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Bioinformatics and Systems Biology (MSc)

Taught in German


Master of Science (MSc)

Duration of studies

4 semesters – 120 cp


since 21 August 2012

General Information

This consecutive degree course was developed jointly by faculties 7 - 11 of Justus Liebig University Giessen (JLU) and faculty 6 of the University of Applied Science Central Hesse (THM, Giessen campus).
Aim of this consecutive degree programme is to offer an advanced academic qualification and practical, research-based education focused on bioinformatics and systems biology. 
Both universities have a growing need for qualified scientists in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology for life sciences, in which the departments involved in the development conduct a variety of research activities.

Entrance requirements

The entry prerequisite for the Master’s degree course is a relevant Bachelor`s degree.
Relevant degree courses are
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biology
  • Informatics.
On request, other degrees can be recognised, provided that the attainment of at least 18 credit points in mathematics/statistics, biology and/or computer science can be proven. After that there will be an individual examination in each case.

Application and admission

  • This course of study is not limited internally.
  • The general application deadline of JLU Gießen is July 15th for the winter semester.
  • Information on the application procedure (in German)
  • Please note that the application period for the Master's course can be extended. This information will be published here (in German).

Commencement of studies

only possible in the winter semester

Composition of degree programme

Study Plan
The core curriculum in the first, and also partly the second semester, is intended to overcome any potential knowledge deficits in students coming from a wide variety of disciplines, and to promote learning in fields that may not have been studied to great depth previously. To this end, as part of the preliminary discussions, an individual profile of the modules to be completed in the first study phase is created for every student.

In the second semester, the advanced phase of study begins and students select two out of four possible options. At the same time, preparation begins for the research-oriented second year, which culminates with a written dissertation.
The interdisciplinary education builds on the fundamentals of biology, biomedicine, mathematics and computer science and focuses on the acquisition of:
  • in-depth methodological expertise in bioinformatics/systems biology,
  • special expertise in genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics,
  • expertise in the development of new algorithms in high-throughput data analysis,
  • expertise in in-silico modelling of complex biological processes and systems.
The students select two of the four following specialisations to deepen their knowledge and build their individual profile:
  • development of innovative algorithms in bioinformatics,
  • genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics ("molecular" systems biology),
  • modelling of complex biological processes and systems,
  • high-throughput data analysis.

Further information

Career Options

Bioinformatics and systems biology are new, up-and-coming and challenging branches of science at the interface of the computer science and life sciences disciplines. Modern molecular biology, biotechnology and medicine rely to an ever greater extent on computer methods; bioinformatics and systems biology are thus essential to the current advances being made in these fields. The goal of the bioinformatics and systems biology course is therefore to train experts at the interface of the computer science and life sciences disciplines so as to advance these innovative emerging disciplines.
In biotechnology, bioinformatics/systems biology are regarded as key technologies. There is high demand for such expertise from industry as it is only by using the methods of bioinformatics that knowledge can be generated from the wealth of biological data (data mining). Large pharmaceutical companies as well as biotechnology start-ups have a high demand for bioinformatics and systems biology specialists.
The knowledge and skills acquired in the technical and methodological modules allow graduates of this course to obtain employment in a variety of professions that can be divided into the following main groups:
  • research institutes dealing with high-throughput analysis and/or modelling of biosystems,
  • molecular and biomedicine-oriented analysis and diagnostics in industrial environments,
  • bioinformatics departments in the pharmaceuticals and life sciences industry,
  • providers of bioinformatics system solutions as a service to the pharmaceuticals and veterinary pharmaceuticals industry,
  • specialist agencies for patent and information technology.
Work placements in a professional field give students the opportunity to familiarise themselves with a potential working environment. In addition, the entire research- and practice-based approach of the 3rd and 4th semester provides students with a good opportunity to become familiar with different working and occupational settings in research and development.

Subject advisor

Dr. Jochen Blom
Study Coordinator
Heinrich Buff Ring 58, Room I 0003b
35392 Giessen
Phone: 0641 - 99 35803


Further up-to-date information for students