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The Master in Biochemistry at the LMU Munich is a cross-disciplinary program taught exclusively in English, and is open to German and international students. New classes start in the summer and in the winter semester. Accordingly, we offer two application deadlines for the Master in Biochemistry program.
Note: The program Master in Biochemistry is restricted and underlies a selection procedure. If selected you will have to travel to Munich for the entrance exam at your own expense!

1. Application deadlines:

  • January 15th: for summer semester - curriculum starts in April - application period: November 15th to January 15th)
  • July 15th: for winter semester - curriculum starts in October -application period: May 15th to July 15th)

These deadlines apply to all students (Germany, EU, international)

Please carefully read the information on these and linked pages. In case you still have questions contact us at (

2. Requirements:

  • Bachelor in Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry or a related topic.
  • Bachelor curriculum should include practical courses in Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Chemistry, Molecular Biology/Genetics, Cell Biology
  • Bachelors in Biotechnology will only be considered if transcripts show sufficient theoretical and practical skills in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology/Genetics/Cell Biology.
  • Bachelors in Pharmacy are not considered.
  • 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).
  • excellent command of the English language. We do not require a proof of English proficiency, however, you need to understand, speak, read and write English at a high level in order to master the curriculum.

3. Application

The application form opens only with start of the application period.

Application form

For completion of the online application you will need the following documents:
  • Short motivation letter (no more than 400 words)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Academic certificates (Bachelor's Degree) and/or transcripts of individual grades or current transcript of records with at least 130 out of 180 ECTS (72% of required points for your Bachelor's degree). Documents must be in German or English language.

4. Entrance exam

Based on your application we decide if you fulfill the necessary requirements for the curriculum and, if this is the case, invite you to a mandatory entrance exam here in Munich. After you have passed the exam (and, in case of international students, have been accepted by the International Office of the LMU - see below), you can be admitted to the curriculum.

  • the entrance exam is mandatory for invited applicants
  • only invited candidates may participate in the test. Candidates will receive an invitation letter from us after we have processed your application
  • written test of 90 min; results will be announced within a day
  • dates for the entrance exam are 2-3 weeks after each application deadline and will be announced to invited applicants
  • place for the entrance exam is the Gene Center in Munich. You have to take the entrance exam here in Munich at the specified date – no exceptions! Sorry, we are not in the position to arrange outside test locations, online testing or online interviews.
  • unfortunately travel expenses cannot be covered

How to prepare for the entrance exam:
Recommended text books:
Stryer: Biochemistry
Alberts: Molecular Biology of the Cell
List of topics relevant for the entrance exam: List of Topics

5. International students

In addition to your application with the Department of Biochemistry international students need to apply at the International Office of the university. The International Office checks your formal eligibility to study at a German university.
Note: Both offices -the Department of Biochemistry and the International office- need to accept your application!

Application deadlines for both offices are January 15th and July 15th.
More information about the application to the University and the necessary application documents can be found on the central website.