Faculty of BiosciencesMolecular Biosciences

The Molecular Biosciences degree programme provides students with an opportunity to continue their academic careers in their chosen field of Biosciences.

Within the Molecular Biosciences programme, the following subjects may be chosen as majors:

  • Neuroscience 
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology 
  • Cancer Biology 
  • Infectious Diseases 
  • Developmental and Stem Cell Biology 
  • Molecular Plant Sciences 
  • Systems Biology 

Each major is designed to provide a comprehensive, yet focused, education in the most exciting fields of modern biological research.

Special Features and Characteristics

Heidelberg University is renowned for its concentration of world-class biological research laboratories, all of which are open to students. Instructors from the Faculty of Biosciences, most of whom work and teach in the Bioquant, BZH, Center for Infectious Diseases, COS, DKFZ, IPMB, IZN or ZMBH, stand ready to welcome and guide new students as prospective members of our research community.

Research

Each major subject within the Master’s degree programme represents a special area of research at Heidelberg University:

  • Cancer Biology 
  • Developmental and Stem Cell Biology 
  • Infectious Diseases 
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology 
  • Molecular Plant Sciences 
  • Neuroscience 
  • Systems Biology 

Occupational Areas

Molecular biologists typically pursue careers

  • in research institutes, e.g. for natural sciences or medicine 
  • at universities  
  • in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry 
  • in environmental agencies 

Insights

I first became interested in biology at school. What I like about the MA programme here in Heidelberg is the strong focus on molecular biology, the diversity of departments that you can choose from, the practical lab work that I really enjoy and the confrontation with scientific approaches to solving problems.

Hannah Walter, 25, Molecular Biosciences, 5th semester Master

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