When does a mixture of chemicals in wastewater pose a health threat to humans? Which of the microorganisms in contaminated ground can cause disease? Diagnosing environmental damage today usually involves gathering huge sets of data that are then analysed using the techniques of bioinformatics and linked with other data sources.

Modern diagnostic techniques are used, for example, to examine microbial populations, analysing them to determine which proteins they contain and to characterize their gene sequences. Other questions of interest concern safety issues that arise when complex mixtures of chemicals are present in wastewater: How hazardous is a particular cocktail of toxins? And what effect does it have on the human body? The specialists who can provide answers to these questions have to understand complex biological and pharmaceutical mechanisms and processes, and must have a good command of the methodologies used in informatics and environmental engineering.

The Master's degree programme 'Bioinformatics (international)' links the fields of bioinformatics and environmental engineering. The programme is run jointly by Saarland University and the University of Science and Technology (UST) in South Korea. The M.Sc. programme is based on the mutual recognition of academic credits from the Master's degree course 'Bioinformatics' (Saarland University) and 'Energy and Environmental Engineering' (UST).

Course of study Bioinformatics (international)
Type of programme Consecutive Master's degree programme
Degree qualification Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Accreditation Quality assurance system accredited by the Accreditation Council
Language of instruction English
English language requirements CEFR: C1, IELTS: 6.5 (overall), TOEFL iBT: 90, CBT: 233, PBT: 577, TOEIC: 810, TEPS: 773
Start of programme Winter semester or summer semester
Application deadline 15.01.2020 for summer semester 2020
Where to apply Online application portal – Computer Science
Tuition fees Students are exempted from tuition fees. However, they have to pay the semester fee.
Study counselling Central Student Advisory Service
Course advisers Contact the course adviser
Web page Center for Bioinformatics