Biochemistry

Study information
Key facts
Degree
Master of Science
Duration
4 Semesters
Credits/ECTS
120
Teaching language
English
Tuition fee
None
Semester contribution
€ 266,10
Start of studies
Winter semester
Part-time possible
Yes
Application & Deadlines

Programme summary

Building on their existing knowledge of biochemistry and molecular biology, students in the M.Sc. Biochemistry programme will learn to apply methodical approaches to the analysis of biomolecules and cellular functions on molecular levels. Focus will be placed on concepts and methods from the fields of bioinformatics, biophysics, chemistry, molecular biology, and cell biology.

Special features

Students may choose three of the following modules: Biological Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biophysics and Theoretical Biology, Molecular Biology, and Cell Biology. In addition, the M. Sc. Biochemistry offers a great deal of practical work and independent projects. This gives students the chance to design and conduct scientific research as well as to document and present their results orally and in writing (particularly in English).

Career opportunities

Graduates of this programme will have acquired the field-specific academic techniques as well as the communication skills necessary to present the results of scientific research to the public. They may also gain international experience by spending one semester abroad. The master's programme qualifies students for work in academe and allows them to pursue a Ph.D. in the areas of biochemistry, biotechnology, molecular biology, molecular genetics, natural material chemistry, structural biology, and cell biology either at the FSU or at other universities in Germany and abroad. Graduates are also well equipped for positions in related industries, especially biotechnology, and administrative work.

Admission requirements

Undergraduate degree or equivalent Expand entry

For this master's programme you need a subject-specific undergraduate degree (minimum 6 semesters/180 ECTS-Credits) or an equivalent degree that contains knowledge in molecular disciplines (Biochemistry, Genetics, Cell Biology) of at least 60 credits (ECTS).

​The overall grade (CGPA) of such a degree must be GOOD or better (German and US systems: 1.9). Candidates with final grades between 1.9 and 2.3 (German grading) who meet the general academic requirements, might be admitted when their application documents show a particular eligibility for the programme.

Language requirements Expand entry

This master's programme requires the following language proficiency:

  • good proficiency in English (a direct proof by certificate is not compulsory)

Application documents

Registration form Expand entry

Once you finish an online application via the application portal OLAS, 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 Expand entry

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

Motivation letter Expand entry

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 Expand entry

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 Expand entry

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 Expand entry

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 Expand entry

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 Expand entry

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

Proof of language proficiency Expand entry

Good English language skills are recommended, but a language certificate is not needed.

Additional application documents for international students

Translation of foreign/external application documents Expand entry

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 Expand entry

External/foreign degree certificates/ transcripts of records must contain information on the grading system (= description of the maximum grade possible and the minimum passing grade) used at the respective University. 

Certificate APS Expand entry

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

University entrance exam Expand entry

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. Berit Jungnickel
Master Service Centre
Office hours:
We offer consultations and the handling of your concerns in person as well as by Service Desk, live chat, Zoom, post and telephone. You find details at 'Consulting Services' on our website.

Please direct your enquiries via Service Desk at www.uni-jena.de/service-msz.
Postal address:
Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Master Service Centre
07737 Jena
Examinations Office of the Faculty of Biological Sciences
Student Representatives Biology/Biochemistry