Biochemistry (Master of Science)

Conditions of admission


Course content and focus areas 

The MSc in Biochemistry at the Goethe University Frankfurt is based on our long tradition of biomolecular research and education. It covers organismal, cellular and molecular biochemistry, membrane proteins, structural biology, and biophysical chemistry. A key concept is flexibility:  students can tailor their studies to their personal interests and career aspirations by choosing the courses that really interest them from the modules on offer. The MSc in Biochemistry is organised in close collaboration with the local research community, including the Max Planck Institute for Biophysics, the Paul Ehrlich Institute and the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacology, and Medicine. The aim is to provide candidates with the scientific knowledge and professional skills to become independent researchers. Our graduates are qualified to continue their studies with a PhD and to start an (academic) career at a university, in a research institution or to take up employment in diverse areas such as the chemical/pharmaceutical industry, public authorities, business management, marketing, publishing or consultancy.  

Detailed information

Information from the department
Study regulations 

Degree Master of Science in Biochemistry
Duration The standard length of study for the Master of Arts is 4 semesters.
Languages of instruction English 
Start of the programme The study programme starts at the beginning of the winter semester.
Student advisory service see here 

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Conditions of admission

Admission requirements a) Bachelor degree in Biochemistry
b) equivalent degree from a German university or higher education institution in Biochemistry or a related subject (e.g. Biophysics, Chemistry)
c) equivalent foreign degree in Biochemistry or a related subject

  • Proven knowledge in (1) biochemistry and (2) biophysical chemistry/biophysics/physical chemistry. A minimum of 20 CP in areas (1) and (2) is required along with at least 5 CP for each subject.
  • English language skills at level B2 proven by:
    - Five years of English at a school until graduation OR
    - UNIcert certificate level 2 OR
    - TOEFL test (Internet-based score of at least 80) OR 
    - IELTS test (score of at least 5.0) OR
    - Other proof recognized as equivalent such as a qualified university degree from a course of study completed exclusively in English.
Provisional admission

If the Bachelor has not yet been completed, you can apply for the programme with a transcript of records on the basis of at least 80% of the required for the bachelor's degree CP (normally 144 credit points). This provisional certificate must be issued by an office authorised to award grades or issue certificates. If a student is admitted, this will be on a provisional basis. Provisional admission is valid until the end of the first semester of the master’s program. The bachelor’s degree must thus be handed in by March 31 the latest.

Mode of admission Admission is not restricted.

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Documents to be submitted
  • If you are not already enrolled at Goethe-University Frankfurt:
    a university entrance qualification (e.g. A-Level)
  • Copy of the Bachelor´s degree and Transcript of records
  • Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree from other natural sciences disciplines have to submit the university degree certificate as well as a "Diploma Supplement" and a "Transcript of Records" or an equivalent document listing the courses completed during the study programme.
  • Applicants who have graduated from an international higher education institution have to submit the university degree certificate as well as a "Diploma Supplement" and a "Transcript of Records" or an equivalent document listing the courses completed during the study programme.
  • If the Bachelor's degree has not yet been completed:
    - a transcript of records or an equivalent document listing the performances to date with individual marks and an interim grade.
    - Confirmation of the higher education institution stating the start of the Bachelor’s thesis (Download in the online application portal or here)
    - proof of current enrollment in the bachelor programme
  • Declaration of examination claim (Download in the online application portal or here)
  • Proof of English language skills leve B2
  • APS certificate for applicants from India, Vietnam and China (original)
Application period 01.06. - 15.08. 
Address for applications Online application portal for Master's study programmes

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