Pre Master's Course 2023

The Pre Master's Course will start on September 4th, 2023, with online lectures you can attend from your home country. The lab courses in present (please note: this will only take place if there are sufficient numbers of attendees) will start on October 9th, 2023. The regular lecture period starts on October 16th, 2023. So please be aware that you will need to travel to Ulm by October 8th, 2023 at the latest to attend the lab courses. There will be a feedback exercise on October 20th, 2023.

Also, please note that the deadline for enrolment as it can be found in your admission notice does not apply to you! Passing the Pre-master course is required for your enrolment - therefore you should enrol immediately after receiving the notice of approval.

After admission there are several other steps you have to take in order to start your studies successfully. So please have a look at the following page to learn more:

After Admission

Preparatory Course for Master programmes – M. Sc. Biology

We are delighted that you are thinking of joining us at Ulm University for your Master’s course. We hope that you decide to join us and that there are degree options that excite you and help you build your dream career!

If you decide to join us at Ulm University and are accepted on the Master’s course, we offer a mandatory Pre Master’s Course (PMC) first. We want to ensure that all students start our programme at the same level and will complete their master's programme successfully. The PMC is designed to strengthen your lab skills and give you the chance to brush up on your bachelor's knowledge.

This course lasts for six weeks and provides intensive tuition in biology (both theoretical and practical) and some tuition in mathematics to help prepare you for your MSc. You arrive in a cohort with other students, so you can already make new friendships and start building a life in Germany before your Masters begins.



Theoretical part

  • Molecular biology: heredity, basic genetics, DNA, RNA, proteins, translation, transcription
  • Evolutionary biology: natural selection, genetic drift, population genetics, sexual selection, speciation, phylogeny
  • Microbiology/Cell biology: cellular anatomy, mitosis, meiosis, bacteria, viruses
  • Botany: plant kingdom, anatomy, life cycles, reproduction, functional morphology
  • Neurobiology/Physiology: nervous systems, basic animal and plant physiology
  • Ecology: behavioral ecology, biodiversity, ecosystem functioning

Lab part:

  • Experimental design, sample collection, basic instrumentation
  • DNA extraction, PCR, gel electrophoresis
  • Aseptic techniques, bacterial growth
  • Microscopy
  • Basic data wrangling, statistics, R

The theoretical part will be available in an e-learning format with pre-recorded videos, texts, and feedback exercises for you. 
The lab part will be a flipped-lab with online videos for you to prepare for the lab, before you do some experiments in the lab on your own.

That may sound stressful, but do not worry! You will be taught all this material, you will get intensive tuition, and your tutor will be there to support you throughout.

  • Differential and Integral Calculus
  • Elementary Differential Equations
  • Basic descriptive statistics

The mathematics part will take place simultaneously with the biology courses in the first 3 weeks. The lectures are pre-recorded and will be available online for you. 

Test your knowledge! : OMB (Online Mathematics Bridging Course - available in English only for registered users). This is a basic refreshing course in mathematics, and students are expected to already have this knowledge when they join the PMC. 

Contacts Life Sciences

Pre-Master Course

Iris Steitz
PMC coordinator

Location: M24/574

Address general questions & concerns about international study at

Consulting & Support

Dr. Eva Keppner
study coordinator

+49-(0)731-50 23 93 0

Office hours by arrangement*

*: Please arrange appointments with the Secretary (Office) mentioning your request

Student support Incomings

Lisanne Wolters
student assisstant

Address general questions & concerns about international study at international.biology(at)

  • Helga Theilacker
  • Location:
  • Phone:
  • +49-(0)731-50 23 93 1
  • Fax:
    +49-(0)731-50 23 93 2
  • Office hours:
  • Mo-Fr 9-11
Quick Info
  • Start of Pre-Master's course:
    4h September 2022
  • Duration:
    Online Courses- 5 weeks
    Lab Courses - 1 week
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Application: included in your admission for the master programme