Further Information for Applicants to the Master`s StudyMarch 22, 2023 2023-06-07 12:58
Further Information for Applicants to the Master`s Study
Applicants need to have at least a bachelor degree in a subject related to bioinformatics. Additionally, we require that you provide evidence of
A strong background in computer science
Good mathematical abilities
A thorough education in life sciences documented by experimental and theoretical courses
Solid basic training in bioinformatics
Good knowledge of the English language
Please apply online using the following application platform. Be sure to note which semester you are applying for. Applications for a semester whose application deadline has passed will not be considered.
These documents are mandatory to be submitted: your cv, your bachelor transcript with course overview and a statement of purpose.
Note that we do not require evidence of English proficiency in the form of a TOEFL test etc. In order to complete the application procedure, please upload an empty PDF document instead of the English test. Also, recommendation letters are not mandatory. If you do not name reviewers to upload recommendation letters, we will upload blank PDF documents after the application deadline. You will not be able to do this yourself.
If you are applying for two programs, be sure to note that your application can only be evaluated if all required documents for both programs have been submitted by the deadline. Otherwise, your application will remain incomplete and will not be evaluated.
There are two deadlines per year: November 15 for the summer term and May 15 for the winter term.
The application committee generally decides within two weeks after the application deadline. You will be informed immediately by e-mail.
Yes, we generally allow applicants who have been admitted to shift their starting date in the program by one semester. This may be helpful, e.g., if you have problems obtaining your visa for Germany in time, or if special circumstances arrive.
About the MSc Program in Bioinformatics
No, the Center for Bioinformatics does not offer fellowships or studentships. However, you may apply for admission to the International Graduate School of the Max Planck Institute of Computer Science or for the Graduate School of Computer Science. Bioinformatics can also be studied as part of these programs. You should also check the information of the German Exchange Service DAAD about their regulations for your home country.
The program is planned for four semesters including three semesters of lectures and one for the final master thesis.
No, all core courses of the master program are taught in English language. Some additional classes are given in German.
Exemplary schedules and further information about classes is given here.
You find these information on the website of each course. An interactive map of the campus is available here.
Yes, Saarland University offers German language courses for beginners. English language courses can be credited towards satisfying the free points requirements of the master’s degree.
The admission letter
The voucher for payment of the semester fee
A certified copy of your university diploma
A copy of your passport
The registration form
Certification of your health insurance
For further details, please see “Documents to be submitted for your enrolment”
The semester fee is 293€ (summer semester 2023) including the semester travel ticket that allows students to freely use public transportation in Saarland. There is no tuition fee for the master program. Further information is given here. Only bank transfer is possible, to be paid before registration.
Before the registration you need an obligatory health insurance contract available from any public health insurance company of about € 120 per month or a contract with a private company.
No, these checks are not required to get a health insurance contract.
This enrolment portal is available in English too.
Special information for foreign students is provided by the Centre for International Students at Saarland University.
You can apply for an accommodation in a students´ residence right after having registered, see information about the students´ residences and private accommodations here.
For the first days, you can book a room in the International Youth Hostel that is near to the University.
No, these checks are not required to get a health insurance contracaAfter having registered as a student, you have to register online for the exams of the courses when the examination dates are known on HIS-Online-Portal. There, you also find the courses overview. Some lectures have additional regulations.t.