Department of Biology

Dear prospective students,

Thank you for your interest in studying biology in Tübingen. The importance of biology as a modern life science will continue to increase in the future. If you decide to study biology, you can pursue your interests and use your abilities by taking an active part in this exciting development.

What can Tübingen offer students of biology?

In Tübingen, you will find an ideal combination of the traditional fields of biology with the most modern techniques and methods. The focus of interest is on practice-related topics in molecular biology, microbiology, neuroscience, evolutionary biology and ecology, molecular plant biology, cell and developmental biology, as well as ethics in the life sciences.

The Biology Department in Tübingen has achieved top ratings in all the important university rankings.

Which degree courses can I take at the Department of Biology at the University of Tübingen?

Career Prospects

Depending on the type of degree and area of specialization, the career prospects are, as is the case for all university graduates, quite good. The prospects for teacher training students are poor.

How and when should I apply?

Admission to all the degree courses in biology is restricted (numerus clausus). Application for all courses will be possible via the registrar’s office from the beginning of May. Application is only possible for the winter semester (start 1st October). Please send your application directly to the registrar’s office by 15th July at the latest.

Further information on application can be found here.

Which average Abitur (school leaving examination) grade do I need?

The exact grade required for admission to degree courses can, unfortunately, not be fixed before the closing date for application. The usual grade limit is 1,7 for teacher training in biology und 2,4 for the bachelor’s degree course in biology. You can however “improve” your grade by up to 0,5 points by internships, vocational training or other qualifications in a biology-related area.

90% of the places are directly allocated by the University and 10% according to the waiting period.

Is there a taster course?

Yes, you are free to attend lectures at any time in order to get an impression of what it is like to study biology. A list of lectures is to be found in the online course catalogue of the University of Tübingen under "Biologie: Bachelor: 1.Studienjahr".

Where can I get additional information?

Detailed descriptions of the degree courses are to be found here. It is also possible to download degree course descriptions, curricula etc. from the download area of our website.

Our advisory service can be contacted per telephone: 07071 29 76860 or per e-mail: beratungspam Opening times for personal consultation are Tuesdays from 10-12 h and Wednesdays from 14-16 h (an appointment is not necessary).

We look forward to welcoming you as a future student of biology in Tübingen.

Prof. Dr. Heinz-R. Köhler (Dean of Studies)

Dr. Matthias Stoll (Departmental Student Advisory Service)