Required previous education

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • 120 credits (ECTS or equivalent) at the time of application
  • Degree program in molecular biosciences, cell biology, biochemistry, biophysics, biotechnology, or a closely related discipline

Language requirements
Very good knowledge of English is required. If English is not your native language, you can prove your language skills, for example, by an internationally recognized language test (recommended but not mandatory), an English-language bachelor's degree or an extended stay in an English-speaking country. Knowledge of the German language is not required.

Online application
Our online application portal is open from September 15 to January 15 for each application round (start of studies: October).
During online application, you will be asked to enter your personal data, your CV with photo, as well as information on your education (recent and previous enrollment), language proficiency, honors, awards, and motivation. You will also be asked to indicate up to five research groups of our program (see our list of faculty members) you find particularly interesting.
Your application will only be further processed after you have entered all mandatory personal data and uploaded the following documents:

  • CV with photo
  • Current transcript/marksheet
  • Certificate/diploma for any completed course of study for which the degree certificate has already been issued.

Certified copies of documents are NOT required for the application (i.e. regular copies are sufficient) but all relevant documents (e.g. diploma, transcripts) must get certified after admission to be able to enroll into our program at the University of Göttingen.
The contact data of two referees who will write letters of recommendation for you need to be submitted together with your application. Please make sure to inform the referees about your intention to apply to our program several weeks in advance! Only letters of recommendation which reach us by January 17 can be considered in the evaluation of your application. In case your recommendation letters don't reach us in time, your application will still be processed and evaluated based on the documents available to us. The referees suggested by you will receive an automated e-mail request from us at the e-mail address you indicate. This request will be posted as soon as you have submitted your complete application.
The MSc/PhD Molecular Biology Program closely collaborates with the MSc/PhD/MD-PhD Neuroscience Program, which has a similar structure. Students interested in molecular biology and neurosciences are welcome to apply for both programs. Further information regarding your application and other issues is summarized in the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section. The program receives many inquiries regarding the application package. Please consult this site before contacting our office.