Department of Biology

Cellular and Molecular Biology of Plants

The M.Sc. programme, Cellular and Molecular Biology of Plants, provides students with an understanding of the manifold life processes in plants at biochemical, molecular, cellular and physiological levels. The curriculum covers the theoretical explanatory approaches, principles and methods in the life sciences as well as the distinctive features of the molecular life processes in plants.

The focus of the course is on the in-depth scientific investigation of the molecular mechanisms that control the processes of plant development and adaption to biotic and abiotic environments and enable the interplay of the developmental and adaptive processes.

Course language is English. Some individual required elective courses are conducted in German.


Application is possible for the winter semester (deadlines: September 15th EU citizens, July 15th Non-EU citizens) and for the summer semester (deadlines: March 31st EU, January 15th Non-EU). At University of Tübingen you can apply simultaneously for a maximum of three master courses (deadline in the majority of cases: July 15th!). Application is online only. Access to the application portal is to be found here

Please contact our International Office for any questions regarding application and admission procedures for international students.


  • Bachelor’s degree in biology (or comparable) with a grade of at least 2,50
  • English language proficiency: TOEFL79 or IELTS 6,5 or Cambridge Certificate (FCE/CAE/CPE B2 or higher), or native speaker or English-language bachelor’s degree
  • International Applicants: German language proficiency (DSH1, Goethe-Zertifikat B1, Telc B1, TestDaf3333)
  • in case that your Bachelor's degree is no typical Biology degree, you will have to provide at least 27 ECTS credits from courses like Botany, Plant Physiology, Molecular Biology, or Cell Biology.

IMPORTANT: If your bachelor’s degree certificate is not available by the deadlines, you may submit an interim certificate or a transcript of records. This interim report must contain the average grade attained up to that point, as otherwise the application cannot be taken into consideration! Every year around 10% of applications are rejected because their reports contain no average grade!

Additional information about the program