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Prospective Students

Are you interested in studying Bioinformatics (Master's Degree) at Freie Universität Berlin?

We invite students from all over the world to apply to our Master's Program in Bioinformatics!

The Online Studies Selection Guide (OSA) will give you a comprehensive insight into the study program. Information about the profile and structure of the Master's program in Bioinformatics can also be found on our homepage.

Please note: The language of instruction is English. Classes are held on-site at Freie Universität and Charité, distance learning is not possible. Information sessions for International prospective students

Application Deadline

We accept students for the master program once per year for the winter term which starts in October. There is no summer intake for beginners! However, you can check whether an application for a higher semester is possible for you.

Applications for our Master's program in Bioinformatics (Consecutive Master's program, restricted admission) are usually accepted from mid of April until end of May each year.

Application period for the wintersemester 2024/25: 24 April - 31 May 2024

However, before you apply please check whether you fulfill our entrance requirements.

Please note: You need to fulfill the admission requirements at the time of application. There is no conditional acceptance!

Exception: Applicants who are currently completing their bachelor's degree may apply with a two-thirds certificate instead of a graduate certificate.

Please attach the completed self-disclosure form (writable pdf form) to your application.

For more information about application and admission, please have a look at our Application FAQ.

SUMMARY of the Admission Regulations

Please note: You must meet ALL of the following requirements! The admission requirements are to be understood as minimum requirements!

First Degree

You need to have an university degree (bachelor or equivalent), either from Germany or an equivalent foreign degree, in a higher education program comprising at least six semesters that qualifies to practice a profession.

Note to applicants with foreign educational qualifications: Whether your degree is recognized in Germany will be checked by uni-assist during the application process. Freie Universität Berlin cannot give you any information about this.
For applications from some countries an APS certificate is required, information on this can be found at uni-assist. You should apply for this certificate as early as possible, as it can take several months to get ist. This certificate must be submitted before the application deadline, otherwise your application cannot be processed!
Country-specific information from uni-assist


Either you (1) did earn your university degree at an education institution where English is the language of instruction or (2) you are required to prove English language skills at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Further information

Please note: Your first degree must already be available at the time of application. Otherwise it does not count as proof of English.

Computer Science, Bioinformatics & Programming Skills (25 CP)

You need at least 25 credits in computer science modules. Out of these, at least 10 credits need to be in modules in which you acquired knowledge in a imperative programming language, such as C/C++, Java or Python and at least 10 credits in the area of algorithms.

Mathematics/Statistics (25 CP)

You need at least 25 credits in mathematical modules. Out of these, at least 10 credits need to be in the area of linear algebra or analysis and at least 10 credits in the area of statistics.

Biology/Chemistry/Biochemistry (25 CP)

You need at least 25 credits in this area. Out of these, at least 10 credits need to be in the area of biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics.

Please note:
It is not possible for us to confirm candidates' eligibility for the master's program in advance. Please DO NOT send an email with CV/TOR. But with the information provided above you should be able to assess your prospects quite well. In order to obtain a final decision about your eligibility you must submit an application.

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