Biochemistry - Master of Science (MSc)

The Master’s programme in Biochemistry in Ulm is highly diversified both in research and teaching. Its strong focus on research and application warrants a purposeful professional qualification and provides a great basis for further academic qualifications (e.g. a doctoral degree).

Key data

Type of programme

Master of Science (MSc)

Type of study
  • full-time
Study curriculum

Information on the study curriculum


Information for applicants

Start of programme
  • each winter and summer semester
Available places per year


Language of instruction
  • German and English
  • no restriction
ECTS credit points


Standard period of study (semester)



Dr. Lena John

Dr. Lena John
Dr. Lena John
Academic Staff
University Ulm
Studienkommission Biologie
Albert-Einstein-Allee 11
89081 Ulm
Room: M24 / 574
Telephone: +49 731 50-22384

More about the course

The programme comprises courses in Biology, Chemistry, Biophysics and Medicine. It also offers a choice of minor subjects like Biometrics, Pharmacology/Toxicology or Virology. Compulsory elective modules provide specialised knowledge. Your Master’s thesis will teach you how to conduct independent academic work.

The following information is mostly only available in German because the teaching language of the course is German. Students who want to participate in the programme need to proof their language proficiency.


Study situation

This programme is only offered in German language.

Ulm University

Strong in research, attractive course offers, growing internationality! Since its foundation in 1967, the youngest University in Baden-Württemberg has had a remarkable development. The current approximate 10,000 students are spread across four Faculties, Medicine, Engineering, Computer Sciences and Psychology, Mathematics and Economics as well as Natural Sciences. Today, more than four decades after its foundation, the University is still conveniently sized yet alive and known for its strong research profile and high teaching standards.

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Students at Ulm University are guaranteed a laboratory place during their introductory laboratory courses. This ensures that they can graduate within the standard period of study.

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Student life

Numerous theme parties keep Ulm University alive and social at night and provide chances to mingle with students from other courses.

Representation of student interests

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Advisory services

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Admission statute

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Study objectives and contents


Unique features of the study course

The Ulm University's master course Biochemistry equally covers scientific research and professional practice. This attribute ensures a solid professional qualification as well as it provides the basis for further scientific qualifications (e.g. doctoral studies). The study includes courses from biology, chemistry, biophysics and medicine. Additionally, minor topics like biometrics, pharmacology/toxicology or virology may be elected. Special subjects are taught in compulsory elective lectures; and finally the students learn to work independently on a scientific question in a master thesis.

Study objectives

Graduates of the master course Biochemistry ...

  • ... are able to elaborate on scientific questions from the field of biochemistry on the basis of known technologies and document their results (in writing and oral presentation) in accordance with the Guidelines of Research Integrity and Good Scientific Practice.
  • ... are able to present research projects in the scientific context and to discuss their methods and approaches in the broader scientific community.
  • ... have learned common methods of literature research, data administration and data processing.
  • ... have acquired soft skills like team-work, intercultural capacities and adequate time-management.

Study contents

In the Studyplan you can see the compulsory and elective modules. 


Major topics

  • Compulsory modules from molecular biology, chemistry und biophysics
  • Elective modules with regard to industry / pharmaceutical research
  • Elective modules from molecular biology / chemistry
  • Elective modules from biochemistry
  • Biological / medical minor topic

Here you can find all modules offered in the Biochemistry Master at Ulm University. 


Institutes involved in the Biology Master Program belong to Bioscience, Chemistry and Physics. Here you can inform yourself about current publications and ongoing research.





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Current information about examinations, study plans and other topics relevant for matriculated students can be found on the web page of the Department of Biology.


Career perspectives

Holding the master degree in Biochemistry, graduades acquired competences to work independently in various fields of biochemistry. Important occupational fields are e.g.

  • medical-pharmaceutial research,
  • biotechnology,
  • and quality control / management in food industry.

In addition, the master degree gives you the opportunity for doctoral studies after which you find occupational fields

  • in the industry,
  • in universities,
  • in research institutes,
  • in administration,
  • as well as a freelancer.

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