management and principles of medical practice 5
    TOTAL 30


3rd Semester
  Code Course Title
1 LSI301 Diploma Research 20
2 LSI302 Big Data Retrieval and processing 4
3 LSI303 Transferable Skills 2
  Elective Stream  
4.1 LSI304 Bioinformatics II 4
  Medical Informatics  
4.2 LSI305 Medical Informatics II 4
    TOTAL  30