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Life Science Informatics

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Course Languages English
Program Duration 2 years
Application Deadline Submission of application documents: each year by March 01 for the academic year starting in October of that year
Description of Content The program is distinguished by its international orientation, its focus on both natural sciences and IT competence and its high level of integration of research and teaching. The program is characterised by a significant share of research lab courses embedded in both basic and applied research of the participating Fraunhofer Institutes of Applied Information Technology (FIT) and for Algorithms and Scientific Computing (SCAI) in co-operation with regional industry.

The Master's Program in Life Science Informatics consists of three main blocks:

1. computer science and mathematics for natural scientists, 
2. basic principles of Life Science Informatics, 
3. biology of the cell and systems biology.

Major topics include:

- biomedical database systems
- management and retrieval of information
- data mining and machine learning
- statistical genetics
- drug design
- medical imaging and visualisation
- computational neuroscience
- computational modelling of regulatory and metabolics networks
- systems biology

Special courses and internships on information retrieval and data mining provide a special focus on (or within) the important application domain of biomedical information systems.

The program also includes training designed to sensitise students to the ethical implications of emerging biotechnologies.

The final six months of the programme are dedicated to the Master's thesis, which can be done in co-operation with industry.

The course contents are structured according to the ECTS (European Credit Transfer System). The program consists of three semesters with lectures/lab work, and a Master's thesis which is written in the final fourth semester. Lectures are usually accompanied by course assignments which have to be successfully completed by the students. Lab work is a substantial part of the program. Most of the courses are mandatory, some electives exist in the later semesters.
Tuition Fee

No tuition fee, student services contribution (Sozialbeitrag): 269,81 € per semester including a transportation ticket for Northrhine-Westphalia (as of winter term 2015)

Cost of Living The average monthly costs of living, including accommodation, food, books, and medical insurance amount to about EUR 700.
Special Services The Life Science Informatics Coordination Team offers support for visa, accommodation and during the studies at B-IT in Bonn.
Job Opportunities There is a work-study program (paid on a stipend basis) administered by the co-operating Fraunhofer Institutes for qualified students.

With its strong focus on biomedical research the University of Bonn and the University Hospital offer several interesting opportunities to work closely with experimental researchers. In addition, the ABCD region (Aachen, Bonn, Cologne, Duesseldorf) is home to many prospective employers, including global players such as Bayer, as well as many highly specialised medium-sized companies such as Gruenenthal.
Admission Requirement Language Requirements: Candidates must be able to speak and write English fluently (TOEFL 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based or IELTS 6.0). Basic command of the German language is recommended. German courses for foreign students are offered within the programme.
Academic / Other Requirements
Candidates must have a first degree awarded by an internationally recognised university-level institution (Bachelor of Science or Engineering) in Biology, Medicine, Pharmaceutics or Computer Science, or another closely related discipline. Candidates should have performed well above average in their undergraduate studies. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is strongly recommended.
In particular, the applicant must have knowledge equivalent to a one-year course in each of the following subjects: Analysis, Linear Algebra, Fundamentals of Biochemistry, Theoretical Biology, in the areas Programming, Data Structures and Algorithms, Computer Organisation and Design, Fundamentals of Theoretical Computer Science, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Cell Biology, Neurobiology, Biodiversity, Microbiology and Pharmacology.
Set of Competences to be Acquired The course program aims at educating talented and highly motivated women and men for leadership in the post-genomic era. The Master's degree in Life Science Informatics provides the qualifications needed for managing large projects in all fields of Life Sciences ranging from molecular biology to pharmaceutical drug design to computational neurobiology.

With a MSc degree in Life Science Informatics the graduate will be well-prepared for the typical job tasks in applied data analysis and data modelling, in industrial functional genomics, drug development and pharmacology.

This interdisciplinary programme will educate the participant to successfully master the novel technical and economic challenges at the crossroads of biotechnology, medicine, pharmaceutics and computer science.

Professor Dr. Jürgen Bajorath
Master's Program of Life Science Informatics Bonn-Aachen International Center for Information Technology (B-IT)

Dahlmannstrasse 2
53113 Bonn
Tel.: +49 / (0)2 28 / 26 99 304 (Secretary)
Fax: +49 / (0)2 28 / 26 99 341
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