Faculty of Engineering SciencesMolecular Biotechnology – Master

The degree programme in Molecular Biotechnology offers students a modern, interdisciplinary education in which the primary areas of focus are substance research, bioinformatics, and biophysical chemistry.

Facts & Formalities

DegreeMaster of Science
Type of programmeConsecutive
Start of programmeWinter and summer semester
Standard period of study4 semesters
Language(s) of instructionGerman and English
Fees and contributions151.05 € / Semester
Application procedureConsecutive master’s programmes with admission restriction
Application deadlinesInformation about deadlines can be obtained after you have put together a degree program.

Course Content

The Master’s degree programme in Molecular Biotechnology consists of the three core areas of Bioinformatics, Biophysical Chemistry, and Substance Research. The programme’s interdisciplinary character enables students to specialise in the area of their preference and provides them with outstanding preparation for a scientific career in one of the life sciences fields. Courses in the Master’s degree programme provide both theoretical and practical instruction in Bioinformatics, Biophysical Chemistry, and Substance Research. Students may attend lectures and seminars from throughout the broad range of course offerings at Heidelberg University and beyond, allowing them to develop their own individual orientation. Generic courses in entrepreneurship, project management, and proposal writing round out the course offering. 

The programme focuses on practical work in research laboratories. This work may also be performed in part at other universities or research institutes both within Germany and abroad. This means that students will spend the majority of their time in scientific laboratories and in conducting their own individual research projects. Findings from these projects are frequently published in leading scientific journals.

Course Structure

The degree programme primarily focuses on Substance Research, Bioinformatics, and Biophysical Chemistry. The Master’s thesis will be completed in the fourth semester. There is a great deal of flexibility in the individual combination of courses to be taken. Students may put together their own individual combination of courses chosen from the wide variety of lectures, seminars, and labs offered at Heidelberg University. 

For nearly all Master’s degree programmes, there is a corresponding doctoral programme. Underscoring the high quality of the Master’s degree programme is the fact that many graduates are recruited into doctoral programmes at internationally-renowned universities and research institutions. Some graduates also go on to work in careers in industry without pursuing a doctorate.

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