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, 2024.

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

Checking of validity (formal checking)



Transforming the grades

Preranking by the admission committees:

in progress


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.
I regret to say, that if you are not one of the applicants who passed the first round, I can not tell you the individual reasons why. I have no access to the data. Please have a look at Why I am not  on the shortlist.

Cancer: invitations to the interviews will be sent on 25th April
InfDis: Invitations were sent on 21.04.2023
MCB: Invitations were sent on 21.04.2023
MAPS: invitations have been send
Development: invitations have been send
Systems: in the process of sending invitations
Neurosciences: invitations will be send either 27/4 or 28/4






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

Interviews MCB Major will take place: between 2.5 and 12.5
Interviews Neuroscience Major will take place: 8.5 and 15.5
Interviews Cancer Biology Major will take place:  in the period 2nd to 12th May, either by video call (individual arrangements) or in person at DKFZ Heidelberg, on 5th or 12th May (mornings)
Interviews Infectious Diseases Major will take place: 2.5.-10.5.2023; see personal invitation email for more info
Interviews Systems Biology Major will take place: tba
Interviews Molecular Applied Plant Sciences will take place: 24.04., 25.04., 26.04., 04.05., zoom
Interviews Developmental and Stem Cell Biology Major will take place: 26.04., 27.04., 03.05., Zoom






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 31 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