MSc Molecular BiosciencesApplication

We welcome applications from students who have earned, or expect to earn, a relevant bachelor's degree with a grade above average (Guidelines: German system: minimum 2.4; UK system: 2.1 or better.) by the end of the academic year preceding the desired semester of entry. Many of the applicants are in their final year of their Bachelor.

Subjects should generally focus on some aspect of the biological sciences, but students with other relevant degrees, e.g. in chemistry or physics, may be considered for some courses (see relevant web links for more information).

The application portal will open in February.

The deadline for the next round of selection is March 15, 2025.

Program start date: October each year.

When applying, you are expected to indicate your preferred major and any second preference. The number of available seats in each major is limited. Initial selection is based on grades earned to date and other relevant qualifications and experience. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview.

Status of the procedure

No certification is required for application. The check will be postponed until enrollment.


Application portal opens February
Application Deadline 15 March
portal closed
1364 applications
Checking of validity (formal checking)
1311 applications
Transforming the grades
Preranking by the admission committees:

Invitations to the interviews

Only candidates with a high preranking will be contacted by email. If you do not get an invitation it means, that you did not pass the first round successfully.
As can be seen on the right, the amount of applications is rather high and reasons why individual candidates are not invited will not be disclosed. Some general remarks about this can be found in the FAQ section (top right). 


Cancer Biology: invitations for interviews have been sent out on 23.04.2024
Infectious Diseases: invitations for interviews have been sent out on 18.04.2024
MCB: invitations for next step have been sent out 23.04.2024
MAPS: invitations for interviews have been sent out on 17.04.2024
Development: invitations for interviews have been sent out on 18.04.2024
Systems: invitations for interviews have been sent out on 24 and 25.04.2024
Neurosciences: invitations for interviews have been sent out on 23.04.2024





Short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview, Interview by Zoom / HeiConf / Skype or in Person - depending on Major and situation






Dispatch of admission letters

The admission letters will be dispatched as pdfs in HEICO


Second round of admissions

Students have to confirm their admission by 15 July.

If we have places left, candidates lower down the list can be admitted in this stage.

The rejection letters will be send as soon as the Zulassungszahlenverordnung becomes valid