Master of Science in Biology

The MSc course in biology is designed to provide high-level qualifications based on the systematic and critical acquisition and augmentation of scientific knowledge. The degree offers students targeting a career in the life sciences a high-quality, professional qualification in a specialized field of their choice. They will learn to apply leading-edge scientific methods and benefit from the latest developments in their specialized area. Their ability to derive concrete questions from general concepts and to subject them to theoretical and practical analysis and test will be enhanced. In addition, they will acquire proficiency in areas such as professional, independent research work, teamwork, efficiency, written and oral presentation in both German and English, health and safety regulations in the workplace and responsibility towards society and the environment. 




The standard period of study for the MSc degree is two years (four semesters), at the end of which the master’s examination is taken. Each student chooses one of five areas of specialization offered in the framework of the degree course. The study programme for the first and second years comprises of courses for which a total of 90 credit points are awarded. At least 72 credit points must be earned from courses offered by the Biology Department, and at least 60 of these points must be from one’s chosen area of specialization. The remaining credit points can be selected among the various courses offered by the University according to the availability of free places. 

In addition, three supplementary subjects “Ethics in the Life Sciences”, “Human Genetics” and “Parasitology” will be offered. Each of these subjects represents a separate entity within the master’s programme. The successful completion of one of these supplementary subjects will earn at least 18 credit points and will be noted in the master’s degree certificate.

The master’s thesis is expected to be completed in the second year and is estimated to take six months (30 credit points).  

Areas of Specialization


  • Supplementary Subject Ethics in the Life Sciences (organization: Dr. László Kovács)
  • Supplementary Subject Human Genetics (organization: Dr. T. Schmidt, Medizinische Genetik)
  • Supplementary Subject Parasitology (organization: Dr. A. Kreidenweiss, Tropenmedizin)


Applications are possible for the winter semester (closing date: 15th July, 70 places) and for the summer semester (deadline: 15th January, 20 places).

Selection criteria:

  • Bachelor’s degree grade or grade in an equivalent examination. The degree certificate must state the average grade achieved.
  • An upgrade of up to 0,5 is possible if one of the following applies: completed vocational training in an area of biology (e.g. BTA, MTA,….), internship (not academic training during studies!) or work experience abroad of at least 6 weeks’ duration in a biology-related area
  • Proof of knowledge of German (TestDaF 4)

Application details to be found here


On legal grounds, applicants can only be admitted to the MSc Biology course. Direct admission to one of the areas of specialization is not possible. The places in the areas of specialization will be finally allocated at the start of the semester (criteria: bachelor’s degree grade). Applicants will be informed in good time about the expected availability of places in the areas of specialization, which will also depend on the acceptance rate. For admission to Molecular Cell Biology & Immunology, the most popular area of specialization in 2010, the grade limit was 2,1.

 Please note that those wishing to start their course in the summer semester cannot take Microbiology, Molecular Cell Biology/Immunology or Neurobiology. If you are interested in one of these areas of specialization, please apply for the winter semester.