Biochemistry - Master

Eckdaten zum Studiengang

Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät





4 Semester






Nur Englisch

Profil des Studiengangs

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 procedure

The Master's degree programme is admission-restricted and subjected to the admission procedures. 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. We admit a minimum of 7 students in spring and 18 in fall. The total number depends on the quality of applications.

Selection criteria:

  • 40 points (~60% of total) bachelor grade
  • 20 points (~30%) written entrance examination
  • 5 points (<10%) based on your CV

Admission requirements (see website)

  • Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in Biochemistry
  • Overall grade (CGPA) equivalent to or better than 2.8 German grading system
  • English language proficiency: English test certificate or another proof of proficiency equivalent to level B1 of the Common European Framework CEFR


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.

Complete online application via the university portal

Application deadline for spring is 15 Jan.
Application deadline for fall is 31 May.

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.

Possible Combinations

The Biochemistry program cannot be complemented with a minor subject.

Numerus Clausus

The Master's degree programme is admission-restricted. The numerus clausus is definite after completion of the selection procedure.


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.

Introduction sessions

Please click on the following link for further information concerning induction sessions taking place at the beginning of the semester: How to get started - general information for new students

Subject-related Counselling

Program coordinator
Jakob Suckale, PhD
office: 207 (ground floor, west)

+49-(0)7071 29 73363

Examination Administration

Ms. Mine Cosgun
Interfaculty Institute of Biochemistry
Hoppe-Seyler-Straße 4

+49 (0)7071 29 72451

The examination administration is carried out by the Central Registrar´s Office of the University of Tübingen. Here you cand find the contact partners and their contact details.

Details of the Tübingen Master Program in Biochemistry (MSc)

Year 1 - introduction, modules, first labs

The 1st year kicks off with a joint lectures series by all the research group leaders of the institute. Departing from the basics you have acquired in your previous degree, this series takes you into the advanced topics of biochemistry and to the research frontier. In parallel, you will choose your first modules and your first lab placements. One of many possible arrangements is shown on the right.
In the 2nd semester, you will conclude the lectures on advanced topics and start a course on current topics, which includes a lecture series by guest speakers from outside the institute and abroad presenting their latest discoveries. In addition, you will select a 3rd module and a 2nd lab placement.

Year 2 - modules, labs & master project

As you enter the 2nd year, the elements of the program will become longer and more in-depth culminating in the master thesis at the end of the degree. You may decide to do one or more of the research placements outside the institute or abroad. We will support you with national and international placement using our contacts. At the end of the last semester, you will write up the data acquired during your thesis and present the results to the faculty.
During the entire degree you will be able to acquire transferable skills ranging from numerical proficiency, IT, self-management and communication to interpersonal skills. The IFIB faculty will support you in your future professional decision following your master in Tübingen and hope that you will actively join our alumni network.

Study regulations

You can find a formal description of the degree here.

Module handbook

You can find an overview of courses and modules here.

Student exchange

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

Studying abroad - International Office

Student Representation Biochemistry
Hoppe-Seyler-Str. 4
IFIB UG, Raum 177
Homepage: Fachschaft Biochemie


In the winter term 2018/2019 about 480 students are studying at the Department of Biochemistry:

  • Biochemie B.Sc.: 275
  • Biochemistry M.Sc.: 114
  • Promotion: 88