Bioinformatics (international) (M.Sc.)

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).


Students spend the first two semesters studying at either Saarland University or at the University of Science and Technology (South Korea); the third and fourth semesters are then spent at the other host institution. The Korean year can be spent either at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) in Seoul or at KIST Europe in Saarbrücken. Students can choose to complete their Master's research project and thesis in the fifth semester at either of the host institutions. Students must obtain at least 18 credits from UST and a further 60 ECTS credits from Saarland University. For more detailed information on programme content, please go to the programme website.

Requirements & application


Students applying to the M.Sc. programme must have a Bachelor's degree or equivalent in one of the following fields and a solid grounding in the other:

  1. Environmental Science/Environmental Engineering, Environmental Health, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology, Ecotoxicology/Toxicology
  2. Mathematics, Computer Science/Informatics, Bioinformatics

Applicants must provide proof of advanced proficiency in English by demonstrating that they have achieved one of the following minimum requirements: GER C1, IELTS 6.5 (overall), TOEFL iBT 90, CBT 233, PBT 577, TOEIC 810, TEPS 773.

How to apply

Students can join the programme at the beginning of the summer or winter semester. Applications should be received by 15. July for students wishing to begin in the winter semester and by 15. January for students looking to start their studies in the summer semester. Applications must be submitted via the Department of Computer Science online application portal. For more information on the application, please visit the programme website.


At a glance

Language of instructionEnglish
English language requirementsGER: C1, IELTS: 6.5 (overall), TOEFL iBT: 90, CBT: 233, PBT: 577, TOEIC: 810, TEPS: 773
Application deadlineWinter semester: 15 July
Summer semester: 15 January
Tuition feesNot applicable
Semester feeSee current fee structure
Web pageZentrum für Bioinformatik


Course adviser

Volkhard Helms
Center for Bioinformatics
Saarbrücken Campus
Building E2 1, Room 3.15
Phone: +49 681 302-70701

Central Student Advisory Service

Saarbrücken Campus
Building A4 4, Ground floor
Phone: +49 681 302-3513

Central Student Advisory Service

Saarbrücken Campus
Building A4 4, Ground floor
Phone: +49 681 302-3513

Central Student Advisory Service

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