The program is organized by the Department of Biochemistry in association with the Faculty of Biology. This interfaculty arrangement offers an interdisciplinary education in advanced and most modern experimental and theoretical skills. Internationally known and well-connected researchers teach state-of-the-art biochemistry as well as practical and organizational skills with the goal to enable students to independently conduct competitive research in Life Sciences. uring the program all students receive a thorough mandatory training in advanced Biochemistry. In addition, they have the option to choose from numerous subjects as complementing major or minor subjects. The underlying idea is that students can develop their own interests and either gain a broader knowledge around biochemistry or focus and specialize in particular fields in depth. In providing an appropriate environment, the research of the Department of Biochemistry mainly focusses on Structural Biology and Innate Immunity, with a strong publication record proving the excellence of the teaching faculty in these fields. Students with interest in these research areas can expect top of the line education from experts who are geared to inspire young researchers. Moreover, the setting in Großhadern/Martinsried allows for the easy access of other institutes, which are readily participating in the education of our students, offer research internships and cover almost all other major fields of modern Chemistry and Life Science.
An integral and absolutely critical part of the curriculum is to work in laboratories on real research projects either in the context of research internships or the Master thesis. Here, we actively encourage and support our students in following their interests and also choose labs outside of the LMU. Therefore, a large fraction of each class manages to secure internships or Master thesis positions in international labs of highest scientific reputation. We help our students with the identification of such labs and provide advise on how to apply and also on how to secure financing. After successfully completing their Master curriculum at the LMU, the vast majority of the Biochemistry students continue their academic education with graduate studies in order to receive a Dr. rer. nat. or a PhD.

Program Structure

The program takes two years, divided in four semesters.
120 credit points (ECTS points) have to be earned from mandatory and compulsory elective modules.

Figure Program Master Biochemistry. Students can choose one main topic from Biology or Chemistry and one extension topic or they can choose three extension topics. Abbreviations: Mandatory module (PF), compulsory elective module (WPF), practical course (P), seminar (S), colloqium (Koll), lecture (V), exercise (Ü), module exam (MP), credit points (ECTS).

Students will earn 45 ECTS points from the mandatory modules P1 - P5.
Students will get 30 additional ECTS points from the mandatory Master thesis work (P6).
To earn the remaining 45 ECTS points from compulsory elective modules students have two options:

Option 1: Choose one main topic from Biology or Chemistry (30 ECTS points) and one extension topic (15 ECTS points).

Students can choose:

  • Cell Biology or Microbiology as a main topic from Biology or
  • Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, or Theoretical Chemistry as a main topic from Chemistry

Students may not choose an extension topic identical to the chosen main topic.

Option 2: Choose three extension topics (each 15 ECTS points) from the list above

Entry Requirement

Prerequisites to qualify, in principle, for the curriculum/entrance exam:
- Bachelor in Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry or a related topic.
- Bachelor curriculum should include practical courses in Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Chemistry, Molecular
  Biology/Genetics, Cell Biology
- Bachelors in Biotechnology/ Engineering or Pharmacy will only be considered if transcripts show
  sufficient theoretical and practical skills in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology/Genetics/Cell Biology
- if you have not finished your Bachelor at time of application you can apply with a current transcript of records,
  showing individual grades for at least 72 % of the required credit points (130 ECTS out of 180 ECTS for German
- excellent command of the English language. We do not require a proof of English proficiency, however, you need
  to understand, speak, read and write English at a high level in order to master the curriculum.

Documents for application:
• Short cover letter (no motivation letter!)
• Curriculum vitae
• Application form
• Academic certificates and/or transcripts as certified copies:

       o High School Diploma (transcripts of individual grade)
       o Bachelor's Degree (transcript of individual grades or current transcript of records with at least 130 out
          of 180 ECTS


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