Please note! You can only enroll in the Bachelor's degree program
Bioinformatics until Summer Semester 2020. This degree program is being replaced by the Bachelor's degree
program Artificial Intelligence (AI).


Linking "Life Sciences" - biology, genetics, medicine, pharmacy and computational sciences - with computer science, mathematics and statistics has made the field of Bioinformatics indispensable. Researchers analyze, interpret, visualize and simulate biological data using methods of computer science and mathematics. Bioinformatics contributes significantly to understanding an organism's molecular biological processes. The Bachelor's degree program Bioinformatics is a double degree program offered together with the South Bohemia University (USB) in České Budějovice offering a versatile and future-oriented educational curriculum designed to prepare graduates for various innovative occupational fields, such as pharmaceutical or biomedical research, genetics, biotechnology, data analysis, software development and much more.

Your Benefits

  • Broad, base-knowledge education
  • Learn problem-solving skills
  • Interdisciplinary education
  • Focus on research and international aspects

Bachelor's Degree Program
in Bioinformatics


Double Degree: Bachelor of Science (BSc)
(JKU/Linz) and Bachelor (Bc.) (USB/České Budějovice)


6 Semesters


Linz and Budweis


180 Credits


English (B2)

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Program Objectives, Job Opportunities, Career Prospects


Bioinformatics is the science of interpreting, visualizing, and simulating biological data by applying methodological approaches in Computer Sciences and Mathematics to acquire an understanding of an organism’s molecular biology.

Expertise in Bioinformatics opens doors to opportunities and applications in the following fields:

  • In biology, to understand cell function
  • In medicine, to develop diagnostic and preventative procedures as well as treatments
  • In genetics, to find genetic causes of illnesses and study the evolutionary development of humans
  • In pharmaceutics, to develop new drugs

The research-oriented program focuses on current topics and provides students with individual attention and support services. Early on in the program, students develop problem-solving skills, focus on current scientific issues, and are individually integrated into the institute’s academic activities.


The academic degree program in Bioinformatics is versatile, future-oriented, and interdisciplinary, preparing students for a variety of innovative professions that require expertise and skills in both life sciences and IT. Graduates can pursue careers in the pharmaceutical industry, the chemical field, in food technology, or at biotechnology companies. In addition, graduates can pursue a career at companies that create software for use in biology, physics, medicine or chemistry.


Recommended Study Plan

As part of the Bachelor’s degree program, students are required to complete courses totaling 180 ECTS credits in the following areas:

SEMESTER S1** S2** S3* S4* S5*** S6***
Computer Science x x x x x x
Mathematics/Statistics x x     x  
Biology/Genetics x x     x  
Bioinformatics   x x x x  
Chemistry   x x x x  
Soft Skills x x x x x  

Area of Specialisation

    x x x x
Free Electives       x x x
Bachelor's Thesis           x
Bachelor's Examination (USB)           x

*JKU Linz **USB ***JKU/USB

Additional Information


Complete the program at two universities:

  • Semesters 1 – 2: USB Budweis
  • Semesters 3 – 4: JKU Linz
  • Semesters 5 – 6: JKU Linz/USB Budweis


Students in the program should have a B2 level of proficiency in English.

Preparation Courses

The courses have been designed especially for newly enrolled students and cover educational content from higher-level secondary schools in a compressed format. Participation is not mandatory. Click here for detailed information.


Admission Requirements

  • General higher education entrance qualifications (such as an Austrian "Matura" diploma)
  • Please note: The first year of the program takes place at the USB Budweis! Contact the Institute for Machine Learning for detailed information about admission requirements and starting your studies.

Contact the Admissions Office for additional information about the admission requirements.

Please note! You can only enroll in the Bachelor's degree program
Bioinformatics until Summer Semester 2020. This degree program is being replaced by the Bachelor's degree
program Artificial Intelligence (AI).


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