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Biochemistry, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #130 (QS) ,
The international Master's program Biochemistry at Freie Universität Berlin is offered to students from Germany and abroad and is entirely held in English. 


The program offers an excellent theoretical and practical training that thoroughly prepares graduates for a further career in the life sciences. A bachelor’s degree in biochemistry or a related field is a prerequisite to enter the Master’s program and should demonstrate a sufficient level of theoretical and practical training. All courses are held in English and comprise a basic lecture series covering major aspects of current biochemical research from a broad range of fields.

The practical course work comprises methods modules of 2-4 weeks that convey in-depth knowledge of particular methods in the areas of structural biology, molecular biology or molecular medicine. Further on, individual 9 week projects are performed in groups within the department or in one of the many affiliated laboratories. Many students perform one of these lab rotations abroad to gain international research experience; scholarships are available to support and encourage such projects. A Master's thesis of six months performed in a selected research group normally completes the studies. As of 2016, a fast-track option is planned that allows excellent students to directly pursue their PhD after 3 semesters without the requirement for a Master’s thesis.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Biomolecular X-ray crystallography
  • Advanced X-ray crystallography
  • Biological NMR spectroscopy
  • Quantitative fluorescence microscopy
  • Biophysical methods
  • Protein engineering
  • Nucleic acid technology
  • Protein analysis and microsequencing
  • Bioanalytical mass spectrometry and proteomic analysis
  • Alternative splicing and protein-RNA interaction
  • Molecular cell biology
  • Membrane protein expression in cell-free systems
  • Production and biophysical analysis of selected membrane proteins
  • Cell biology and signal transduction
  • Molecular pharmacology and cellular signal transduction
  • Analyzing musculoskeletal development in vivo
  • Self-replicating protein particles in neurodegenerative diseases

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Graduation certificate
  • Official transcript of records
  • Official translations of all certificates if issued in any language other than German or English
  • Proof of English knowledge
  • Sufficient knowledge of German

Tuition Fee

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Living costs for Berlin

  • 836 - 1340 EUR/month
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