Biochemie (Master of Science)

Conditions of admission


Course content and focus areas 

The Master’s degree course in biochemistry at the Goethe Universität Frankfurt is based on a long-standing tradition in biomolecular research and education. The course aims at providing scientific knowledge and occupational skills to candidates that they may become independent researchers. The Master’s programme includes Cellular Biochemistry, Structural Biology and Biophysics/Biophysical Chemistry and allows setting focal points depending on the students interests.  Training is arranged in close cooperation with the local research environment and includes the departments of Physics, Molecular Biology, Medicine, Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysics, and Paul-Ehrlich-Institute. The programme especially accommodates membrane proteins and structural biology, areas in which Frankfurt has a strong research tradition. Graduates will be able to make decisions that are based on rational case analysis and reflect an established scientific tradition, while keeping ethic and social conditions in mind. The Natural- and Life sciences are developing very fast. Therefore it is important that the students continue to educate themselves and to integrate new knowledge throughout their subsequent careers. Our graduates are qualified to continue with a PhD or to get a job in industry, business management or in marketing, publishing companies or business consultancies. 

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 German 
Start of the programme The study programme starts at the beginning of the wintersemester.
Student advisory service see here 

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Conditions of admission

Admission requirements Admission for the Master’s programme takes place by enrolling at the Goethe Universität Frankfurt.
  • The main requirement is a Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from a German higher education institution, or an academic degree recognised to be equivalent. 
  • In order to gain admission to the MSc course in Biochemistry at the Goethe Universität Frankfurt/M., knowledge in (1) biochemistry and (2) biophysical chemistry/biophysics/physical chemistry is required. You must have obtained at least a total of 20 CP in areas (1) and (2), while at least 5 CP are required for each subject.
  • Letter of Motivation (max. 2 pages)
  • Applicants with an international university entrance qualification and Bachelor's degree must prove sufficient German language skills according to the regulations of the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH), the German language test for university entrance.
Provisional admission

If the university entrance qualification for the consecutive Master’s programme (namely the Bachelor’s degree) 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 (winter intake) or September 30 (summer intake) 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 degree
  • 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
  • CV
  • Letter of motivation
  • Declaration of examination claim (Download in the online application portal or here)
  • Applicants who do not have a German university entrance qualification or have not completed their degree at a German higher education institution must also prove that they have sufficient German language skills.
  • 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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