Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Deadline: May 31, 2025
118 place StudyQA ranking:1969 Duration:2 years

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Bioinformatics research in medicine and the life sciences is increasingly based on
analysis and interpretation of biological mass data. The use of computers, combined with
accurate mathematical models and efficient algorithms, is indispensable in this process.
Building on the Bachelor's degree programme in bioinformatics, this programme offers advanced education in the corresponding subfields of mathematics, computer science, biology, and translational bioinformatics. The programme is jointly conducted by the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, the Department of Biology, Chemistry and Pharmacy and the Charité Medical School. It offers both in-depth theoretical courses as well as applied training in bioinformatics.This gives students the necessary knowledge and skills to identify relevant biological issues, develop appropriate mathematical or computational solutions to approach them, and interpret the results correctly in a biological or biomedical context.

The research areas include biodiversity, medical bioinformatics, network analysis, physiology, sequence analysis, and structural bioinformatics.

Educational organisation

The Master's course in bioinformatics consists of a general part with required modules (each with lecture and exercises). This phase covers one semester and serves to deepen and broaden the students' knowledge of bioinformatics and related disciplines.
During a second coursework phase (two semesters), the students learn to work independently in a specialised field of bioinformatics. This includes a research internship, core modules (each with lectures, exercises and seminar), practical modules (practical courses) and a research module. In the last semester, the students are expected to carry out research and present it in form of a Master's thesis.

Required Area (40 credits)
Required Modules: (students must complete all modules)
  • Algorithms (6 credits)
  • Genomics (6 credits)
  • Numerical Mathematics (6 credits)
  • Optimisation (6 credits)
  • Statistics (6 credits)

  • Research Internship (10 credits)

Required Elective Area (50 credits)
Core Modules: (students must complete two of these)
  • Biodiversity and Evolution (10 credits)
  • Medical Bioinformatics (10 credits)
  • Network Analysis (10 credits)
  • Physiology (10 credits)
  • Sequence Analysis (10 credits)
  • Structural Bioinformatics (10 credits)

Practical Modules: (students must complete two of these)
  • Current Issues in Cell Physiology (5 credits)
  • Applied Sequence Analysis (5 credits)
  • Measurement and Analysis of Physiological Processes (5 credits)
  • Computational System Biology (5 credits)
  • Environmental Metagenomics (5 credits)
  • Current Issues in Medical Genomics (5 credits)
  • Current Issues in Structural Bioinformatics (5 credits)

Research Modules: (students must complete one of these)
Research modules consist of research-oriented courses. Students must choose from among the applicable offerings.
  • Research Module A (two lectures with exercises, one seminar, project paper, 20 credits)
  • Research Module B (one lecture with exercises, two seminars, project paper, 20 credits)

Master's Thesis with Oral Presentation (30 credits)

Study abroad unit(s)



No additional internship is necessary.

Forms of assessment

Forms of assessment include written exams or oral exams/presentations. A seminar presentation, reports on practical courses as well as writing, and presenting and defending the Master's thesis are further forms of assessment.

Course objectives

Students learn the content and working methods of research-oriented areas of study.
Alongside subject-specific knowledge and skills in bioinformatics, they also gain interdisciplinary skills and key qualifications for subsequent research activities or management roles.

Language requirements

Proof of English language skills (level B1 CEFR or equivalent). English as a school subject for five years is equivalent to level B1.

Academic requirements

A Bachelor's degree in bioinformatics with components in mathematics, computer science, chemistry/biochemistry, biology, and bioinformatics that correspond to the Bachelor's degree programme in bioinformatics at Freie Universität Berlin, or an equivalent degree.
An equivalent degree might be a degree in a related field (e.g. biomathematics or computational biology) which contains components similar to our Bachelor's degree programme. As a rule, in order to be eligible for the programme, one third of your undergraduate studies need to be in mathematics and statistics, one third in computer science and bioinformatics, and one third in biology/chemistry/biochemistry.

If you are an applicant who has not received your university degree in Germany, you should apply to Freie Universität Berlin via uni-assist. Uni-assist will check your documents and forward them to the respective university. Before you apply, please read our homepage concerning application procedures, admission requirements and fees. See: and

Enrolment fees

An enrolment fee of approx. 300 EUR per semester entitles students to use all public transport in the Berlin area.

Costs of living

Approx. 750 EUR per month to cover personal expenses

Job opportunities

A limited number of part-time job opportunities (40 or 60 hours per month) for students is available at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.

Arrival support

Counselling and information service are offered by the university.

Services and support for international students

The International Students Office of the University's Department of International Affairs provides advice and social activities for international students.
International students are supported by the international office and by student mentors at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Sciences.


The Studentenwerk Berlin ( can be of assistance in finding accommodation in a student residence (rent approx. 270 EUR per month).
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