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Bioinformatics is a newly emerging interdisciplinary research area in which Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, and Genetics as well as Theoretical and Applied Computer Science merge into a new discipline. Bioinformatics plays already an important role in all areas of Life Sciences, in particular in Pharmaceutical and Medical Sciences. Due to the explosive growth of biological data, e.g. in the context of national and international genome projects, Bioinformatics heaviliy relies on computational and mathematical methods. Modern Computer Science techniques permit the generation of mathematical models in Life Sciences, its efficient prediction, and the evaluation of these models.
Progress in biological research is based more and more on techniques for modelling biological data, efficient algorithms to process biological data, and methods to extract relevant information from large biological data bases. Since methods of Bioinformatics are already industrially used and there are hardly any graduates in Bioinformatics so far, there is a high demand of skilled Bioinformaticians in industry as well as in research centers and universities
The Master Program consists of modules in the following areas: Bioinformatics (at least 66 Credits including a mandatory lab course Bioinformatics and master thesis), Informatics (at least 18 Credits), Biology and Biochemistry (at least 18 Credits), Mathematics and Statistics. For the Master degree a total of 120 Credits has to be completed.
The Master Program in Bioinformatics are being jointly offered by the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) and the Technische Universität München (TUM). The LMU is responsible for the admission and enrollment of students whereas the TUM is responsible for examination matters.
A Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics or an equivalent degree is a prerequisite for admission to the Master's Program in Bioinformatics.
A `Proof of German Language Proficiency' is required for admission.
For admission to the Master's program, an `Assessment of Aptitude to Study Bioinformatics' is mandatory since winter term 2007/08. The application deadline is July 15 or January 15 for the following winter or summer term, respectively.
Please note that you have to apply concurrently for admission at the Registrar's Office or at the International Office at the LMU (depending on your citizenship) until July 15 or January 15 .
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