Degree Programs

Study programs are listed under their official names (usually in German, English in some cases) titles on the left. WS/SS indicates whether the program commences in the winter or summer semester.

Biochemistry – Master

Faculty Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Target degree Master
Restriction on admission yes
Regular duration of study 4 semester
Admission semester winter and summer semester
Degree type graduate
Language of instruction English only

Course content

Degree contents

The 2-year degree in English will provide you with knowledge of the very latest developments in biochemical, molecular and cellular biology as well as with cutting edge laboratory and bioinformatics skills.


What sets this program apart is its broad approach. It offers you an in-depth look at many aspects of molecular life science without early specialization, while allowing you to dig deeper in areas of your choice. Topics range from biochemical, structural, cellular and molecular biology to neuroscience, cell signalling, plant physiology as well as cancer biology.


The course is highly modular and adaptable to your personal preferences. Few elements of the degree are fixed and there is a wealth of options. You will be given the opportunity to work in several different labs to hone your skills and develop your preferences.


The master is organized by the Interfaculty Institute of Biochemistry (IFIB) which is a tight-knit community of a dozen research groups. Like the degree, the local labs cover a broad range of research topics from structural biochemistry to model organisms. On top of the in-house expertise, several excellent research institutions working in the fields of developmental biology, biocybernetics and neuroscience are located in the immediate vicinity.


More details on the IFIB-homepage or in the course flyer.

Selection process

Selection procedure

Bachelor grade, practical lab experience, entrance exam, CV

Admission prerequisites

Admission requirements

Complete online application via the university portal

Application deadline for spring is 15 Jan.

Application deadline for fall is 31 May.


A typical pass grade for admission is 2.1 to 2.5 with points from the entrance exam. You can apply without taking part in the exam relying solely on your bachelor grade. In this case the pass grade is usually below 2.0.

Foreign language requirements

Language requirements

Since the degree is completely in English, you will need very good written and spoken English. No formal certificate is required, if you are a native speaker, if your previous degree was taught in English or if your school-leaving exam gives evidence of a sufficient level of English. If the above does not apply, we accept any of the international English language certificates (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS). We do not require proof of German language skills.

Professional fields

Job prospects

Most students go on to do a PhD in a competitive international institution after completing their Masters in Tübingen. Long-term employment perspectives are in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry as well as in research.

PhD options

Please find information regarding a PhD in biochemistry here:


Interfaculty Institute of Biochemistry

Hoppe-Seyler-Straße 4

D - 72076 Tübingen

Email: master[at]

Subject-related counselling


Program coordinator

Jakob Suckale, PhD

Telefon +49-(0)7071 29 73363

Email admission[at]

Examination office


Ms. Mine Cosgun

Interfaculty Institute of Biochemistry

Hoppe-Seyler-Straße 4

Telephone +49 (0)7071 29 72451

Email: biochemie(at)

Homepage Prüfungsamt

Exam regulations

You can find a formal description of the degree here.

Module handbook

You can find an overview of courses and modules here.

Exchange programs

We encourage international research rotations most of which are organized with our support on an individual basis. See also:


Find the pages of our alumni organization at .


We admit a minimum of 7 students in spring and 18 in fall. The total number depends on the quality of applications.


Biochemie, Biochemistry, biochemistry, molecular medicine, immunology, cancer, infection, microbiology, neuroscience, cell biology, molecular biology, chemistry, physics, biophysics, bioinformatics

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