Bioinformatik (Master of Science)

Conditions of admission


Course content and focus areas  The Master program is the second part of the consecutive Bachelor/Master study in Bioinformatics. It is based on a Bachelor program in Bioinformatics and covers advanced topics from a research and application oriented perspective. The following four topics are
obligatory: (1) Sequence Analysis / Data Mining, (2) Network Analysis / Systems Biology, (3) Structure Analysis / Molecular Modeling, and (4) Neuroprocesses / Computational Neurobiology. Additionally there is the possibility to choose from more than 50 elective modules from computer science, biology, mathematics, chemistry, medicine, and biophysics, in order to specalize in one or two research directions or to learn more about the various application disciplines of Bioinformatics.

Study abroad is explicitly supported. Moreover, soft-skills, for example teaching a tutorial, advising students in a mentoring program and writing a research grant proposal will be acquired. The study finishes with a Master thesis.
Detailed information Information from the department
Study regulations
Degree Master of Science in Bioinformatics
Duration The standard length of study for the Master of Arts is 4 semesters.
Languages of instruction German (and English)
Start of the programme The program starts at the beginning of the winter or summer semester.
Student advisory service

Dr. Jörg Ackermann
Institut für Informatik
Robert-Mayer-Straße 11-15
60054 Frankfurt am Main

Tel: 069-798-24654

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Conditions of admission

Admission requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree in Bioinformatics or comparable degree;
  • entrance examination + CV;
  • English language skills (level B1);
  • Applicants with an international university entrance qualification and Bachelor's degree must prove sufficient German language skills according to the regulations of the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH), the German language test for university entrance.
Provisional admission Applicants currently enrolled on a Bachelor’s program for Computer Science can be admitted provisionally on the basis of a preliminary transcript of records, provided that they have:
  1. at least 80% of the required for the bachelor's degree CP (normally 144 credit points) in Bioinformatics 
  2. already finished the Bachelor’s thesis, or if the thesis is about to be finished and the tutor has written a letter of recommendation
Provisional admission is valid until the end of the first semester of the master’s program. The bachelor’s degree must thus be handed in by March 31 (winter intake) or September 30 (summer intake) the latest.
Mode of admission Admission is not restricted. Students will be directly admitted if the admission requirements are met in full.

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Documents to be submitted
  1. If you are not already enrolled at Goethe-University:
    entrance qualification (e.g. A- Levels)
  2. Copy of the final degree certificate; applicants from a “Diplom” programme should submit a copy of the “Pre-Diploma” certificate
  3. The relevant Diploma Supplement or equivalent documents (performance records stating courses, module descriptions, etc.)
  4. English language skills (level B1)
  5. If the Bachelor's degree has not yet been completed:
    - transcript of records or equivalent document listing the content of the study programme and average grade
    - letter of recommendation from the thesis advisor (Download in the online application portal or here)
    certification of enrolment
  6. Course description of all courses stated on the undergraduate degree
  7. CV
International students also have to submit the following documents:
  • APS certificate for applicants from India, Vietnam and China (original)
Application period 01.04. - 15.06. for the winter semester
01.12. - 15.01. for the summer semester 
Address for applications Online application portal for Master's study programs

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