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Molecular Life Sciences: Microbiology, Biotechnology and Biochemistry (M.Sc.)


The international programme provides research-oriented, interdisciplinary training in microbiology, genetics, molecular and cell biology, biochemistry and structural biology on the highest levels. The innovative framework ensures rapid progress from intensive course training to participation in research projects. Our graduates are specifically qualified for subsequent PhD programmes of the Faculty of Biology and Psychologyand a career in life sciences.

Molecular Life Sciences: Microbiology, Biotechnology and Biochemistry
Master of Science (M.Sc.)
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Standard period of study:
4 semesters
Start of studies:
Winter semester
(Application to the faculty)



The Master’s programme is held in the English language and comprises the subject areas:

  • General and applied microbiology
  • Genetics and eukaryotic microbiology
  • Cell and molecular biology of plant-microbe-interactions
  • Structural Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry and Biophysics
  • Enzyme catalysis and biological chemistry

The lectures with introductory methods courses and consecutive individual research projects convey special knowledge of microbiology as well as on current issues in molecular biology and biochemistry. State-of-the-art-techniques and a variety of bacterial, fungal and plant model organisms are used to answer current questions.

Language requirements

Excellent knowledge of English (certified); knowledge of German language is required.

Programme structure

The research-oriented Master’s programme is four semesters long and typically follows a Bachelor’s programme in Biology or Biosciences. 120 ECTS points are earned during the modularized programme. Fundamental knowledge of the subject and its methods are first conveyed in core, and in-advanced modules. Competence modules additionally convey further occupational qualifying key competencies. In the fourth semester, the 26-week Master’s thesis is written in which the students are required to work independently and scientifically. The students are responsible for their individual work on a scientific topic usually embedded in third-party funded projects. The programme is conducted in an active research environment with high international standing.

The Master’s examination leads to a degree qualifying graduates for occupational and research opportunities. It especially qualifies students for a PhD programme and later on for occupational opportunities in the field of biosciences.

Module directory


Previous Education

  • B.Sc. Degree or equivalent
  • at least 150 ECTS at the time of application
  • Eligibility:
    • at least 125 ECTS in the field of life sciences
      • thereof at least 75 ECTS (about 1800 hours) in Biology/Biochemistry
      • at least 30 ECTS (about 750 hours) in Mathematics/Physics/Chemistry/Informatics

Language Requirements

  • If German is not your first language, you must provide proof of proficiency in German at level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
  • If English is not your first language, you must provide proof of proficiency in English at level C1 of the CEFR.


Dr. Kerstin Böse
Wilhelm-Weber-Str. 2
37073 Göttingen

Tel. +49 551 39 10330
Fax. +49 551 39 22795

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