Fachbereich Informatik (Wilhelm-Schickard-Institut)

Bioinformatics (Master's program)

Target group

Students holding an above-average Bachelor’s degree in Bioinformatics, Biology, Computer Science or an equivalent degree who are interested in current bioinformatics research and in modern methods applied in life sciences may continue their studies to obtain a Master’s degree (a good command of English is prerequisite).

 

Program contents

The Master’s program in bioinformatics offers a wide choice of courses in computer science and life sciences and allows students to choose their subjects according to interest. Students will attend lectures, seminars, and project lab courses under the supervision of scientists who introduce them to basic and applied research and current topics in bioinformatics.

As interdisciplinarity is an important aspect, the Master’s thesis will be supervised by both a professor of bioinformatics or computer science and a professor or faculty member of the life sciences.

Program goals and objectives

The Master’s program in bioinformatics is research-oriented and enables graduates to research issues regarding the application of computer science and bioinformatics in the life sciences.

Students have the opportunity to advance their knowledge and skills to a level which will allow them to get involved in top national and international research in bioinformatics and its application to the life sciences. This includes a critical discussion of research goals, contents, proposals, and research problems, and requires a high scientific level.

Career opportunities and prospects

Due to very fast technological developments in the use of high-throughput techniques for data generation in biology, biotechnology and the pharmaceutical industry, there is an ever growing need for bioinformaticians. Since this is a highly demanding area, a PhD degree is usually required. Currently, many bioinformatics graduates either directly enter industrial positions in biology research areas or first obtain a PhD degree.

In the long run, it is expected that even outside the universities there will be at least one bioinformatician in almost every group working in biotechnology, the pharmaceutical industry, in other areas of the life sciences, or even in hospitals.

Enrollment

Admission to the Bioinformatics Master’s program is not restricted, but all students, including those holding a Bachelor’s degree in Bioinformatics, are requested to submit a formal application.

Admission requires either a degree with a grade average of at least 2.5 or an adequate number of provisional credit points; both the degree and the provisional credit points must have been obtained in subjects related to Bioinformatics, i.e. bioinformatics, computer science biology, chemistry, or molecular medicine.

Please apply online for admission to the Master’s program - click here for information on how to apply and enroll..

Application deadline for German students and students who are EU citizens with a status equal to Germans is 31 March or 30 September, for all other international students 15 January or 15 July.