|Degree||Bachelor of Science|
|Application||mandatory (incl. from one semester to the next)|
|Course commences||winter semester only|
|Standard course duration||6 semesters|
|Focus options||100% only|
|Language of instruction||German and English|
The B.Sc. programme in Molecular Biotechnology is an interdisciplinary course offering broad scientific training extending from foundational classes in biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics to subjects like molecular and cell biology, pharmacology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, process technology and substance research. In their third year, students specialise either in Bioinformatics, Biophysical Chemistry or Substance Research. Teaching and research projects acquaint students with the latest developments in biomedical research, including the progress being made in genome and proteome research, genetic engineering, substance development, diagnostics and biomedicine. In addition, they attend classes imparting key skills like scientific English, rhetoric, presentation and management technique, etc.
The course is organised and supported by the Heidelberg Institute of Pharmacy and Molecular Biotechnology (IPMB), a modern, interdisciplinary centre for research on active substances. Other institutions involved in the programme include the Faculties of Chemistry and Physics and a number of other prestigious research facilities (German Cancer Research Centre, Heidelberg Centre for Molecular Biology, Heidelberg Centre for Biochemistry, etc.).
The programme takes six semesters. In the first four semesters, students are given a broad scientific grounding in chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics/computer science, computer methods and process technology, benefiting from a cogent study programme involving lectures, seminars and practical classes. In their 5th semester, students can choose a main subject to focus on and take a practical research class in that subject. The options are Substance Research, Bioinformatics or Biophysical Chemistry. The sixth semester is devoted to the B.Sc. thesis, involving a research project with one of the research groups at IPMB or another institution participating in the programme.
Nearly all B.Sc. graduate students go on to take a M.Sc. course in Heidelberg, at another German university or (by no means rarely) abroad.
Alongside seminars on scientific English, presentation techniques and scientific writing, some of the practical classes and lectures are held in English, often by native speakers.
One of the key objectives of the B.Sc. programme in Molecular Biotechnology is to prepare students for a possible career in the biotechnological and pharmaceutical industries. Accordingly, students are required to enlist for at least a six-week internship with a biotechnological or pharmaceutical enterprise. Experienced experts from industry also hold some of the lectures and seminars.
The B.Sc. course in Molecular Biotechnology commences in the winter semester only. Applications must be submitted online to Heidelberg University’s Studentensekretariat (application possible from early June to 15 July).
There is a selection procedure. You will find details on the selection procedure at
Click here for the latest Selection Regulations B.Sc.
There are special regulations for international applicants. For more information, apply to the International Relations Office of Heidelberg University (Seminarstraße 2).
Examination and study regulations B.Sc. (25 September 2006)
Examination and study regulations B.Sc. (22 July 2010)
Examination and study regulations B.Sc. (9 February 2012)
Examination and study regulations B.Sc. (9 February 2012, amended 2 November 2015)
Examination and study regulations B.Sc. (9 February 2012, amended 5 April 2019)
Issues arising in connection with examinations, credit transfer and academic credential recognition are dealt with by the relevant examinations board/office. For more information, consult the academic advisor(s) indicated below.
To study at Heidelberg University, tuition fees must be paid at the beginning of each semester.
Heidelberg University offers a consecutive M.Sc. course in Molecular Biotechnology.
Prof. Dr. Ulrike Müller
Dean of Studies; Molecular Biotechnology
Im Neuenheimer Feld 364, 5th floor
phone: +49 (0)6221-54-6717
Herr Dr. H. Schäfer
Im Neuenheimer Feld 364, 4th floor
phone: +49 (0)6221 544865
Frau Dr. D. Kaufmann
Im Neuenheimer Feld 364, ground floor
phone: +49 (0)6221 545670
Secretaries’ office for study and examination issues arising in connection with Pharmacy and Molecular Biotechnology
Faculty of Biosciences
Im Neuenheimer Feld 234
phone: +49 (0)6221 546036
fax: +49 (0)6221 544953