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MSc Medical Informatics

Apply digital techniques and artificial intelligence in healthcare.

Key data

Master of Science in Medical Informatics
ECTS points
Studying mode
Full- and part-time
School days
Monday to Saturday
3 semesters (fulltime)
Teaching language
Stay abroad
Application fee
CHF 200


The deadline for applications for the autumn semester is 30 April of the relevant year.

Specialisation Medical Informatics

This master’s degree is in English and focuses on the latest information technology for the medical and pharmaceutical industries. Students will acquire knowledge and learn methods from the field of IT and develop expertise in biomedical data analysis, the application of artificial intelligence, visualization technologies, the handling of big data and related economic issues. As an example, the programme will address the question of how digitalization impacts on drug development, hospital processes and the health sector in general. An important focus of the master’s is personalized medicine. Our work related to digital data will also open up further areas such as data security, control mechanisms, decision-making models and ethical issues.

The numerous internships during the programme will enable students to analyze health data as well as apply and develop software for hospitals and the pharmaceutical industry. Leading providers from the healthcare industry will be actively involved in the study programme and will address innovative topics in seminars.

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Specialisation Pharma Informatics

This English-taught master's programme, centered in the Basel area - a global hub for pharmaceutical innovation - equips students with cutting-edge skills in informatics and mathematical methods tailored for the pharmaceutical industry. Emphasizing AI in drug discovery, the curriculum covers advanced informatics techniques, machine learning, and the application of mathematical models to innovate in drug development.
Students will engage with real-world pharmaceutical challenges through internships and collaborations with leading Basel-based pharmaceutical companies, gaining hands-on experience in applying informatics to accelerate drug discovery. The programme addresses key aspects such as personalized medicine, data security, ethical considerations in digital health, and the economic impact of informatics in the pharma sector.
By integrating theory with practical industry experience, this programme prepares graduates to pioneer advancements in drug discovery and development, leveraging the power of AI and informatics.

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Combining the expertise of medical doctors with the power of AI is the key to unlocking the full potential of modern medicine.

Dr. Uri Nahum, Dean of Master in Medical Informatics


Students will be working on current innovative projects at the interface between healthcare, computer science and economics. As a result, they will acquire knowledge in order to implement and develop digitalization in the health sector. As masters’ graduates they can take on tasks related to the application of artificial intelligence in drug discovery and personalized medicine, hospital information systems and economic processes. Possible employers are hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, federal institutions or insurance companies.


At least highly-qualified graduates are admitted to the master’s programme if they

  • have acquired a Bachelor's degree in life sciences, health sciences, computer sciences, information systems and/or a doctor in medicine  and have achieved grade A, B or ≥ 4.8  (≥ good)
  • or have an equivalent educational background and professional experience (college or university degree)
  • and successfully passed the interview
  • and have very good command of the English language.

Pre-masters’ courses are offered for students who lack some of the prior knowledge required. These can be declared by the Admissions Committee as a prerequisite to starting the programme. The courses are offered in e-learning format and are free of charge.

Prospective students who do not fully meet the admission requirements will be invited to an interview.

FHNW School of Life Sciences

FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland School of Life Sciences Hofackerstrasse 30 CH - 4132 Muttenz
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FHNW School of Business, Olten

FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland School of Business Riggenbachstrasse 16 CH - 4600 Olten