The JKU Master in Bioinformatics is a 2 years full-time program with 120 ECTS points. It is an interdisciplinary study with all courses in English. The first semester is a transitional phase of bridge modules that prepares students from various fields for the following courses according to their prior education.
JKU is a vibrant place to study and a premier institution for research. It is among the top young universities in Europe and has a strong commitment to fundamental and applied research.
I started studying Bioinformatics in Linz in 2006 as one of the very first students. I' ve chosen this curriculum after passing my Bachelor in Technical Mathematics. The main reason was that I wanted to apply my mainly theoretically mathematical skills to practical life science problems. I really enjoyed the familiar atmosphere between us students and also between students and the whole faculty team. Learning all the state-of-the-art methods of bioinformatics was very exiting for me, because it includes getting insights into many different fields, such as biology, medicine, computer science, mathematics, chemistry an so on. Currently I am still at the institute of bioinformatics in Linz, working towards my PhD degree and teaching practical courses in machine learning.
After finishing my BSc in Computer Science, I was looking for a way to apply my skills in the natural sciences. Bioinformatics seemed like a natural choice. The master study at the JKU is very research oriented, with students working at relevant research topics during their pratical work and thesis. Bioinformatics can mean a lot of different things to different people. At Linz, the focus is on recognizing patterns in data and extracting knowledge from measurements, but you also have the option to pick lectures more oriented towards biology or genetics.
I found that Linz is a great place to study. The city is located right in the middle between Salzburg and Vienna, and the boarder to the Czech Republic isn't far, either! The city itself also has a lot to offer, but my favourite place overall was the JKU's campus. You can always find students gathering, studying, working on projects together or just generally having a good time. That made my study-experience especially memorable.
After my medical studies I enrolled in the Bioinformatics master at JKU Linz because it allowed me to enter the masters program directly with my medical degree. I especially like that most of the students are from different fields and different countries. Therefore you learn a lot about other cultures, but you can also really help each other out. Already at an early stage I was actively involved in the research of the Institute of Bioinformatics which encouraged me to pursue my PhD studies here. Currently I’m working towards my PhD degree and teach exercises in sequence analysis and phylogenetics as well as in machine learning.
Bachelor in Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Chemistry, Biology, Medicine or related. See View Website and View Website
363.36 euro for EU/EEA citizens (can be waived), 726.72 euro for non EU/EEA citizens
Recipient: Johannes-Kepler University Linz
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