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M.Sc. Bioinformatics

Faculties: Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, Faculty of Biological Sciences

Departments: Institut of Computer ScienceDepartment of Bioinformatics

Type: research-oriented

Language of instruction: German (German proficiency proof mandatory!)

Starting dates: winter term (October) and summer term (April)

Application period:

summer term:

1 December - 15. January

winter term:

International applicants 1 April - 15 July
German applicants 1 April - 15 September

Open to students with degrees in: bioinformatics, biology, computer science, or related fields

Programme summary: Experts in bioinformatics are specialists at the crossroads between information technology and biological science. Bioinformatics provides tools for nearly all biological disciplines, but for molecular biology in particular, and is an integral component of modern biological and medical research. The students in this programme will acquire a comprehensive understanding of the systematics involved and will improve their knowledge of computer science, mathematics, and biology.

Special features: Students of the M.Sc. Bioinformatics may create their own curriculum by selecting from a wide variety of courses in various departments.

Career opportunities: Graduates of this programme are qualified for a number of professions at companies and in academe. They are especially prepared for fields involving the processing, analysis, and visualization of biological data or the development of software for use in the life sciences.

Application requirements: Besides a bachelor's degree or equivalent in one of the above mentioned fields, students must be proficient in English, an advanced programming language, and a scripting language. Students whose native language is not German must pass the DSH Level 2, TestDaF 4x4, or another internationally recognized German examination.

Applicants will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:

  1. Quality of competences and their relevance to the field of bioinformatics
  2. Letter of motivation

The letter of motivation must be no longer than three pages and should clearly describe the student's interests, abilities, and academic and/or practical experience.

Application documents:

You have to send by post (please see also the step-by-step explanation):

  • Signed online application form "Application for Admission at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena to the Masters Programme" (generated automatically at the end of the online application)

You have to upload online (please see also the step-by-step explanation):

  • Motivation letter, in which you describe your intention to pursue graduate studies in the field of your choice (written in GERMAN)
  • Curriculum vitae including complete contact information, educational background, and professional experience
    School education:
  • Your secondary school leaving certificate (baccalauréat, high school diploma, etc.)
    University education:
  • All previous university degrees (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, etc.) if available before the application deadline - otherwise, please make a note of the anticipated date of issue
  • The corresponding transcripts for each degree, including your cumulative grade point average (minimum requirement is the proof of credits of the term before last)
  • For foreign Bachelor degrees: Poof of the grading system used by the university
    Language proficiency proof:
  • German proficiency proof at the level DSH-2 (for details see German language requirements)
    Special requirements for international applicants:
  • APS certificate: applicants with a Chinese, Mongolian or Vietnamese degree
  • College Entrance Examination: Iran (since 2011 no college entrance examination, but pre-university year), Republic of Korea (Scholastic Ability Test)

Additional information on application documents and procedure is available here.

Contact persons for general questions (application/enrolment process , framework conditions):

Master Service Centre
Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Zwaetzengasse 3

Email: master[at]uni-jena.de
Phone: +49 3641 931126
Fax: +49 3641 931128

Contact person for subject related questions:

PD. Dr. Peter Dittrich
Jena Centre for Bioinformatics (JCB)
Ernst-Abbe-Platz 1-4
07743 Jena

E-mail: peter.dittrich[at]uni-jena.de
Phone: +49 3641 946460
Fax: +49 3641 946302

URL: http://bio.informatik.uni-jena.de/