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Bioinformatics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #117 (WUR) Berlin, Germany
The master’s program in Bioinformatics at Freie Universität Berlin is a direct response to the paradigm shift taking place in medicine and biological sciences.

Overview

Further research in these areas is based on the evaluation of masses of biological data: here, the use of computers, combined with accurate mathematical models and efficient algorithms is essential. We offer a master degree in Bioinformatics at 

Employing adequate training in the various sub-disciplines, this program provides the required knowledge for students to be able to judge mathematical methods and models, to recognize relevant biological questions, and to correctly interpret the results of the models in a biological context.

Bioinformatics research in medicine and the biological 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 program in bioinformatics, this program offers an advanced education in the corresponding subfields of mathematics, computer science, biology, and medicine. 

Educational Objectives

  • Knowledge of the main issues in modern bioinformatics and of the associated mathematical, computer science, and biomedical bases
  • Independent analysis of problems in bioinformatics by means of different methodological approaches as well as development of solutions in an interdisciplinary context
  • Enabling students to engage in independent research and development activities in the field of bioinformatics
  • Preparation for a subject-specific leadership role in a corresponding industrial sector or for further academic qualifications as part of a doctorate

Programme Structure

Core Modules: (students must complete two of these)

  • Biodiversity and Evolution 
  • Medical Bioinformatics 
  • Network Analysis 
  • Physiology 
  • Sequence Analysis 
  • Structural Bioinformatics 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    4.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    60

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  • Minimum required score:

    450

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General Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in bioinformatics with components in mathematics, computer science, chemistry/biochemistry, biology, and bioinformaticsthat correspond to the bachelor’s degree program in bioinformatics at Freie Universität Berlin, or an equivalent degree.
  • Proof of English language skills (level B1 CEFR or equivalent). English as a school subject for 5 years is equivalent to level B1.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Free
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  • National

    Free
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Students do not pay any tuition fees. However, the university charges a semester fee (app. 300 Euro per semester)

Living costs for Berlin

  • 836 - 1340 EUR/month
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