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University of Cologne


M.Sc. (Master of Science)
Subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry
No. of places
English only
Winter semester: 15 Jul
Summer semester: 01 Dec/15 Jan
Application Deadlines
2 Years (starting: Both semesters)
Tuition Fees (per semester)
Both semesters
Mode of admission:
local admission restriction 
directly at the University (incl. VPD from uni-assist)
Study mode:
On campus


Qualification Requirements

Previous Degree

Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in biochemistry or a similar biochemical study program in natural sciences. Applicants holding a degree in pharmaceutical sciences, pharmacy, (industrial) biotechnology, chemical or biological engineering will not be considered unless additional qualification in biochemistry is provided.

Required ECTS credits: 180.

At least 36 credit points (ECTS) of 180 have to be achieved in basic or advanced biochemical courses, laboratory training, or the bachelor thesis. Subject areas which can be credited are modules in biochemistry, molecular biology, biophysics, protein engineering, environmental biochemistry, bioenergetics, or metabolism.

Please note: Modules or courses in areas like organic / inorganic / physical / pharmaceutical chemistry, physiology, genetics, bionanotechnology, or bioinformatics do not count as biochemical subject areas.

If you have not completed your bachelor's degree by the time of application for the master's program, you can still apply if at least 80% of the total credit points, which can be achieved in the bachelor's study program have to be obtained successfully. Please submit a transcript of records that indicates a preliminary grade, which is then used for the application procedure. In the case of admission to the master's study program, admission is subject to the condition that the last examination in your bachelor's study program has been completed by September 30th when applying for the Winter term, and by March 31th when applying for the Summer term. The successful completion of open examinations has to be provided to the office of examinations at the latest 6 weeks after the beginning of the master's study term. If these certificates are not provided at all or not provided in time, confirmation for admission will be invalidatеd.

GPA (German System) 2.50
GPA Comment

The final grade is at least "good" (i.e. 2,5) or better. Please note: grades of applicants with a non-German degree will be transferred to the German grading scale bу uni-assist.

Language Requirements

The following certificates are recognised as proof of your language proficience.

CEFR English
min B2
min 6.5
min 79
Does the university recognize "other equivalent language certificates"? no information provided by university

Additional information:
Applicants whose native language is not English are required to certify their proficiency in English. Knowledge of German (and corresponding certificates) is not required. Non-native speakers need to provide evidence of proficiency in English. English language proficiency can also be proven by having completed a bachelor's program taught in English.

Application & Admission

Application Deadlines

In 41 days free webinar
How to apply via uni-assist

Application Procedure & Selection

Mode of Admission:
local admission restriction 
Admission Test/Interview:
No. of places available:
directly at the University (incl. VPD from uni-assist)
Application Fee:

€ 75 for the first application, € 30 for each additional

Application Documents

Applicants with a non-German bachelor’s degree have to register via uni-assist e.V. and follow the application procedure in uni-assist, which is edit application data (online in uni-assist), answer general questions (online in uni-assist), and allocate files:

  1. Your CV including a summary of your lab and English skills, as well as bachelor grade and class rank where available.
  2. Bachelor certificate and transcript of records including an overall bachelor grade and a class rank (if a certificate is not yet available when you apply, it can be handed in later. GPAs can be preliminary).
  3. Certificate of proficiency in English (see language requirements).
  4. Copy of passport.
  5. Description of your biochemistry training, lab skills, and motivation.

Send legalized/notarized hard copies of certificates in English or German by post to uni-assist:

uni-assist e.V.
11507 Berlin


University of Cologne

Further Information

For more information please check the

Course Website