Faculty of BiosciencesBiochemistry – Bachelor 100%
Prospective Student Information Day at Heidelberg University – 17. November 2021
Biochemistry investigates and describes the molecular structures and chemical processes occurring in living organisms at all levels of organisation. This endeavour is predicated on the perspectives, insights and methods of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry and of molecular biology. Biochemistry therefore has a critical impact on the foundational research conducted in many areas of bioscience (including applied disciplines) and plays an increasingly decisive role in initiating basic research projects in the field of chemistry.
Facts & Formalities
|Degree||Bachelor of Science|
|Type of programme||Undergraduate|
|Start of programme||Winter semester only|
|Standard period of study||6 semesters|
|Language(s) of instruction||German|
|Fees and contributions||171.80 € / Semester|
|Application procedure||Subjects with admission restriction in the scope of the dialogue-oriented services procedure|
|Application deadlines||Information about deadlines can be obtained after you have put together a degree program.|
The Bachelor’s degree programme in Biochemistry is the first part of a research-orientated Bachelor’s and Master’s programme. An essential function of the Bachelor’s degree programme is to prepare students for the consecutive Master’s degree programme in Biochemistry or the acquisition of further qualifications in related disciplines. To this end, the Bachelor’s degree programme aims to give students an initial, broad grounding in the subdisciplines of chemistry, and ensure that they understand elements of mathematics and physics required for the study of biochemistry. Once students have gained this foundational knowledge, they move on to gain comprehensive theoretical and methodological knowledge, as well as practical skills in the various subdisciplines of biochemistry. In addition, they are introduced to topical issues within the field of biochemical research.
The Bachelor’s degree programme in Biochemistry is interdisciplinary. The curriculum is organised into modules consisting of classes (lectures, seminars, practical classes, lab practicals) which consider specific topics for predefined periods of time. There is a final examination for each class.
- The first part of the Bachelor’s degree programme focusses on basic subdisciplines of chemistry.
- Extension classes, which consider further, related subdisciplines of Biochemistry, begin in the third academic semester.
- Extension elements of the course include a six-week research placement in the field of biochemistry, which may be completed at external institutions in consultation with the University.
- At the end of the Bachelor’s degree programme, students must take a final examination and must spend eight weeks completing a Bachelor’s thesis focussed on a topic from the field of Biochemistry. Both the research placement and the Bachelor’s thesis may be completed at external institutions.
- This means that students might spend the fifth and/or sixth academic semesters abroad without prolonging the length of their period of study.