Bioinformatics is an emerging discipline that brings together the information sciences (informatics, mathematics, statistics) and the life sciences (biology, chemistry, medicine, biotechnology). Bioinformatics looks at how computer-aided techniques can be applied to biological processes, particularly in the fields of medicine and pharmaceutical research. Informatics methods can be used to construct mathematical models for analyzing biological data sets generated by large research projects, such as the Human Genome Project.
Bioinformatics is a key technology and experts with specific, interdisciplinary skills in this field are highly sought after by biotechnology companies. Career prospects are excellent due to a shortage of well-qualified bioinformatics graduates with the right scientific and technical background.
The Master's in Bioinformatics program follows on from the Bachelor's in Bioinformatics program. It is taught over four semesters and is designed to equip students with a thorough understanding of bioinformatics, informatics, and molecular biology/biochemistry. There is a variety of options students can choose from according to their personal interests.
The program is taught jointly with LMU Munich, which means students benefit from contact with leading experts and research specialists at both universities. TUM and LMU Munich offer an extensive list of modules and research areas to choose from, including protein prediction, sequence analysis, databases, software engineering, structural biology, and biochemistry. Teaching and learning methods include elective modules, practical work, and a research project. Graduates of the Master's in Bioinformatics program will be very well qualified for careers in both industry and research, including pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.