IFIB – Interfakultäres Institut für Biochemie

Application to our programme does not guarantee admission!

Your application might still be rejected or you might not be offered a place, although you might have paid fees already (e.g. APS verification).
Continue reading for more information.

Admission to our programme does not include housing.
Housing must be organised privately. Find more information here.

Admission procedure

Entry Exam

The date of the next entry exam will be announced at least 4 weeks before the exam.

Due to legal restrictions,
the exam cannot be offered online or at other locations!

Please register and confirm your participation in the exam by sending an email to claudia.heberlespam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de with the headline “confirmation master exam” and include in the email text your full name (last name, first name) and your email address. This confirmation is required until Friday, 24 May 2024.

All confirmed participants will receive further information on the procedure and guidelines for the exam by email.


(Please read the FAQ for more information.)

Selection criteria

In addition, you need to meet our criteria about your previous education (see FAQ, What we expect).
You need to have at least 20 points at the end of the selection process, to be elegible for admission.

Places offered

We will offer a total of at least 35 places to the highest scoring applicants per year (spring+fall selection). Typically the fall intake is larger than the spring one. Depending on the quality of the applications, we may offer more than the minimum number of places.

Written exam

A written English examination in basic biochemistry will be held twice a year in Tübingen. Participation in the written exam is recommended but you can apply relying only on your bachelor grade & CV, which means you can score a maximum of 45 points out of 65. You can repeat the exam once; the best grade counts. Results can then be used for your application at any time. If you want to take part, please send an email with the subject text entrance exam and your full name and contact adress in the body to claudia.heberlespam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de no later then 1 week before the exam date. This will automatically register you for the exam. The test normaly takes place on the Friday closest to the deadline, if not anounced differently. Bring identification and a calculator.
See also the FAQs.

Bonus points

Starting with applications for winter term 2024,
you can no longer apply for CV points.

We will instead award points for practical education.

The following bonus points will be automatically applied to applicants who hold a BSc Biochemistry or aequivalent degree.
Please provide documents to proof your previous education.

  • form about practical training during studies
  • form about independent practical thesis/internship work (use this especially, if you did not finish your bachelor's degree by the time of application)
  • confirmations about internships/work experience/international studies you claim for bonus-points (for curricular internships, please indicate where we find them on your transcript)
Situation Points
at least 6 months of study time outside the home country 1
at least 6 months of Biochemistry-specialised scientific work experience (after your studies)
OR at least 6 weeks of voluntary (non-curricular) Biochemistry-specialised scientific internship (during your studies, but not required by your programme)
at least 4 weeks Biochemistry-specialised scientific curricular internship during your studies (i.e. required by your study programme) 1
Biochemistry-specialised scientific thesis work with independet lab work 2

Application material

Online application

Please apply online by first registering with your basic information. Afterwards you can change your application and view your status online. Do not include additional paper material as it will not be taken into account.