Informatics in the Natural Sciences (M. Sc.)

This Master degree program combines informatics with either one of the subjects of biology, chemistry, physics, or biotechnology, in order to connect current methods and results of these life-science disciplines with those of informatics. Here, theoretical as well as applied subjects stand in the focus of teaching and research. Special attention is given to convey skills required to communicate with specialists in both fields.

The programme is designed for four semesters and 120 credit points. Exams are taken during the course of studies, according to an ECTS-compatible credit point system.

This program has an English-speaking branch which guarantees that courses will be offered to students not speaking German. A list of english study modules can be found here. Commands in English are veryfied by a language test (TOEFL (iBT) with a minimum of 87 points or telc English with a minimum grade of B2).

The Faculty of Technology will not incur any expenses for German courses for international students.

Module Structure  (Matriculation from Winter Semester 2016/2017)

Module Structure Informatics in the Natural Sciences

After finishing the degree program, students will be ready to work in science, but based on the competences acquired they will also be optimally prepared to engage in science-oriented projects and software development. Besides, qualifications acquired in informatics are comprehensive enough to have the best opportunities in the regular job market for computer scientists because, owing to the life-science component, you will look beyond the horizon of informatics as a purely technical discipline even while studies are still in progress.


The NWI Master programme is open to graduates of all related Bachelor studies that include parts belonging to either the life sciences or informatics. In addition, far-reaching exceptions permit the admission of particularly motivated students, even if they do not fulfill the requirements.
Application is open between June 1 and July 15 for the programme starting in the winter semester (mid-October) of each year under the following link: Online application form

In addition to completing the online application form, the following material is requested in German or English language, either in PDF or JPG format:

  • certificates or preliminary certificates of previous study results (requirements: at least 50 credit points (ECTS) in the area of basic computer science and at least 40 additional credit points in the natural sciences, at least a minimum of 120 credit points in a preliminary certificate, certificates for German or English knowledges if the bachelor degree is not from a German or English speaking institution)
  • transcripts of records of all previously achieved study results
  • curriculum vitae
  • optional: an application letter (up to 2 pages) indicating the applicant's motivation and scientific interests
Recognition of Study Achievements (in German)

Die Anerkennung von Leistungen und die Einstufung in ein höheres Fachsemester erfolgt nach einem einheitlichen Verfahren für alle Studiengänge.

Bitte beachten Sie, dass eine Einstufung NICHT einer Zulassung zu einem Studiengang entspricht. Hinweise zur Bewerbung für ein höheres Fachsemester finden Sie auf den Seiten des Studierendensekretariats.


Examination Office



Bielefeld University
Faculty of Technology
Postfach 10 01 31
D-33501 Bielefeld