Molecular Biology

University of Göttingen

M.Sc. On Campus
18 months
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This intensive Molecular Biology programme at the University of Göttingen leads graduates with a bachelor's degree to a Master of Science (M.Sc.) within 18 months.


Why to study

After a 3-year doctorate programme, graduates may acquire either the title Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Dr. rer. nat.. The semester structure has been removed, different subjects are integrated into a uniformly structured range of courses and it is possible to switch into the doctorate programme without a master's thesis, thus shortening the period of study. All courses are held in English. 

The Molecular Biology programme at the University of Göttingen is divided into two parts. During the first year, lectures, tutorials, seminars, methodical internships and individually tutored research projects take place within 36 weeks. Lab rotation and individual tutorials as well as the involvement of lecturers from Max Planck institutes guarantee work that is hands-on and research-oriented. The first year of study ends with one written and two oral exams that qualify for the master's thesis. These may be omitted if good or excellent grades have been attained during the first year of study, allowing the student to switch directly over to the 3-year doctorate programme. 

Early participation in scientific conferences and courses as well as the publication of articles in international scientific journals are also required for the doctoral degree. The doctorate programme enables research stays in laboratories abroad. 

Social integration also plays an important role. A coordination office helps students at the start of their studies in Göttingen and offers a central contact point during the entire programme. 

Involved in the interdisciplinary programme of the Göttingen Centre for Molecular Biosciences are the Faculties of Biology and Psychology, Medicine, Chemistry and Agricultural Sciences, the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry and for Experimental Medicine, as well as the German Primate Centre. 

The degree qualifies graduates for a professional career in molecular and cellular biosciences. 


The Master's Program has been accredited by the Zentrale Evaluations- und Akkreditierungsagentur Hannover (ZEvA) in 2003 (re-accredited in 2008 and 2013).

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Fundamentals of Biophysical Chemistry
  • Architecture of the Cell
  • Protein Structures and Folding
  • DNA Structure

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


On Campus

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 in biology, medicine, chemistry, agricultural sciences or related subjects
  • Admission: Limited admission (application to the faculty)
  • Language requirements: English (proof required); knowledge of German language not required. Applicants who have been taught through English for the majority of their courses (college or university) do not need to submit results from a standardized test such as TOEFL, IELTS, APIEL, or CPE. However, it is recommended that they attach an official statement (signed by an official of the college or university, e.g. the dean's or registrar's office) which indicates that English was the medium of instruction.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 18 months.
  • National

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 18 months.

Semester contribution fee: 355 euro


Financial Aid / Scholarships

First Year (MSc studies)

The program supports every student with up to 800 Euros/month throughout the first year if the request for financial aid is well justified. Whether a student receives the full amount through a stipend from the program or whether financial aid is granted, in part, through a student loan, depends on the number of students applying for a scholarship and on the financial situation of the applicant.

Every student is required to declare all stipends, fellowships, grants etc. she/he receives from other sources to the coordination office. Students who obtain a full scholarship (600 Euros or more) from other sources (e.g. government, home university, DAAD, companies, etc.) will not receive additional funding from the Molecular Biology Program.

In addition to basic support and scholarships, students may apply for a loan of up to 250 Euros/month. The loan (no interest rate) is paid back by the student within 12 months upon entering the PhD phase of the Molecular Biology Program.

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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Molecular Biology
University of Göttingen