Master programme Bioinformatics

The focus of the Master programme Bioinformatics is the connection of methods from information technology, biology and mathematics in order to solve current questions in biology and medicine. The aim of the Master programme Bioinformatics is to prepare students to investigate scientific questions using contemporary methods.

The University of Vienna houses internationally renowned working groups in all subsections and application areas of Bioinformatics, such as biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics, and cooperates in interuniversity research institutes with human and veterinary medicine universities in the Viennese region.

Graduates of this programme will receive a well-founded and scientific-oriented education, will have subject-relevant and modern methodological skills and will be able to:

  • begin a PhD programme
  • do research at (non-)university research facilities
  • do fundamental and applied research in medicine, biotechnology, pharmaceutical research, agricultural and environmental sciences, computer science, and mathematics
  • plan and conduct scientific projects
  • work in science communications, research administration, and science management
  • do subject-relevant teaching at post-secondary educational institutions.



At a glance

Duration: 4 semesters
Credits: 120 ECTS points
Degree: Master of Science (MSc)
Language of Instruction: mainly English, German
Degree Programme Code: 875 [1]
Directorate of Studies: SPL 5 (Informatik und WIrtschaftsinformatik)


» Admission

» Requirements of Qualifications

» Semester overview

» Master Access Guide


Description of qualifications

To be admitted to the master programme in Bioinformatics, you need previous knowledge relevant to the field. You may prove the required knowledge by completing extension curricula (ECs).

» List of the required qualification descriptions for the Master's degree programme in Bioinformatics

These topics may be expected during your studies:

  • Programming and Programming languages
  • Data Mining & Statistics
  • structure and dynamics of RNA and protein
  • data analysis
  • systems biological analyses
  • Genomics
  • Algorithms

  • Sequencing-based predictions
  • Transcriptomics
  • Software Engineering
  • Phylogenomics
  • Image Processing & Image Analysis
  • Metagenomics
  • Metabolomics

 Insights into the study contents


During the first semester, there will be three introductory modules in order to align the levels of knowledge from the graduates of different bachelor programmes. In detail, the relevant knowledge of the subjects biology, computer science, and mathematics will be repeated or newly acquired.

During the second and third semester, students will be introduced to bioinformatics via mandatory modules. These will be supplemented by a selection of further courses from mathematics- and scientific-based disciplines.


The programme consists of:

  • Basics Biology, Computer Science, and Mathematics
    Basics: Biology for Bioinformatics, Basics: Computer Science for Bioinformatics, Basics: Computer Science for Bioinformatics
  • Bioinformatics
    Algorithmic Bioinformatics, Sequencing and Strucutral Bioinformatics, Statistical Methods of Bioinformatics, Software Development Project Bioinformatics

  • Specialisation
    Specialisation Bioinformatics & Specialisation Subject Area

The courses and lectures in the Master programme Bioinformatics are primarily held in English. It is therefore recommended to demonstrate » English language proficiency at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR).

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» Curriculum of the Master programme Bioinformatics

Study Guide

All important information about the procedure

The administrative steps listed here are fundamentally done by every student in the following order:


How do I enrol?

You are interested in studying a Master programme at the University of Vienna and would like to register? 

Your steps in the admission procedure depend on whether you have completed your previous degree programme at the University of Vienna or another university.

Description of qualifications

Professional entry requirements
To be admitted to the master programme in Bioinformatics, you need previous knowledge relevant to the field. You may prove the required knowledge by completing extension curricula (ECs). If you do not prove your previous knowledge by completing ECs, you have to provide a description of qualifications. This is a depiction of achievements, that correspond to the required ECs and that you obtained before your application for admission.

For details please see » professional requirements of qualification.



As soon as all your courses are listed in the transcript of records (“Sammelzeugnis”) and are graded positively, you can submit all necessary documents for your graduation.

» Required documents for graduation