Medical Informatics - Master

Key data on study program


Academic Degree

Restricted admission

Regular duration of studies
4 semester

Is a combination subject required?

Application deadline 1st semester

Application deadline for Germans and EU citizens 
Winter semester: 30.09

Application deadline for non-EU citizens
Winter semester: 15.07

Valid for all applicants with German or EU university entrance qualification.

Program start
Winter semester

Language of instruction
German, English

Tuition and other fees

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Requirements and application

This degree program is free of admission, i.e. you will receive a study place if you meet the admission requirements. An application is nevertheless required to check these prerequisites. There is no selection procedure.

Admission to the master's program is open to students who have passed the examination in a bachelor's degree program in medical informatics or a comparable subject such as bioinformatics, computational biology or computer science, or who have a comparable university degree of at least six semesters and have passed the university final examination with a grade of at least 2.5.

Course languages are German (GER B2-C1 (Testdaf4444 or DSH2)) and English (GER B2-C1 (Testdaf4444 or DSH2)).

The Medical Informatics program cannot be complemented with a minor subject.

Program details

The Master of Medical Informatics teaches the fundamental principles, concepts and methods of informatics and, beyond that, of human medicine and natural sciences. The study program enables students to work on tasks in various fields of application in close cooperation with medicine under given technical, economic and social boundary conditions using the means of computer science, to develop corresponding systems and to manage projects.

With the appropriate choice of modules in the study areas, it is possible to complete the program exclusively in English.

At the University of Tübingen you will find a strong and established Computer Science together with the renowned Medical Faculty - ideal conditions for the Master's program in Medical Informatics.

In the four-semester course of study of the Master's program in Medical Informatics, a total of 120 ECTS is acquired. The fourth semester of the program is reserved for the completion of the master's thesis. The program consists of the modules "Advanced Medical Informatics", "Advanced Bioinformatics", "Medical Informatics Seminar", "Research Project in Medical Informatics" and the final module. In addition, there are the three profiles for

  • Students who have a bachelor's degree in medical informatics or bioinformatics (option A)

  • Students who have a bachelor's degree in medical technology, biology or a related subject (variant B) or

  • Students who have a bachelor's degree in computer science or a related subject (Variant C).

The Erasmus-Program (Uppsala, Schweden) offers specific opportunities for studying abroad to students of computer science-related disciplines.

Optional time abroad
You may choose to spend some time abroad as part of any study program. You should start planning it 12 to 18 months before your departure. 
Here you will find general information and advice on studying abroad. In addition, some departments have their own subject-specific services providing information on studying abroad.

Tübingen's computer science department is one of the strongest in research in Germany and is internationally renowned. It maintains close collaborations with major business enterprises and research institutes (e.g. three Max Planck Institutes in Tübingen) on a national and international level. It is characterized by interdisciplinary cooperation with medicine, biology, psychology, media science and many other departments at the University of Tübingen.

Tübingen is part of the Stuttgart metropolitan area, one of the strongest economic regions in Europe with a flourishing automotive industry and IT sector. Tübingen and the surrounding area (including Reutlingen, Böblingen, Sindelfingen as well as the tinkerer region Neckar-Alb) is home to many university spin-offs, startups, medium-sized companies and large enterprises with a high demand for computer scientists.

In addition to excellent future prospects, this environment also offers numerous opportunities for part-time student jobs.

Facts and figures:

In the winter term 2020/21 about 2090 students study at the Department of Computer Science:

  • Bioinformatik Bachelor of Science:                         107
  • Bioinformatik/Bioinformatics Master of Science: 122
  • Bioinformatik Promotion:                                           32
  • Informatik Bachelor of Science Hauptfach:   676
  • Informatik Bachelor of Science Nebenfach:    68
  • Informatik Master of Science:                          257
  • Informatik Promotion:                                        110
  • Informatik Bachelor of Education:                  75
  • Informatik Bachelor of Education berufl LA:   2
  • Informatik Master of Education:                        9
  • Informatik Vorleistungen Erweiterungsfach: 6
  • Erweiterungsprüfung:                                          6
  • Informatik Lehramt:                                             1
  • Kognitionswissenschaft Bachelor of Science: 243
  • Kognitionswissenschaft Master of Science:    126
  • Kognitionswissenschaft Promotion:                   19
  • Machine Learning Master of Science: 22
  • Medieninformatik Bachelor of Science: 143
  • Medieninformatik Master of Science:      53
  • Medizininformatik Bachelor of Science:                                 89
  • Medizininformatik/Medical Informatics Master of Science: 15

The module manual can be find on the Websites of the Department of Computer Science. The module handbook describes the goals and structure of a degree program. In the module handbook you will find details of the type of modules offered and their respective workloads as well as the classes, requirements and assessment. An ideal course plan is set out in the module handbook to help you plan your studies. The module handbook and the exam regulations help you to understand the framework and conditions of your program, and enable you to choose the right modules/ classes.

The exam regulations of the M.Sc. Medical Informatics contain the legally binding regulations for a degree program. They set out, for instance, which modules must be taken and which assessment must be completed in order to successfully complete the degree program. The exam regulations also regulate how often exams may be repeated, which deadlines apply to assessment, and how the final grade is calculated. The exam regulations and the module handbook help you to understand the framework and conditions of your program, and enable you to choose the right modules/ classes.

After your studies

All areas of the IT industry, particularly in the diverse career fields of medical information processing and healthcare.

Advice and internships
The University’s Career Service assists with careers orientation and getting started in your profession. Jobs and internships can be found in the Praxisportal.

Graduates of the Master program have the opportunity to continue with a PhD. For further information see the website Faculty of Science - Doctoral Studies.

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