Application and Admission Procedures
The Master Programme Biochemistry is currently open to all applicants that fulfill the requirements.
Applicants with a B.Sc. degree in Biochemistry from the RUB or another German university can enrol in the M.Sc. programme at the students’ registration office during the enrolment period by presenting their degree certificate and the certificate of the mandatory counselling interview.
Applicants with a related or comparable (B.Sc.) degree from a German university must have their B.Sc. degree evaluated and deemed equivalent to the BSc degree in Biochemistry at the RUB before being enrolled. This evaluation is performed by the faculty’s Examination Board Biochemistry. Direct enrolment is not possible. For the enrolment at the students’ registration office the acknowledgement of equivalent academic achievements and the certificate of the counselling interview are required. In some specific cases it may be compulsory for the student to attend additional classes to make up for areas not covered in their B.Sc. degree programme. How to apply for recognition...
Applicants with a degree in Biochemistry or in a topically related (B.Sc.) degree from a foreign university must apply for admission at the university’s International Office ("Akademisches Auslandsamt").
A counselling interview with a member of the teaching staff in Biochemistry is obligatory. The certificate for having participated in the interview must be presented at enrolment. The counselling interviews are coordinated by the examination office.
Closing date for applications
Closing date for applicants with a degree from a foreign university: July 15. The Master Programme Biochemistry can be entered only in the winter term.
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The Master Programme Biochemistry offers compulsory and elective courses.
In the compulsory courses every student receives a broad, advanced education. This includes special topics you define and outline yourself based on your own literature search and which you present in a seminar. Furthermore, you will gain insight into membrane receptor signaling mechanisms in an advanced lecture course and will be acquainted with important concepts of bioinformatics. In addition, there will be courses on the legal aspects of handling radiolabeled substances and on taking care of laboratory animals. These courses include the offer to obtain federal certificates allowing you to work with radioisotopes and laboratory animals in laboratories all over Europe.
The following courses are compulsory while gaining an advanced education in the field of biochemistry:
- Biochemical Seminar
- Radiation Safety in the Radionuclide Laboratory
- Biochemistry IV
- Instruction in Laboratory Animal Science
After the first semester you are entitled to choose your own area of interest (your "focal point programme") among the many topics possible in the wide field of biochemistry. Choice is possible to the extent focal point programmes are offered by the life science community of the RUB, with a guaranteed minimum of three such programmes. At present 6 focal point programmes are offered, reflecting current areas of scientific competence at the RUB.
- Biochemistry of the Nervous System,
- Biomolecular Chemistry,
- Proteins: Structure and Biological Function,
- Molecular Biology and Biotechnology of Plants and Microorganisms,
- Molecular Medicine,
- Biochemistry of Stem Cells
There are 4 modular advanced practicals taking place during the first semester. You have to participate in practicals offered by 4 different focal point programmes of your own choice. This will allow you to gain a deeper insight into the research activities going on in a given focal point programme which may be of future interest for you. After you have chosen your focal point programme at the beginning of the second semester, you should participate in the lecture series of that focal point programme, where the supervisors of the specific programme will present and explain to you their own research. In parallel you will be trained in 2 laboratory bench projects (advanced practicals) within a research group of your choice. This is accompanied by 2 special lectures that you have to attend and by one elective course in chemistry. In summary, the following elective courses will have to be taken:
- 4 different Modular Advanced Practicals in the Focal Point Programme
- 2 Special Lectures in the Focal Point Programme
- 1 Lecture Series in the Focal Point Programme
- 2 Advanced Practicals in the Focal Point Programme
- 1 Elective Course in Chemistry
Altogether, a minimum of 37 credit points have to be earned with research practicals.
The master education concludes with your own research practical followed by your own research project where you should learn to plan and perform independent research, yourself
- Research Practical in the Focal Point Programme