Degree Programs and Teaching

The use of computers for scien­tific purposes plays a signi­ficant role in many natural science fields. Computing is omnipresent in the life sciences, as well as in theore­ti­cally oriented physics and chemistry, and other areas of scien­tific research. Bioin­for­matics is now a part of the curri­culum in many life science degree programs. Parti­cu­larly, the focus of teaching lies on the appli­cation of bioin­for­matics methods, their oppor­tu­nities, and limita­tions. However, for the develo­pment of bioin­for­matics methods funda­mental computer science knowledge is required. In order to also create an indepth under­standing of the appli­cation field, i.e. life sciences, special inter­di­sci­plinary study programs have been created that cover both scien­tific fields. This webpage given an overview of the study programs with distinct bioin­for­matics content.

In Germany, there are diverse oppor­tu­nities to study bioin­for­matics. The beginning of such a path is the bachelor’s degree. In contrast to uni-disci­plinary programs with long tradi­tions, the contents and concepts of bioin­for­matics programs are very diverse. This reflects the broad thematic scope of bioin­for­matics: Almost all methods of computer science are now used in almost all areas of life science research. Therefore, a bioin­for­matics degree can be more appli­cation-oriented and thus closer to the life sciences, or more method-oriented and thus closer to computer science. Many univer­sities offer bioin­for­matics master degree programs for their students with a bachelors degree in Molecular Biology or Bioche­mistry on the one hand or Computer Science on the other. The orien­tation of a program can mostly be derived from its affiliation in the organization (i.e. the faculty). Eventually, the precise curri­culum defines the content and the overall structure of a program. Due to the hetero­geneity of the programs, rankings are less meaningful. Criteria for choosing a degree program should in any case include thematic alignment with one’s own interests and the thematic diversity at the programs affiliation. All univer­sities and colleges offer study consul­ta­tions; make use of this service!

Bioin­for­matics master programs offer similarly thematic varieties. When you are interested in a master program, please be aware that the selection criteria and admission requi­re­ments may vary signi­fi­cantly between the univer­sities. While at some univer­sities, master’s programs are tailored precisely to the bachelor’s programs offered at the same university, at others, master’s programs in bioin­for­matics are offered based on a broader spectrum of bachelor’s programs. As with the bachelor’s program, the thematic orien­tation and diversity should be the focus when choosing a program.

The infor­mation on degree programs on is based on infor­mation provided by univer­sities and colleges; all infor­mation is provided without guarantee. In parti­cular, we do not claim to be compre­hensive. If you notice that a program is missing, please let us know by email to

Please also consider our notes on programs and teaching.

Bachelor of Science

Master of Science