Studying the immune system is key to understanding the molecular causes of many diseases. This applies to bacterial and viral infections as well as diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer's and cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. Immunobiology is a systems science: the functions of our most important defense mechanisms against pathogens at the level of molecules or atoms can only be understood in connection with intact organs in a living organism.

In the master's program Immunobiology: from molecules to integrative systems, students get to know model organisms and in-vitro approaches for researching the immune system and its important cells. By visualizing molecules in living cells and isolating the corresponding protein complexes, intracellular signaling pathways become visible. Using system approaches in the field of functional genomics, epigenetics and sophisticated bioinformatics, students learn to get to the bottom of the complex regulation and communication in the immune system. The aim is to learn how ingeniously the immune system works as a whole - and what went wrong in the event of illness.

Entry Requirement


  • Examination regulations (legally binding information)
  • University degree (domestic or foreign) in a relevant subject
  • English skills (language level GeR B2)
  • Specific modules: Experimental bachelor thesis or bachelor thesis from the field of bio-informatics
  • Passed the exam to determine the ability to study for applicants who are neither Germans nor citizens of a member state of the EU.

Career Prospects

Basic biomedical research (institutes of the Max Planck Society, large research institutions, etc.), development / production / marketing (industry), molecular diagnostics (for medical, biotechnical, environmental, forensic issues; in clinical disciplines - e.g. pediatrics, human genetics, internal medicine) , Science (teaching / research at universities, research institutions, etc.)

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