Master Program Bioinformatics and Genome Research (BIG)

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This curriculum assumes a basic background both in algorithmics and in molecular biology.
It covers the generation and interpretation of voluminous data from state-of-the-art techniques in genome and post-genome research. Students will attend wet lab courses, theory and programming courses, and will be supported in formulating and persuing their own research projects. The curriculum is composed from modules which provide significant freedom of choice, allowing students to develop an individual profile more on the computer science side or on the wet-lab side of bioinformatics.


After finishing the degree program, students will be ready to work in the life sciences, wherever bioinformatics methods are used or developed. Besides, the qualifications acquired in informatics are comprehensive enough to have the best opportunities in the regular job market for computer scientists. Owing to the life-science component, you will look beyond the horizon of informatics as a purely technical discipline, even while studies are still in progress, and such an application focus is generally well appreciated in by industrial employers.


Structure for inscription since winter term 2012/2013 [eKVV]

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Application is only possible for the winter term. About 17 places are offered.

Application is open between June 1 and July 15 for the programme starting in the winter semester (mid-October) of each year under the following link: Online application form.

In addition to completing the online application form, the following material is requested in German or English language, either in PDF or JPG format:

  • optional: an application letter (up to 2 pages) indicating the applicant's motivation and scientific interests,
  • certificates or preliminary certificates of previous study results (requirements: at least 50 credit points (ECTS) in the area of basic computer science and at least 40 additional credit points in the natural sciences, at least a minimum of 120 credit points in a preliminary certificate, certificates for German knowledges if the bachelor degree is not from a German speaking institution)
  • transcripts of records of all previously achieved study results,
  • curriculum vitae.


Bielefeld University
Faculty of Technology
Master degree program Bioinformatics and Genome Research
P.O. Box 10 01 31
33501 Bielefeld

Contact person: Prof. Dr. Ralf Hofestädt