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Old 02-12-2014, 05:22 AM   #4
Stroehli
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Both the University of Munich and the University of Saarland are well-renowned in the German bioinformatic community. I personally haven't heard of the Bonn-Achen center, so I cannot say anything about that.

I just finished my Masters in Bioinformatics at the Free University Berlin. From the next semester on the whole Masters course will be held in English. That would be another good option for you if you intend to study in Germany. A lot of the courses are very theoretical/methodical though (but I think that will be the case for Munich as well). Take a look at the courses that are offered and see what your preferences are. Do you want to work more applied or more methodically?

Plus, Berlin is by far the nicest of the three cities And cheaper to live than in Munich.

Regarding the question if to do a PhD or not:
I see a lot of job openings that require a PhD. I think you will definitely have more options with a PhD. If you want to become a PI then you will have to do a PhD. I personally decided to do one now. I think an additional three years are also a great opportunity to gain so much experience in a field and really specialize. But as already said, it really depends what you want to do.

If you have any more questions regarding bioinformatics in Germany (or Germany in general) feel free to PM me.

Cheers,
Stroehli
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