Biology (M.Sc.)

The most important facts at a glance:


Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Standard period of studies:

4 semesters


Winter and summer semester

Admission restrictions:



You find information on the application procedure for international students here.

Applicants with foreign certificates: Language of instruction: German
Required language certificate: DSH-2

Winter semester: April 1 - May 15

Summer semester: October 1 - November 15

Required Bachelor's degree:

Biology (B.Sc.)


Master in Biology


Faculty 10: Biology


The accreditation of study programmes for Bachelor and Master Degrees constitutes as a precondition for the granting of state approval.

Subject Matter

Biology is the science of living nature. Biology describes and explores the manifestations of living systems, organisms, their expressions of life, and their relationships with one another and with their environment. Biology comprises, among others, the fields of anthropology (human biology), botany, genetics, microbiology, molecular biophysics, and zoology. Biological research contributes to the preservation of the environment and to shaping our future living conditions. From an observational and descriptive science in past decades, biology has developed more and more into an experimental discipline that uses a variety of methods and instruments, including from sister sciences such as physics, chemistry, and mathematics. Research methods in molecular biology are also applied in medicine and biotechnology.

Master entrance requirements

Proof of a Bachelor's degree in Biology or equivalent final degree. In case of a Bachelor's degree in biology-related subjects, an admission is possible under the condition that students make up for missing courses and exams within the first two semesters. However, the missing courses and exams may not exceed a total of 60 credits (Leistungspunkte).

It is assumed that students have sufficient active and passive knowledge of the English language to read specialist literature in English and participate in courses taught in English; this does not include submitting written course work and writing examinations in the English language. Proof is not required.

Proof of proficiency in the German language to the level of the "German Language Proficiency Examination for Admission to Higher Education for Foreign Applicants (DSH)" is required for applicants, who either did not obtain their university entrance qualification at a German institution or whose degree was not from a degree program taught in German.


The International Office offers counselling for international students about the application process and general information.

The Academic Advisory Office offers specific information on the subject (List available in German only).

The Student representatives give information from a student perspective (List available in German only).