University of Cologne


M.Sc. (Master of Science)
Subjects: Biology, Chemistry
English only
Winter semester:  15 Jul
Summer semester:  15 Jan
Application Deadlines
2 Years (starting: Both semesters)
Tuition fees (per semester)
Both semesters
Mode of admission:
local admission restriction
Study mode:
On campus


Qualification Requirements

Previous Degree

Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in biochemistry or a similar biochemical study program in natural sciences.

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 cell biology, microbiology, medical (bio)chemistry, organic/inorganic/physical chemistry, physiology, genetics, bionanotechnology, (bio)pharmaceutic chemistry, 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 invalidated.

GPA Rate 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 by uni-assist.

Language Requirements

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

CERF 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) are 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

Application Procedure & Selection

Mode of admission:
local admission restriction
Admission test/interview:
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. CV.
  2. Certificate of proficiency in English (see language requirements).
  3. Study certificate.
  4. University entrance certificate/school certificate (or equivalent degree of qualification for access to German universities).
  5. Copy of passport.
  6. Study description (the form is provided on the uni-assist portal on the first page). This form is obligatory, if you do not submit it, your application is considered incomplete.

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

uni-assist e.V.
11507 Berlin

Please note:

  • You don't have to send any documents as hard copies to the University of Cologne.
  • Applications will only be processed and considered if they are complete and arrive by the end of the deadlines (15th of July for the Winter term starting on October, 15th of January for the Summer term starting on April). It is recommended to submit your application as early as possible, the application portal will be opened around 8 weeks before the deadline.
  • Application has to be verified by uni-assist for formal accuracy, thus please ship legalized hard copies of all your school and study certificates to uni-assist before the deadline.

Further Information

For more information please check the

Course Website