Two profile curricula available in either biochemistry and molecular biology, or in microbial systems
Fundamentals of biochemistry and molecular cell biology or microbiology and biotechnology; advanced studies in the areas of biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, genetics, microbiology, biotechnology, biophysics; project studies in lab rotations, project proposal and Master's thesis
Educational organisationFour semesters with modular structure; theoretical and practical courses; full-time programme
45 credits in mandatory modules; 18 credits in advanced studies, chosen from about 20 topics; 27 credits in project studies
30 credits for Master's thesis and defence
An accelerated curriculum is available for excellent students allowing them to earn the 120 credits and obtaining their degree in less than two years.
Excellent students have the option to apply for a doctoral position after earning 90 credits without doing a Master's thesis (fast track).
Study abroad unit(s)Supplementary modules or lab rotations abroad can be integrated in the individual profile.
InternshipsTwo research projects (lab rotations, total of 27 credits) are integrated into the programme. For these projects, many research labs at the University of Bremen and associated research institutions, such as the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, or Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Material Sciences, are available. These projects can also be done in research labs abroad.
Forms of assessmentExam forms include written or oral exams, essays, reports, posters or presentations. Details are documented in the official exam regulations of the MSc programme and will be announced by the lecturer at the beginning of each module.
Course objectivesExcellence in biochemistry and biology; solid knowledge in associated disciplines for effective inter-disciplinary collaboration; wide spectrum of state-of-the-art methodologies; team skills; capability to work as a research scientist, e.g. towards a doctoral degree
Language requirementsFluency in English is required according to level C1 of the European reference scheme for language skills and must be verified by a TOEFL test (iBT 90) or equivalent documents.
Academic requirementsBSc in Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, or in a related field
Enrolment feesApprox. 280 EUR per semester
Fee includes a semester ticket covering public transport within Bremen and its surroundings, and reduced prices at the student refectory
Costs of livingApprox. 650 to 700 EUR per month
Job opportunitiesOptions to participate in research projects as student staff
Arrival supportTutoring programme offered by the International Office and a senior Master's student as special tutor
Services and support for international studentsInternational Office of the University of Bremen
AccommodationDormitories are available for a limited number of students.