Figure Mandatory Modules: Courses and classes for the "Mandatory Modules".
There are three mandatory modules from the main topic Biochemistry.
P 1 Main Topic Biochemistry - Practical Course
P 1 Main Topic Biochemistry – Practical Course (15 ECTS points)
P 1.1 Advanced research practical course in Biochemistry
P 1.2 Advanced seminar in Biochemistry
LSF code: T1YA
Research groups for P1:
The research laboratory course in Biochemistry can be performed in following research groups at the Gene Center:
Prof. Beckmann, Prof. Förstemann, Dr. Halic, Dr. Herzog, Prof. Hopfner, Dr. Jae, Prof. Klein, Dr. Stigler, Prof. Stingele, Prof. Subklewe.
Information about the groups and their research topics can be found here: research groups
Course structure, requirements, grading:
The research lab course is an all-day course, lasting 6 weeks during semester breaks and 8 weeks during the semester when lectures are being attended (= P 1.1). During the course, you participate in the lab meetings of your research group (= P 1.2). At the end of your research project, you will prepare a final written report and present a seminar in your group’s lab meeting. The written report has to be submitted within two month after the end of the practical course.
Your grade for the module P1 will be based on the evaluation of your research, your final report and seminar presentation.
For grading the supervisor should use this form: grading form
Please point your supervisor to the respective website. The form has to be downloaded to be fiiled in and saved with a new name.
Note: The research lab course canNOT be performed in the same lab where you carried out your Bachelor thesis project.
External practical course, application, grading:
If you wish to perform the research lab course outside the Gene Center, you have to obtain permission from one of the designated representatives, Prof. Förstemann or Prof. Beckmann. Please put together a brief application containing your contact data, a short description of the planned research (1-2 pages), an explanation why the research should be performed externally, and information about the host lab (research, contact). In addition, your external advisor needs to sign a consent form stating that s/he understands the requirements for the research lab course (consent form).
The signed application and the signed requirement form has to be submitted to the master's student office before starting the external practical course.
In addition, an electronic copy (pdf-file) of the written report has to be sent to email@example.com.
For grading of external research courses the supervisor should use the grading form (see above). Please point your supervisor to the respective website.
P 2 Main Topic Biochemistry I – Lectures
P 2 Main Topic Biochemistry I – Lectures (9 ECTS Points)
P 2.1 Life cycle of proteins
P 2.2 Flow of genetic information
P 2.3 Model organisms
|Life cycle of proteins
Fri 13:00 - 15:00, Lynen lecture hall
Tue 14:00 - 16:00, Lynen lecture hall
|Flow of genetic information
Fri 11:00 - 13:00, Lynen lecture hall
Prerequisites for certain lectures: none
Written exam (120 min); graded;
The written exam for module P2 will be held twice a year at the end of each semester;
The exam will cover the BC5 and BC7 lectures from the past winter semester and the BC6 lecture from the past summer semester.
Next exam: 16.02.2018, 10:00-12:00, Lynen lecture hall
Please register for the module exam using the lsf
P 3 Fundamentals in Data Analysis – Lecture and Exercise Block Course
P 3 Fundamentals in Data Analysis – Lecture and Exercise Block Course (6 ECTS Points)
P 3.1 Practical Bioinformatics
P 3.2 Tutorial in practical Bioinformatics
P 3.3 Statistics and data analysis
P 3.4 Tutorial in statistics and data analysis
The module will introduce basic quantitative skills essential for understanding modern methods in structural biology and functional genomics. The module covers the application of bioinformatic methods to problems in biochemistry research and the implementation of statistics and data analysis to work on scientific problems. During accompanying tutorials the acquired knowledge will be practised.
The course will take place twice a year during lecture free time (spring break Feb. / March and summer break September). Places are limited to 25 participants per course.
Written exam (90 – 120 min) at the end of the block course.; graded;
Next exam: 14.03.2018, 10:00-12:00, Römerforum-BioSysM; Repetition:17.04.2018, 10:00-12:00, Römerforum - BioSysM
The next P3 course will start 13.02.2018 and will end 09.03.2018.
P3 course registration for the spring break 2018 will be open 01.01.2018
Additionally an R-course (description) is offered before P3.
Attendance is highly recomended as providing the students with basic knowledge for P3!
R-course spring break: 05.02. - 09.02.2018, Building BioSysM, room K0.029 - 9:00-17:00.
Additional registration necessary here.
P 4 Main Topic Biochemistry II – Seminar and Colloquium
P 4 Main Topic Biochemistry II – Seminar and Colloquium (6 ECTS Points)
P 4.1 Subject-specific seminar in Biochemistry
P 4.2 Subject-specific colloquium in Biochemistry
At the seminar students extend their expertise of current literature and methods in Biochemistry and present and discuss publications covering specific topics and methods.
Lecturers from Biochemistry will offer specific topics which will be discussed by a group of six to eight students during a 2 day block course or a semester accompanying course.
The following seminares are currently offered:
P4 Literature and Methods Seminar WS 2017-18
Topic: Genome stability: from basic research to novel concepts in cancer therapy
Prof. Julian Stingele
Topic: Genome architecture: recent advances in studying chromosome structure
Dr. Johannes Stigler
Please register by sending an e-mail to the respective lecturer.
Registration deadline for all four seminars listed above is the 01.12.2017.
First come first serve!
The lecturer will inform you in time if the course will take place (enough students did register) and if you will be able to participate (not more than seven stundents did register before you).
For the colloquium in Biochemistry 20 talks presented by visiting professors and junior scientists have to be attended. Attendance has to be documented by the signature of the responsible organizer (host). Talks are not limited to a specific series or place. You can attend talks at any academic institution (even abroad). However, the topics have to come from the field of Biochemistry.
If you attend a conference or a symposium not more than three 45 min talks can be added to your colloquia list.
For documentation you can use this table or you can prepare your own.
P 5 Methods in Life Science – Practical Course
P 5 Methods in Life Science – Practical Course (9 ECTS Points)
P 5.1 Practical course in Life Sciences
P 5.2 Advanced seminar in Life Sciences
LSF code: T1YM
The research laboratory course in Life Science can be performed in any of the research groups at the campus in Großhadern and Martinsried or in any research group at the MPI in Martinsried or Helmholtz Center in Großhadern.
The P 5 practical course has to be registered with the master's student office before you start it. Please download the registration form here: registration form
Fill in the form, save it under "your name-registration P5" and send the pdf to:firstname.lastname@example.org
The research lab course is an all-day course, lasting 4 weeks (= P 5.1). During the course, you participate in the lab meetings of your research group (= P 5.2). At the end of your research project, you will prepare a final written report. The written report has to be submitted within two month after the end of the practical course.
If you wish to perform the research lab course in a research group outside Martinsried and Großhadern, you have to obtain permission from one of the designated representatives, Prof. Förstemann or Prof. Beckmann. Please put together a brief application containing your contact data, a short description of the planned research (1-2 pages), an explanation why the research should be performed externally, and information about the host lab (research, contact). Please indicate clearly on your application the module (P5 Methods in life science) you want to obtain permission for.
The signed application has to be submitted to the master's student office before starting the external practical course.
In addition, an electronic copy (pdf-file) of the written report has to be sent to email@example.com.
For grading of (external) research courses the supervisor should use the grading form (P5 grading form). Please point your supervisor to the respective website.
The P5 practical course canNOT be performed in the same research group as the P1 advanced research practical course!
P 6 Master’s Degree Module – Master’s Thesis
P 6 Master’s Degree Module – Master’s Thesis (30 ECTS Points)
The Master’s thesis is the work on a special question from Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry or any Extension Topic the student has chosen for her/his Master curriculum. It includes a written scientific report.
Entry requirements are the successful completion of the modules P1, P2, P3, and P5.
Information regarding the Master Thesis
At the end of your Master studies, this thesis will introduce you to independent work in the lab of your choice. The goal is that you achieve one or more rounds of the scientific workflow: Generate a hypothesis, devise experiments to test it, perform these experiments and analyze the data obtained (to the refine the hypothesis etc.). As you will see, this is exciting and very stimulating! To concentrate on this work, you should have finished all your other courses (but seminars = module P4 and equivalent can still be attended). You are free to negotiate a suitable starting date with the lab, but keep in mind that the Master Biochemistry program should be finished in four semesters.
The Master thesis can be carried out in any of the disciplines (main topics or extension topics) covered by your study program. If you would like to perform the Master thesis work in an external institution (e.g. Max-Planck, Helmholtz or research institutions abroad) or a LMU research unit not directly implicated in the study program, you will need an internal advisor from the field you have chosen for your Master thesis with corresponding scientific competence.
Please put together a brief proposal containing a short description of the planned research (1-2 pages) and information about the host lab (research, contact). The internal advisor has to sign this proposal. The signed proposal has to be submitted together with the registration of the Master thesis to students’ office.
The internal advisor will be responsible for accepting and grading the thesis. Usually, he or she will consult with the PI of the lab where the thesis work has been carried out. If you want to do your Master thesis in a lab outside of the LMU Munich, the formal consent of the head of the examination board (“Prüfungsausschussvorsitzender”) is required. We will take care of this once you have notified us of your plans (see form below).
The beginning of the Master thesis has to be announced in writing. Please fill in this form
and bring it to the students' office. We will then check whether you fulfill the formal requirements to start the thesis work; in case further signatures are required we will process the application internally. Please allow for sufficient time between handing in the form and the planned starting date (= at least two weeks, more is preferable especially during the lecture-free periods).
If you want to perform your Master thesis in an external institution submit the form together with the proposal (signed by the internal supervisor) to the students’ office at least four weeks before you plan to start your Master thesis.
The duration of the Master thesis is defined as 26 weeks in the study rules (Prüfungsordnung) and this CANNOT BE EXTENDED. Please plan accordingly as we cannot accept a late thesis!
Should you get sick during the time of your Master thesis, please ask your doctor for a corresponding certificate; the duration will then be extended for the time covered by the certificate.
That said, we wish you success with the experiments and hope that you will enjoy working as a scientist as much as we do!