Friedrich Schiller University Jena


M.Sc. (Master of Science)
Subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry
English only
Winter semester: 31 May
Application Deadlines
2 Years (starting: Winter semester)
Tuition Fees (per semester)
Winter semester
Mode of admission:
without admission restriction
directly at the University
Study mode:
On campus


Qualification Requirements

Previous Degree

Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) that contains knowledge in molecular disciplines (biochemistry, genetics, cell biology) of at least 60 credits (ECTS).

Minimum standard period of study: 6 semesters.
Required ECTS credits: 180.

GPA Rate 1.90
GPA Comment

The final grade (CGPA) of such a degree should at least be GOOD (1.9 or better according to the German grading system). Candidates with final grades between 1.9 and 2.3 (German grading) who meet the general academic requirements, might be admitted when their application documents show particular eligibility for the program.

Language Requirements

Additional information:
Good English language proficiency. A language certificate is not mandatory.

Application & Admission

Application Deadlines

Applications are open from:
Winter semester:April 01 (German)April 01 (EU)April 01 (Non EU)
Summer semester:
Spring semester:

Application Procedure & Selection

Mode of Admission:
without admission restriction
Admission Test/Interview:
directly at the University
Application Fee:

Application Documents

  1. Registration form: Once you finish an online application, this document will be generated under the filename "Application for admission at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena to the master's program". You need to print out this document, sign it, scan it, and send it as a PDF file of good quality within the application timeframe to the Master Service Centre: [email protected]
  2. CV: Your CV should have a tabular form, containing key information on your school record and academic career.
  3. Motivation letter: A motivation letter should not exceed the size of two DIN A4-pages and normally, it should contain information on your motivation for taking up this course of studies. You should  elaborate on the following essential questions:
    1. Why do you desire to take up this specific course of study?
    2. What are - in your opinion - the main features that this course of studies excels in?
    3. Which features of this course have inspired your application? 
    4. Why Jena?
  4. University entrance qualification certificate: Please upload at the online application system your university entrance certificate/school leaving certificate. Usually, this means the school graduation diploma (German "Abitur"), i.e. the diploma that makes you eligible for studies at a university or other institution for higher education. Be mindful of the fact that the university does not need any university diploma but a high school diploma.
  5. Previous university degrees earned: All previous university degrees (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, etc.) if available before the application deadline - if not, please make a note of the anticipated date of issue of your degree certificate. Please upload your university degree or the most actual, detailed transcript of records/mark sheet of all semesters available to you, should you not hold your degree certificate at the time of application. The main document is the degree/ transcript based on which you apply for the master's program.
  6. A detailed transcript of records: Detailed transcript of records/mark sheet of your first, subject-specific university degree, with which you apply for the master's program. This transcript MUST contain an overall cumulative grade point average or average mark.
  7. Proof of relevant work experience: Should you have obtained subject-specific work experience, you can upload corresponding certificates in order to support your application.
  8. Proof of subject-specific practical experience: Should you have obtained subject-specific practical experience (e.g. by internships etc.), you can upload corresponding certificates in order to support your application.
  9. Proof of language proficiency: See language requirements.

Additional application documents for international students:

  1. Translation of foreign/external application documents: Every mandatory application document from foreign/external countries must also be available in either English OR German translation. Such a translation has to be conducted by officially acknowledged/sworn translators or translation offices.
  2. Proof of grading system: External/foreign degree certificates/transcripts of records must contain information on the grading system used at the respective university.
  3. Certificate APS: Applicants with degrees from Mongolia, Vietnam, or China must submit the original APS-certificate issued by the German Embassy.
  4. University entrance exam: Applicants from the following countries must submit a certificate of their university entrance examination/college entrance examination:
    1. Iran (College entrance examination certificate or certificate of pre-university course/year).
    2. Republic of Korea/South Korea: SAT (Scholastic Ability Test).
    3. People's Republic of China: College entrance examination certificate ("Gaokao").

Further Information

For more information please check the

Course Website