Microbiology and Biochemistry

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Deadline: May 15, 2024
StudyQA ranking:968 Duration:2 years You need IELTS certificate

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The Master's programme "Microbiology and Biochemistry" is held in English and offers project-based training in microbiology, biochemistry, and molecular plant sciences.
The curriculum comprises lectures with initial practical courses and consecutive individual research projects applying high-end technology. A variety of bacterial, fungal and plant model organisms are used.

Educational organisation

The research-oriented Master's programme "Microbiology and Biochemistry" is four semesters long and typically follows a Bachelor's programme in biology/biosciences. 120 ECTS points are earned during the modularised programme. Fundamental knowledge of the subject, and its methods are first conveyed in core, profile and advanced modules. Competence modules additionally convey further occupational qualifying key competencies.
In the fourth semester, the six-month Master's thesis is written in which the students are required to work independently and scientifically. The students are responsible for their individual work on a scientific topic usually embedded in third-party funded projects. The programme is conducted in an active research environment with high international standing.
The Master's examination leads to a degree qualifying graduates for occupational and research opportunities. It especially qualifies students for a PhD programme and later on for occupational opportunities in the field of biosciences.
Excellent knowledge of English (certified) as well as knowledge of the German language is required.

Course objectives

The aim of the programme is to provide an intensive, research-oriented environment, in which students deepen and expand their knowledge, skills and abilities gained in their previous studies.
The programme is intended to qualify students for a professional career in academia, industry or science management.

Language requirements

Applicants must provide proof of their German and English skills. In order to ensure a good integration of our foreign students, we ask for basic general knowledge of the German language.
German: applicants who are not native German speakers or who do not have a German degree should provide proof of proficiency in German of level B1 according to CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference).
English: applicants who are not native English speakers or who do not have an English degree should provide proof of proficiency in English, which may be one of the following:
a) Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English
b) IELTS (International English Language Testing System), at least band 6.0
c) TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) paper-based, at least 550 points
d) TOEFL computer-based, at least 220 points
e) TOEFL internet-based, at least 83 points
f) UNIcert Level III
g) certificate of C1-level according to CEFR

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Academic requirements

Bachelor's degree or equivalent in biology/biosciences/biochemistry

Enrolment fees

Enrolment fees are approx. 300 EUR per semester. Fees include a pre-paid semester ticket which entitles students to use regional trains free of charge within the federal states of Lower Saxony and Bremen as well as city buses. Students of the University of Göttingen receive discounts for cultural events. Meals and drinks are also available at reduced prices at all university canteens.

Costs of living

The average cost of living in Göttingen is modest compared to other major university cities in Germany. Currently, expenses for accommodation, food, health insurance and books reach approx. 700-750 EUR per month. Please note that fees for health insurance may vary according to age. Living expenses might be slightly higher.

Job opportunities

The university supports students in finding part-time jobs in local industries and businesses. A number of student jobs are also available at the university. Please note that restrictions may apply with your scholarship or work contract.

Arrival support

The International Office provides a complimentary pick-up service ("Buddy Exchange Service") from Göttingen railway station to the accommodation. German students help newly arrived students to adapt to the university and the city during their first weeks. There is also an orientation week for new international students, which provides valuable information about Göttingen and the university.

Services and support for international students

The International Office assists international students with all administrative questions regarding their stay in Germany, e.g. enrolment, visa, foreigners' registration office, health insurance, and financing of their studies. Furthermore, it features a broad cultural programme, e.g. international cultural evenings, language workshops, theatre courses, films, dance classes, theatre and opera visits. Trips to various tourist destinations in Germany are offered throughout the year.


The International Office, in collaboration with the student services organisation ("Studentenwerk"), helps students find adequate accommodation. Many international students live in student residences. These have single apartments or shared apartments with individual rooms. There are also apartments available for couples and families with children.
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