The Tübingen Master of Biochemistry allows for a very flexible curriculum. You do not have to take all the elements in a specific order or at a specific time. Nevertheless, we recommend that you organise your degree roughly in the following order: advanced biochemistry, current topics, modules, labs, and, finally, the Master's thesis. The theoretical elements are a good starting point to gain an overview of the fast moving field of biochemistry and are thus well positioned at the beginning. They may also serve as preparation for the laboratory work later on in the programme. Modules are designed to be a transition from theory to more practical work, since they contain both the background and corresponding guided experiments. Labs require more organisation on your part and are your stepping stone from pre-designed modules to the more independent Master's thesis that concludes the Master of Biochemistry.
The first year typically kicks off with a joint lecture series presented by all the research group leaders at the institute. Building on the basics you have acquired in your previous degree, this series takes you into the advanced topics of biochemistry and to the research frontier. At the same time, you will choose your first modules and your first lab placements. In parallel to the lecture series, you will take a course on current topics, which includes a lecture series given by guest speakers from outside the institute and abroad. At this lecture series, these speakers present their latest discoveries. In addition, you will most likely select a third module and a second lab placement.
As you enter the second year, the elements of the programme will become longer and more in-depth, culminating in the half-year Master's thesis at the end of the degree. You may decide to do one or more of the research placements outside the institute or abroad. We will support you with national and international placements using our contacts. At the end of the last semester, you will write up the data collected during your thesis and present the results to the faculty. During the entire degree, you will be able to acquire transferable skills ranging from numerical proficiency, IT, self-management, and communication to interpersonal skills. The IFIB (Biochemistry Institute) faculty will support you while you make your future professional decisions following your Master's degree in Tübingen. We hope that you will be an active member of our alumni network.
Study abroad unit(s)
International placement is optional. The vast majority of our students choose to do research abroad. We support them in their search for a suitable lab group by using our contacts and by coaching students. Typical destinations for study abroad include other European countries, East Asia (China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan), and North America (USA, Canada).
The Master's programme contains four lab rotations. The duration of each lab rotation is two months. Several students opt to do one or more labs in companies working on a biochemistry-related topic. Recent examples include well-known international companies such as Roche, Boehringer Ingelheim, Zeiss, etc.
Forms of assessment
- Written and oral exams
- Written work (protocols, essays)
- Scientific presentations
- Practical laboratory work
9 credits Advanced Biochemistry (oral exam)
3 credits Current Topics in Biochemistry (pass/fail)
6 credits 3+ Modules (mixed examination)
15 credits 4+ Labs (pass/fail)
30 credits Master's thesis (written reports)
120 in total
- Students will be equipped with detailed biochemical knowledge to formulate and critically evaluate scientific hypotheses.
- Students will be well versed in biochemical methods to plan and execute independent experimental analyses.
- Students will be fluent in spoken and written scientific English.