Launch of EU H2020 project ‘ERGO’

8/02/19 Prof. Dr. Thomas Braunbeck and Dr. Lisa Baumann of the Aquatic Ecology and Toxicology research group at the COS, just received 1.2 Mio Euro funding from the EU for two new research projects on the effects of endocrine disruptors in fish. Together with 15 international partners, they just launched their 5-year EU H2020 project "ERGO“ on new testing and screening methods to identify endocrine disrupting chemicals (see https://twitter. [...]

MSc Molecular Biosciences - Application


We welcome applications from students who have, or expect to have, completed a relevant Bachelors degree with an above-average* grade by the end of the academic year preceding the desired semester of entry.

*Guidelines: German system: at least 2.4; British system, 2.1 or above. Degree subjects should generally be focussed on some aspect of biological sciences, but students with other relevant degrees, for example in chemistry or physics, may be considered for some Majors (see their web links for more information).

Application: gateway to the application (usually opens around the first of February)

You can follow the process, see below.

The deadline will  15th of March 2019

Programme Start: 1 October, 2019

When you apply you will be expected to name your preferred Major, and to give a second choice. The numbers of places available in each Major are limited. The initial selection will be made on the basis of the grades obtained so far, plus any other relevant qualifications and experience. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed.

For all further information refer to:



Process status result
Application until March 15 (application period starts February 1st)  Application Gateway: open  
List of applications which arrived in time:    

Checking of validity (formal checking)





Transforming the grades    

Preranking by the admission committees:

until end of April


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 am I not on the shortlist.

until end of April



Short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview, alternatively overseas candidates will be interviewed by telephone/Skype


Interviews MCB Major will take place on Tuesday May 7th 2019
Interviews Neuroscience Major will take place on Monday May 6th 2019
Interviews Cancer Major will take place on two days Tuesday April 30th and Wednesday May 8th (candidates will be invited for one of these days)
Interviews Infectious Diseases Major will take place on tba
Interviews Systems Biology Major will take place on tba
Interviews Molecular Plant Sciences will take place on tba
Interviews Developmental and Stem Cell Biology Major will take place on tba








Dispatch of admission letters

The admission letters are send by email (international only) and in paper form. We use the address you have provided us - please have a look in that mailbox (your home address??).

We will send the admission letters by normal post only, it is not possible to use a courier service.

Mid May


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    



Valid Application:

If you are not on the list please have a look at our FAQ.

Frequently made mistakes: forms not signed, missing transcripts, transcripts/diplomas not certified

Applications in time: