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  • A pleasant surprise were the many practical exercises. You spend one third of your degree course in the lab and conduct experiments of all kind. Not only is this great fun, but it is also a huge upside when compared with other degree courses or universities.

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Biochemistry, Master 1 subject


Degree: Master of Science
Start: Winter semester
Duration: 4 semesters
Classroom language: English

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What's it all about?

This degree programme is unique, because ...

practical courses make up almost fifty per cent of the biochemistry degree and, choosing their own research focus, biochemists carry out up-to-date research projects that prepare them for future careers in life-science research and life-science professions.

It provides the opportunity to specialise in the following fields
  • Membrane and Nervous System Biochemistry
  • Biomolecular Chemistry
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology and Biotechnology of Plants and Microorganisms
  • Proteins in Biomedicine
  • Molecular Biochemistry of Stem Cells

Who is suited?

Those who wish to enrol in this degree programme,


  • an inquisitive mind
  • creativity
  • an interest in natural and Life Science phenomena


  • practical and theoretical experimental work and acquiring techniques and methods for both the scientific discourse and the hands-on experimental approach, with the aim of gaining new insights and developing new problem-solving strategies

... struggle through:

  • lectures, exams
  • exercises, seminars, mandatory lectures
  • and, most importantly, bench work in the laboratory
This degree programme is suited for graduates in the following subjects
  • Biochemistry, B.Sc.
  • Life Science Bachelor’s degrees
  • All applicants must have obtained at least 60 Credit Points (in addition to the Bachelor's thesis) in laboratory practicals during their BSc studies
Graduates from this degree programme frequently work
  • as research biochemists
  • as biochemists in the biotechnological industry
  • as forensic scientists (e.g. in the police forces’ forensic department)
  • in the civil service (governmental control bodies)
  • as management consultants

And else?

An internship ...

is optional.
Duration: Lab practicals are done during the entire degree course.

Studying abroad ...

can be done voluntarily.

Where do I find help?

Academic advisory office

PD Dr. Irmgard Dietzel-Meyer
Building, Room: NC 7/170
Phone: +49 (0)234 / 32-25803
Website academic advisory office

Contact students

Fachschaft Chemie/Biochemie
Building, Room: NC 03/34
Phone: +49 (0)234 / 32-25287
Website Fachschaft


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