Medical Life Scienсеs
- Summer semester
- Mode of admission:
- no admission restriction, but ability assessment (incl. interview)
- directly at the University
- Study mode:
- On campus
- Registration Fee & Tuition Information:
- The tuition is free, but there is an administration fee of approximately 280 EUR per semester. This fee includes a semester pass for public transрοrt.
Welcome to your new home!
Six Reasons to choose this Master's Program
Open the door to a career in molecular disease research with the Master programme Medical Life Sciences at the Faculty of Medicine at Kiel University. Taught entirely in English, Medical Life Sciences offers you a robust foundation for future jobs in biomedicine.
You will enter a programme that takes you through mandatory classes in molecular pathology and medical statistics, introduces you to bioinformatics and systems biology and provides career days to inform you about professional opportunities after graduation and what is important when applying for a job. You also have a lot of room to follow particular interests in focus areas and electives.
According to our research (MyGermanUniversity), it is the only Master programme that has had a focus on Evolutionary Medicine from the start. Evolutionary Medicine is a discipline that has become more and more important for the last 15 years. Nowhere else can you combine such a focus area with Tracing disease through time as an elective, taking you by the hand to find your way through molecular paleopathology and going back thousands of years in human history.
Looking at the bigger picture, Medical Life Sciences trains you to connect the dots. Expand and use your molecular biology knowledge to raise and answer scientific questions, broaden your skills in science communication and project management to organize and present your research adequately to make the transition into the job market after graduation a rewarding experience.
🔴 Prospective students are strongly advised to inform themselves about the programme on the course website 🔴
Important note on admissions: Applications and ability assessment
Interested students need to send in an application to take part in the two-stage ability assessment. Candidates have to pass both stages of the assessment before receiving admission.
A number of requirements need to be fulfilled. Check the student profile here.
Those who pass the first stage of the assessment proceed to an interview with programme committee members and coordinators.
The M.Sc. Medical Life Sciences program is aimed at "well-informed, motivated bachelor graduated from life sciences and related programs (biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, molecular medicine, biomedicine) who want to pursue a career in biomedical research." (source).
Special Program Features
Meet students from around the world
Medical Life Sciences students typically come from everywhere – Asian and African countries, Oceania, European countries, Canada and the Americas, and of course from Germany. Mix and mingle, learn from your fellow students – about different cultures, countries, traditions. Laugh and learn together, share and solve problems together, spend time together, simply make the most of Medical Life Sciences.
Master the data game
Big data is what you get when you conduct biomedical research today: lots and lots of data. How to analyse this data and use the appropriate tools is just as important as the knowledge of the scientific field. Bioinformatics, systems biology and medical statistics are part of the Medical Life Sciences curriculum and teach you a thing or two about data analysis.
Enjoy studying at a university with a long tradition and excellent research opportunities
Founded in 1665, Kiel University has a history that reaches back quite a while; nowadays it is among the top 30 universities in Germany, according to the THE World University Ranking . The university hosts more than 25,000 students in 180+ degree programmes across eight faculties. Research is never far from your studies: Members of the big research Clusters of Excellence Precision Medicine in Chronic Inflammation and Roots - Social, Environmental, and Cultural Connectivity in Past Societies are also among the Medical Life Sciences lecturers, discussing the latest results in chronic inflammation research or paleopathology with you. Research networks such as the Kiel Oncology Network or Kiel Life Science are interdisciplinary, too, with members holding seminars in Medical Life Sciences. You will meet research everywhere.
The Accreditation Agency for Study Programs in Engineering Sciences, Computer Sciences, Natural Sciences and Mathematics is a non-profit association located in Düsseldorf that works nationally and internationally for recognition, comparability and quality control (accreditation) of Bachelor's and Master's programs.
The application requirements for the study program in “Medical Life Scienсеs” are:
A Bachelor's in life sciences or related programmes, such as:
- Molecular biology
- Molecular medicine
A good knowledge of the basics of molecular biology/genetics, cell biology and biochemistry is required as well as a good Bachelor-level knowledge of biology. That includes first-hand experience in conducting experiments in research laboratories in the disciplines named above.
Proof of a having passed a human/vertebrate physiology course during your Bachelor’s studies documented by an official course description is required.
Good grades in your Bachelor subjects are relevant, too.
English language skills that are at least equivalent to level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages are mandatory. Skills will be checked in the course of the ability assessment, certificates are not considerеd.
Ability assessment procedure
Stage 1: Written application
A written application as specified on the webpage has to be sent via email during the application period. This will be assessed. If applications meet requirements, applicants will be invited to take part in stage 2.
Stage 2: Interview via video conference call
If invited for an interview, candidates should be prepared to participate at short notice. The interview will be conducted in English, assessing both language proficiency and scientific knowledge. It is expected that candidates are well informed about Medical Life Sciences, the study location, and current global events. Decisions on admission are communicated to candidates as swiftly as possiblе.
Application & Admission
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Application Procedure & Selection
Tuition free, but there is an administration fee of approximately 280 EUR per semester. This fee includes a semester pass for public transport, among other things.
If already completed at the time of applicatiοn.
Languages accepted for transcripts, physiology course descriptions, and certificates are German, English, Russian, French, Dutch, and Spanish (the four latter ones are in order for the application, BUT be prepared to hand in a certified translation into German or English for enrolment should you be acceptеd).
❗Course Description of previous Vertebrate / Human Physiology studies must be proven.
Hand in an official course description from your university detailing the scope, workload, and topics of the vertebrate physiology course you have passed (no other course descriptions). An entry on a transcript is not enough. Neither is plant, developmental, or cell physiology a substitute for vertebrate/human physiology. Self-written descriptions are not accepted.
Not including a vertebrate physiology course description will result in rejection!&nbsр;