Microbiology

Study information
Key facts
Degree
Master of Science
Duration
4 Semester
Credits/ECTS
120
Teaching language
English
Tuition fee
none
Semester contribution
€ 250,27
Start of studies
Winter semester
Part-time possible
No
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Programme summary

The Master of Science in Microbiology is a scientific-biological study course, based on fundamental research with a special focus on Microbiology in its full diversity. This covers phylogeny, physiology, cell and molecular biology of organisms from all three domains of life.

The programme is interdisciplinary in nature and includes modules at external research institutes such as the Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology (Hans Knöll Institute), the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, and cooperation with relevant biotechnology corporations.

Special features

Compared to other locations providing microbiology studies in Germany, Jena can boast two unique selling points:

  1. The great number of non-university research facilities intensely involved in the university education as well as in many cooperative projects
  2. The great number of biotechnology companies conducting research in Jena and yet with close ties to their parent companies elsewhere, making cooperation in nationwide research projects a reality.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the M.Sc. in Microbiology are well prepared for research-oriented positions at universities, private research institutes, and private companies. Potential fields of work include:

  • Research and development
  • Pharmaceutical industry und biotechnology corporations
  • Food industry
  • Chemical industry
  • Hospital research laboratories
  • Public administration (health authorities)
  • Teaching
  • Professional and trade organizations

Students holding an M. Sc. in Microbiology from the University of Jena are qualified to pursue doctoral studies, particularly in the fields of biology, microbiology, bioinformatics, biochemistry, cellular biology, medical microbiology, and biological-geological studies, both at the University of Jena (such as at the Jena School for Microbial Communication) and at higher education institutions around the world.

Admission requirements

University degree Show content

For this master's programme you need a subject-specific undergraduate degree (minimum 6 semesters/180 ECTS-Credits) or an equivalent degree, containing knowledge in Microbiology of at least 15 credits (ECTS) and practical research methods.

The bachelor's final grade (CGPA) must be GOOD or higher (German and US systems 2.5).

Language requirements Show content

This master's programme requires the following language proficiency:

  • Good English language proficiency. A language certificate is not mandatory.

Application documents

Registration form Show content

Once you finish an online application, this document will be generated under the filename "Application for admission at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena to the masters programme". You need to print out this document, sign it, scan it and send it as PDF file of good quality within the application timeframe to the Master Service Centre: master@uni-jena.de.

CV Show content

Your CV should have a tabular form, containing key information on your school record and academic career.

Motivation letter Show content

A motivation letter should not exceed the size of two DIN A4-pages and normally, it should contain information on your motivation for taking up this course of studies. You should  elaborate on the following essential questions:

  • Why do you desire taking up this specific course of studies?
  • What are - in your opinion - the main features that this course of studies excels in?
  • Which features of this course have inspired your application? 
  • Why Jena?

 

University entrance qualification certificate Show content

Please upload at the online application system your university entrance certificate/school leaving certificate. Usually, this means the school graduation diploma (German "Abitur"), i.e. the diploma that makes you eligible for studies at an University or other institution for higher education. Be mindful of the fact that here, we do not need any University diploma but a High School diploma! 

Previous university degrees earned Show content

All previous University degrees (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, etc.) if available before the application deadline - if not, please make a note of the anticipated date of issue of your degree certificate. Please upload your University degree or the most actual, detailed transcript of records/ mark sheet of all semesters available to you, should you not hold your degree certificate at the time of application. The main document is the degree/ transcript based on which you apply for the master programme.

Detailed transcript of records Show content

Detailed transcript of records/ mark sheet of your first, subject-specific University degree, with which you apply for the master's programme. This transcript MUST contain an overall cumulative grade point average or average mark.

Proof of relevant work experience Show content

Should you have obtained subject-specific work experience, you can upload corresponding certificates in order to support your application. 

Proof of subject-specific practical experience Show content

Should you have obtained subject-specific practical experience (e.g. by internships etc.), you can upload corresponding certificates in order to support your application. 

Specific document: Preparatory Training for Master's Applicants Show content

Specific document: Preparatory Training for Master's Applicants

This certificate you obtain after having passed the preparatory training for master's applicants. This test is to be passed before applying. It serves to orientate candidates towards their academic eligibility and its results have no influence on the admission decision.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The test is only available during the official application phase from 1 April to 31 May!

The Preparatory Training can be performed here.

Additional application documents for international students

Translation of foreign/external application documents Show content

Every mandatory application document from foreign/external countries must also be available in either English OR German translation. Such a translation has to be conducted by officially acknowledged/ sworn translators or translation offices.

Proof of grading system Show content

External/foreign degree certificates/ transcripts of records must contain information on the grading system used at the respective University.

Certificate APS Show content

Applicants with degrees from Mongolia, Vietnam or China must submit the original APS-certificate issued by the German Embassy.

University entrance exam Show content

Applicants from the following countries must submit a certificate of their university entrance examination/college entrance examination:

  • Iran (College entrance examination certificate or certificate of  pre-University course/year)
  • Republic of Korea/South Korea: SAT (Scholastic Ability Test)
  • People's Republic of China: College entrance examination certificate ("Gaokao")
Subject Advisor - Prof. Dr. Erika Kothe
Professur für Mikrobielle Kommunikation
Neugasse 25
07743 Jena
Phone
+49 3641 9-49291
Fax
+49 3641 9-49292
Opening hours:
by arrangement
Postal address:
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Fakultät für Biowissenschaften
Institut für Mikrobiologie
Neugasse 25
07743 Jena
Subject Advisor - Dr. Katrin Krause
Neugasse 25
07743 Jena
Phone
+49 3641 9-49399
Opening hours:
by arrangement
Postal address:
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Fakultät für Biowissenschaften
Institut für Mikrobiologie
Neugasse 25
07743 Jena

Contact

Master Service Centre
Fürstengraben 1
07743 Jena
Phone
+49 3641 9-411555
Fax
+49 3641 9-411552
Office hours:
Until further notice we do not offer personal consultation. Consultation hours via phone have been adjusted as well.

Consultation hours by PHONE:

Tuesday 9-11 AM
Wednesday 9-11 AM
Thursday 9-11 AM
Postal address:
Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Master Service Centre
07737 Jena
Examinations Office of the Faculty of Biological Sciences
Prüfungsamt Biowissenschaften
Bachstraße 18k
07743 Jena
Phone
+49 3641 9-49010
Fax
+49 3641 9-49002
Postal address:
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Fakultät für Biowissenschaften
Studien- und Prüfungsamt
Bachstraße 18k
07743 Jena
Student Representatives
Neugasse 24
07743 Jena
Phone
+49 3641 9-49158
Postal address:
Fachschaftsrat Biologie/Biochemie
Neugasse 24
07743 Jena
Central Academic Advisory Service
Universitätshauptgebäude
Fürstengraben 1
07743 Jena
Phone
+49 3641 9-31111
Fax
+49 3641 9-31122
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