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The Master in Biochemistry at the LMU Munich is a cross-disciplinary program taught exclusively in English and open to German and international students. Each year, we offer two application deadlines for the Master in Biochemistry program (= application materials must be received by this date, so take the mailing time into account!).


January 15: program starts in April
July 15: program starts in October

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us (

Send your application by post (hardcopies!) and include all of the following documents:

  • Short cover letter (no motivation letter!)
  • Application form
  • Certified copies of academic certificates and/or transcripts:
    • High School Diploma (transcripts of individual grade)
    • Bachelor's Degree (transcript of individual grades or current transcript of records with at least 130 out of 180 ECTS
    • Curriculum vitae

Addressed to:

Application Master Biochemie
Department of Biochemistry
Gene Center of the LMU
Feodor-Lynen-Str. 25
D-81377 München


In order for your application to be successful, you should have a Bachelor in Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry or a related topic. Your Bachelor curriculum should include practical courses in Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Chemistry or related fields.
If you have not finished your Bachelor at time of application you can apply with a current transcript of records, showing individual grades for at least 72 % of the required credit points (130 ECTS out of 180 ECTS for German applicants).

Entrance Exam:

In addition, all candidates will have to take a mandatory entrance exam. You will recieve an invitation letter from us after we have processed your application, only invited candidates may participate in the test. The mandatory entrance exam will be held 2-3 weeks after each application deadline at the Gene Center in Munich. There will be no other possibility to take the entrance exam but here in Munich at the Gene Ceter at the specified date (see below).

Unfortunately, we cannot cover your travel expenses.

International students

International students have to send in two applications:

  • one to the Department of Biochemistry (check of professional background); please see above
  • one to the Office of International Affairs of the LMU Munich (check of formal eligibility to study at a German university).

Both offices need to accept your application!

The application deadlines are January 15th and July 15th.
More information about the application to the University and the necessary application documents can be found at the central webseite.

How to prepare for the entrance exam:

Recommended text books:
Stryer: Biochemistry or
Alberts: Molecular Biology of the Cell

List of topics relevant for the entrance exam:

List of Topics (PDF, 25 kB)
Example questions for the entrance exam (PDF, 54 kB)
Example questions and answers (PDF, 70 kB)


Entrance exam for winter semester 2019-2020 (application deadline 15th of July 2019):

Entrance exam for summer semester 2019 (application deadline 15th January 2019):
14 February 2019, 10 h, Lynen auditorium, Genecenter