Freie Universität Berlin

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The international Master's program Biochemistry at Freie Universität Berlin is offered to students from Germany and abroad and is entirely held in English. 


Key Features

Capitalizing on the city’s unique research landscape consisting of several universities and of research institutes from the Max-Planck, Helmholtz and Leibniz Societies, we offer a vigorous biochemical training in all modern areas of biochemistry. The program in Biochemistry at Freie Universität Berlin 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 completes the studies.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Advanced X-ray crystallography
  • Biological NMR spectroscopy
  • Quantitative fluorescence microscopy
  • Biophysical methods
  • Protein engineering
  • Nucleic acid technology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


English, German


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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry or an equivalent degree with credits in biochemistry that correspond to the bachelor’s program in biochemistry at the Freie Universität Berlin.
  • With certain restrictions, it is possible to complete the master’s degree program by taking classes solely in English. The necessary English language skills must as a rule be proven by exam results.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.

Students do not pay any tuition fees. However, the university charges a semester fee (app. 300 Euro per semester)


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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