Please note: This program is taught entirely in German – in addition to the summary information below, you can visit our German website for more detailed information about the program.
Bioinformatics is a rapidly expanding field that uses computational techniques to store, organize, and analyze biomolecular data. Bioinformatics skills are required in particular for the analysis of large biological data sets generated by national and international research projects, such as the Human Genome Project. There is a high global demand for graduates with a combination of advanced biological knowledge and specialized computer skills, so career prospects in fields such as biotechnology and pharmaceuticals are excellent. Munich is among the top three locations for life sciences in Germany and the region is home to a thriving biotechnology industry.
The program is a joint program between TUM and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet-Muenchen (LMU). The Bioinformatics bachelor's degree is taught over six semesters. The program provides students with a firm interdisciplinary grounding in informatics, mathematics, the natural sciences, and key bioinformatics techniques. The program comprises taught modules, seminars, and practical work and is taught jointly with LMU Munich.
In the first semesters of the program, you will be introduced to computational methods, including programming, modeling, databases, and data structures. You will study core mathematical concepts including algebra and stochastics, and will cover the key aspects of chemistry, biology, and biochemistry, including practical projects.
The bioinformatics part of the program in later semesters focuses on giving you a fundamental understanding of molecular processes and protein structures, including genome sequencing and analysis. You will then proceed to study databases and algorithmic processes in greater depth, before completing a four-month bachelor's thesis involving independent research on a specific topic area.
Who Should Apply?
You must be able to submit proof of advanced German language skills to qualify for admission to this program. All modules in this program are taught in German only.
You should also be able to demonstrate an aptitude for mathematics and an interest in economics, along with good German and English language skills. You should be able to communicate well with others and work as part of a team. The program is geared towards students who are seeking an interdisciplinary education in biology, chemistry, and informatics and who are aiming to go on to a career in bioinformatics or industrial research.
Students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree in the natural sciences (life sciences, mathematics, informatics) may be able to reduce the duration of the Bachelor's in Bioinformatics by three semesters.
Information on the application process and deadlines for international students applying to a bachelor’s program is available here.
From analyzing the human genome to exploring the structure of complex macromolecules, graduates of the Bachelor’s in Bioinformatics cross disciplinary boundaries to solve challenges in research, industry, medicine, and many other fields. Bioinformatics databases integrate massive amounts of diverse information, yet occupy relatively little space and allow fast, convenient access.
Meet some of our successful alumni in this field
Many bachelor’s students choose to continue on to one of the master’s programs offered in our department.