About this course
Biochemistry has its roots in chemistry, biology and physics and is strongly influenced by medicine. It has the aim of explaining molecular structure and chemical processes at all organisational levels of living beings. Students taking this degree acquire general abilities in biochemical principles in conformance with other natural sciences, especially biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics. For the bachelor degree, students attend compulsory modules teaching a basic knowledge of general and inorganic chemistry, general biology, organic chemistry I, physical and biophysical chemistry, analytical chemistry, organic chemistry II, basics of biochemistry, microbiology, metabolic biochemistry, protein chemistry/enzymology, molecular biology, cell biochemistry/cell genetics, structural analysis, pharmaceutical chemistry, animal and plant physiology and mathematics and physics. The bachelor programme ends with the bachelor’s dissertation, in which students put the knowledge learnt into practice in their own project for the first time.
The four-semester strongly research-oriented consecutive master programme aims to increase knowledge in a number of sub-sections of biochemistry. The following major foci can be selected: microbial biochemistry, molecular biochemistry/bioanalysis, biotechnology, systems biology, biomedicine. In a diverse selected compulsory programme the focus is on the different subsections of biochemistry, e.g. bioorganic chemistry, structure and function of proteins as components of biological networks, biotechnology among others, and the related fields of medicine, biology, chemistry and physics. The classes in the modules can be offered in English. Due to the predominantly experimental method of working in biochemistry, internships are an essential part of the education in almost all teaching modules.
In order to study at a German university, a prospective student must provide a Hochschulzugangsberechtigung (university admission qualification). German applicants acquire an Abitur (General Qualification for University Entrance certificate), which allows them to apply for a spot at a university. International applicants must determine if their secondary school graduation is equivalent to the German Abitur prior to applying to a university.
Students who meet the application requirements may otherwise improve their chance of admission depending on which study programme they apply for or by passing the Test for Academic Studies (TestAS).