M.Sc. Biochemistry

General

Program Description

This 2-year program offers a research-oriented education in one of Germany's top universities for biomedical research. Selected top students will be offered a "fast-track" option to start a Ph.D. thesis after 3 semesters of MSc studies.

You can choose between two specializations:

  1. Molecular Life Sciences
    • This program focuses on the structure and function of the molecules of life.
  2. Molecular Oncology
    • This specialization emphasizes the molecular and cellular study of human cancer. Lectures and practical courses are taught by molecular biologists and clinicians working in the field of tumor biology.

Program Content

  • Lecture,
  • Seminar,
  • Exercises,
  • Practical/laboratory course

Courses

Lecture

  • Molecular Oncology 2h WS O
  • Clinical Oncology 2h SS O
  • RNA-Worlds (WS, 2h, S)
  • Life Cycle of Proteins (WS, 2h, S)
  • Macromolecular Crystallography (SS, 8h, S) Lecture + Seminar + Practical
  • Electron microscopy and image processing in structural biology (SS, 2h, S)

Seminar

  • Oncology Seminar 1 2h WS O
  • Oncology Seminar 2 2h WS O
  • Practical Courses
  • Experimental Tumor Biology 3w WS O
  • Lab rotations 3w/6w/8w WS & SS O
  • Struktur und Funktion von RNA-Protein Komplexen (WS, 6h, S)
  • Protein quality control (WS, 6h, S)
  • Practical course of electron microscopy and image processing (SS, 8h, S)

Master thesis

  • The Master Thesis consists of a 6-month research project. It is normally carried out in one of the participating groups.

Note:

  1. For each lecture or seminar, the hours per week in the Summer semester (SS) or Winter semester (WS) are indicated
  2. For the practical courses, the number of weeks is given
  3. S: Structural and Functional Biochemistry
  4. O: Molecular Oncology

Application

Admission to the "Master in Biochemistry"

Applicants need to have a documented background in biochemistry and/or molecular biology. During their Bachelor studies they must have acquired the following number of credits either in area A or in area B:

Area A:

  • 35 ECTS: Fundamental competences in bioanalytics, biochemistry, molecular biology & structural biology
  • 10 ECTS: Documented knowledge of any combination of the following topics: cell biology, pathobiochemistry, toxicology, molecular tumor biology, virology, immunology, neurobiology, human genetics, microbiology, bioinformatics, biophysics
  • 55 ECTS: Documented knowledge of inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry

Area B:

  • 20 ECTS: Fundamental competencies in biochemistry and molecular biology
  • 20 ECTS: Documented knowledge of any combination of the following topics: animal physiology, anatomy or histology, toxicology, pathology
  • 25 ECTS: Documented knowledge of any combination of the following topics: genetics, cell biology, developmental biology, microbiology
  • (If necessary, your credits will be converted to the ECTS system)

In addition, applicants need to have completed their BSc studies with a grade average of 2.5 or better according to the German system (non-German grades will be appropriately converted).

Applicants who have not completed their BSc studies at the time of application can be provisionally admitted if, at the time of application, they have acquired the minimal number of credits listed above and they have acquired a total of 145 ECTS. Such candidates must hand in their BSc certificate (demonstrating a final grade of 2.5 or better) by 05. February 2021 in order to remain enrolled in this MSc program.

Candidates fulfilling the conditions above will be evaluated in an oral 30-minute interview. Successful candidates will be informed within 4 weeks about their admission to the program.

Application

The application deadline is 1. June 2020 for the study program beginning 12. October 2020.

Applications have to be submitted electronically. Access to the application platform is provided here (during the application period). The application period starts on 1. April 2020 and ends 1. June 2020

Scholarships

International students can apply to numerous organizations for a scholarship, for example to the DAAD, to party-related foundations or business-affiliated institutions. You can find information on the various types of scholarships in the DAAD scholarship database, along with suitable offers.

Last updated Mar 2020

About the School

The Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (JMU), founded in 1402, is one of the universities in the German-speaking world that have a long and rich tradition. Numerous famous scholars and scientists ... Read More

The Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (JMU), founded in 1402, is one of the universities in the German-speaking world that have a long and rich tradition. Numerous famous scholars and scientists have made their mark here, such as Carl Siebold, Rudolf Virchow, and Franz Brentano. So far, 14 Nobel laureates have conducted their research here, including Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, who discovered X-rays at Würzburg. In 1985, the physicist Klaus von Klitzing received this distinction for his discovery of the quantum Hall effect. Harald zur Hausen was given the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2008 for discovering that viruses trigger cervical cancer. More than 28,000 students, including some 2,300 young people from abroad, are registered with ten faculties. These can be divided into four main areas: Humanities, Law and Economics, Life Sciences, and Natural Sciences and Technology. The university and its hospital provide employment for 10,000 people. Around 3,000 are on the academic staff, more than 400 as professors. Read less
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