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Profile and Structure (MSc Bioinformatics, 2019)

Study and Examination Regulations

Profile of the Master’s Degree Program in Bioinformatics

  • Standard program duration: 4 semesters
  • Credits: 120
  • Language of instruction: English (international program)
  • Examinations are administered during the program
  • Academic degree awarded: Master of Science (M. Sc.)
  • This study program prepares graduates to work in research
  • Limited admissions
  • Further information


Fundamental study portion (30 CP)

Three basic modules, 6 credit points each, must be done within the first semester. All three modules consist of a lecture (2 SWS = hours per week) and an exercise/tutorial (2 SWS):

  • Foundations in Computer Science
  • Foundations in Mathematics and Statistics
  • Foundations in Bio-Medicine

In addition, there is an introductory module provided (12 credit points). This introductory module consists of a lecture series (2 SWS) and a seminar (2 SWS):

  • Introduction to Focus Areas. This introduces three profile areas (Advanced Algorithms, Complex Systems and Data Science) and should support the basis of decision-making for the students own profile area.

Profile study portion (45 CP)

Starting in the second semester, students choose a profile area. Each profile area consists of:

The Focus Areas are again divided into a mandatory area (15 CP) and a required elective area (15 CP).

The following modules are compulsory in the respective focus area:

Complex Systems:

  • Module: Complex Systems in Bioinformatics (10 CP)
  • V-Module: Complex Systems in Biomedical Applications (5 CP)

Data Science:

  • Module: Data Science in the Life Sciences (15 CP)

Advanced Algorithms:

  • Module: Advanced Algorithms for Bioinformatics (10 CP)
  • V-Module: Methods in Life Sciences (5 CP)

Im the required elective area (15 CP) modules from the list of required elective modules can be completed, provided that they are assigned to the chosen specialisation.

Supplementary area (15 CP)

In the supplementary area comprising 15 credits, students can choose from all modules from the mandatory and required elective areas in the other two profile areas that were not chosen.

Master's thesis with accompanying colloquium (30 CP)

The Master thesis is usually written in the fourth semester. The processing time is 23 weeks. During this time, the students should give a 30-minute presentation on the progress of their work.