|Study Guide to Masters and Bachelors Degree Courses|
Master Programme of Life Science Informatics
Bonn-Aachen International Center for Information Technology (b-it)
RWTH Aachen, University of Bonn, University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg and Fraunhofer
|Address||Bonn-Aachen International Center for Information Technology (b-it), Dahlmannstrasse 2, D-53129 Bonn, Germany|
|Web address||Visit the Course website|
|Course||Master Programme of Life Science Informatics|
|Type of course||Full-time||Length of course||2 years|
|Date of commencement||September every year, one intake per year|
|Class size||Around 25 students|
|Accommodation||Yes, accommodation is available. Upon request, students can reserve a room in one of the student dorms through the master programme of Life Science Informatics (Msc LSI Coordination Team is in charge).|
|Cost/Fees||No tuition fees, but an enrolment fee has to be paid|
|Exchange partner schools||RWTH Aachen in particular|
|Admissions requirements|| • Transcripts, also intermediate and preliminary transcripts|
• Secondary school leaving certificate (with grades)
• TOEFL or IELTS test result (mandatory document)
• Entrance exam to university (only if applicable)
• Statement of purpose
• GRE test (not mandatory but helpful for the application)
• Copy of your passport
• At least one letter of recommendation by a University Professor
TOEFL paper-based: 550
TOEFL computer-based: 213
iBT TOEFL: 80
6.0 in the overall band, and no single result below 6.0
1. National students: 5% / International students: 95% |
2. 50% women to 50% men
3. Age range 22-25
|Directors||Professor Dr. Stefan Wrobel, Institute director |
Professor Dr. Jürgen Bajorath, Head of the Life Science Informatics programme
|Contact for application||Dr. Alexandra Reitelmann, Study Co-ordinator |
The master programme of Life Science Informatics 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. Students who excel during their master's programme will also have the necessary qualifications to pursue a doctoral degree.
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. The master programme is accredited by ASIIN.
The international master programme in Life Science Informatics started in the autumn of 2002 at the Bonn-Aachen International Center for Information Technology (b-it). Life Science Informatics is offered by the University of Bonn and RWTH Aachen in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institutes at Sankt Augustin near Bonn. 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. The programme is distinguished by its international orientation, its focus on both natural science and IT competence, and its high level of integration of research and teaching. The master's programme in Life Science Informatics consists of four main blocks:
A unique feature of the programme is that students can either specialise in Bioinformatics or in Chemoinformatics.
The University of Bonn, founded in 1818, is now one of the major research universities in Germany. With its more than 500 professors and more than 5000 staff members it offers over 90 study programmes in seven schools. More than 35,000 students currently study at the University of Bonn, about 5000 of them are international students.
The school of Mathematics and Natural Sciences is one of the largest in Germany offering over 20 study programmes on the Bachelor and Master level. Large research schools enable students to continue their education in the field. They also facilitate an intensive exchange between research areas in the natural sciences. This allows for a multiplicity of choices and combinations on the master and PhD level. Several Max-Planck institutes (focus on basic research) and Fraunhofer institutes (focus on applied research) are also located in Bonn contributing to a highly stimulating research environment.
In 2016, the University of Bonn had a budget of approx. 571,0 million euros with a share of 183,3 million euros of third-party funding. Students at the University of Bonn also enjoy a very international environment in Bonn with several UN institutions and the United Nations University (UNU). The University of Bonn and the United Nations University exchange students and staff members and collaborate together on large-scale research projects. Moreover, the University of Bonn interacts with more than 70 partner universities worldwide with whom it exchanges students and staff members.
The City of Bonn offers student a varied student life with theatres, exhibitions and concerts. Many student ensembles add to this vibrant cultural environment. It should not be forgotten to mention carnival that distinguishes Bonn and the Rhineland, the beautiful Rhine valley and the Eifel National Park nearby.
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