Friedrich Schiller University Jena


M.Sc. (Master of Science)
Subjects: Biology
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 University
Study mode:
On campus


Qualification Requirements

Previous Degree

Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in biology qualifying the graduate to work in his/her profession. If the applicant earned his/her university degree in a different field of study (particularly biotechnology), basic knowledge in microbiology must be proven by having earned at least a total of 10 ECTS in courses of microbiology.

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

Professional qualifications and competences are to be confirmed if the applicant reaches at least a total of 6 of the possible points according to the following criteria:

  1. Studies in microbiology:
    5 to 10 ECTS: 1 point,
    11 or more ECTS: 2 points.
  2. Practical training in research methods:
    5 to 10 ECTS: 1 point,
    11 or more ECTS: 2 points.
  3. Grade (according to the German grading system) of the first degree qualifying the applicant to work in his/her profession:
    2.1 to 2.5: 1 point,
    1.6 to 2.0: 2 points,
    1.0 to 1.5: 3 points.
  4. One additional point is awarded for academic or university-related work experience (employment as a student assistant in microbiology, participation in a university body, continuing education or further training in scientific research methods or other relevant fields, or research internships).
GPA Rate 2.50
GPA Comment

The bachelor's final grade (CGPA) must be GOOD or higher (German and US systems 2.5).

Language Requirements

Does the university recognize "other equivalent language certificates"? yes

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:

Application Procedure & Selection

Mode of admission:
without admission restriction
Admission test/interview:
directly at University
Application Fee:

Application Documents

Together with the application, the candidate must submit the following documentation and proof:

  1. First university degree qualifying the applicant to work in his/her profession, as well as proof of professional qualifications according to the previous degree above.
  2. A curriculum vitae outlining the candidate’s personal and academic development (curriculum vitae in tabular format).
  3. Where applicable, proof of previous internships, professional activities as well as completed courses of continuing education and further training and participation in university bodies.
  4. Letter of motivation.

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