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 (deadline July 15th, 15 places) and for the summer semester (deadline January 15th, 10 places). At University of Tübingen you can apply simultaneously for a maximum of three master courses. Application is online only1. Access to the application portal is to be found here.

1) In the application portal, a document will be generated which should be signed and returned by post to the Central Student Administration of Tübingen University by July 15th at the latest!

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

Requirements (Selection Statutes, 6/18/2015):

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology (or comparable) with a grade of at least 2,5
  • English language proficiency: TOEFL80 or IELTS 6,0, or native speaker or English-language bachelor’s degree or English B2 (also possibly English as first language at German Abitur level)
  • International Applicants: German language proficiency (DSH1, Goethe-Zertifikat B1, TestDaf3333)

Selection criteria for the ranking list: bachelor’s degree grade. The grade can, if applicable, be “improved” by bonus points.

The exact grade required for admission can not be fixed, as this depends on the number of applicants. In the past years, the grade limit was 2,4.

IMPORTANT: If your bachelor’s degree certificate is not available by the closing date, July 15th, 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