Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (Master-Studiengang)

Version: 03.05.2021

General Information

Programme type Master-Studiengang
Degree Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Credit points 120 CP
Standard period of study 4 semesters
Start of studies Wintersemester und Sommersemester
Form of study Classroom teaching, Full-time studies, International study programme
Medium of instruction English
Admission restricted (Uni-NC)
Specific admission requirements yes (Details)
Faculty Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät I - Biowissenschaften
Institute Institut für Biologie
Accreditation not accredited, accreditation in preparation
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Programme objectives

The international master’s programme MSc Molecular and Cellular Biosciences aims at providing a broad theoretical and methodological understanding of cellular functions at the molecular level, enabling students to acquire a comprehensive knowledge in one or more areas of molecular and cellular biology.

The study programme is designed to broaden and develop the students‘ ability to work systematically and scientifically, and to train logic-based analytical thinking in order to enable them to carry out scientific research independently in the molecular biosciences.

Students will acquire knowledge in recognizing and identifying scientific problems, developing structured approaches to address these scientific problems, to solve key questions experimentally and ultimately expand our knowledge of the subject area. In a collaborative and problem-oriented manner, students will be trained in working as a team with colleagues from different disciplines and to apply basic knowledge in a practical way.

The MSc Molecular and Cellular Biosciences 120 CP is strongly research-oriented and both lectures and examinations are held in English.

Career opportunities

MSc Molecular and Cellular Biosciences qualifies for positions in the following areas:

  • university research
  • PhD positions
  • research-oriented institutes
  • industry
  • production
  • administration
  • diagnostics
  • public service


The study programme is not yet accredited. The accreditation is in preparation.

Programme structure

The study programme is structured as follows:

  • Compulsory modules (45 CP)
  • Elective modules: three project modules (45 CP)
  • Master's thesis (30 CP)


The programme covers all aspects relevant for the research and the solution of bioscience-related issues. The curriculum is organised in a way that students are able to graduate from the programme within the regular period of study of 4 semesters.

A: Compulsory modules (75 CP)


CP rec. sem.

Fundamentals in Biosciences (introductory)

15 1

Research internship (advanced)

15 2 or 3
Project study (advanced) 15 3
Research project module (Master's thesis) 30 4

B: Project modules (Elective modules) (45 CP)

Three project modules (15 CP each) have to be successfully completed, at least two of them from the Institute of Biology's offer (B1).

Module CP rec. sem.
B1: project modules offered by the Institute of Biology
At least 30 CP must be obtained from the B1 elective modules on offer.

Developmental Biology

15 1 or 2

Molecular Animal Physiology

15 1 or 2

Molecular Genetics of Root Nodulation Symbiosis

15 1 or 2

Molecular Mechanisms in Developmental Genetics

15 1 or 2

Molecular Microbiology

15 1 or 2

Molecular Physiology of Microorganisms

15 1 or 2

Molecular Phytopathology and Plant Immunity

15 1 or 2
Molecular Plant Physiology 15 1 or 2
B2: project modules offered by other institutes 
A maximimum of 15 CP can be obtained from the B2 elective modules on offer.

Molecular Physiology of Plant Nutrition and Crop Yield

15 1 or 2
Nucleic Acid Biochemistry 15 1 or 2

Plant Biochemistry

15 1 or 2

Cell Biochemistry and Virology

15 1 or 2

The content, learning objectives, workload, requirements and prerequisites of specific modules are published in the module catalogue and in the study and examination regulations (in German only), respectively. 

Admission requirements

Applicants for the MSc Molecular and Cellular Biosciences must

  • hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent degree in a bioscience-oriented study programme and

  • prove good knowledge of written and spoken English.

Applicants must prove their English language proficiency by submitting either TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Certificate, Unicert II, German Abitur or an equivalent internationally recognised language certificate attesting level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). However, proof of language proficiency is not required if the first degree was obtained in a study programme taught in English.

Comprehensive knowledge of molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics and physiology is fundamental. Furthermore, basic knowledge in the basic scientific subjects (i.e. chemistry, physics and mathematics) is essential. Recognition is decided by the selection committee, which can impose conditions if necessary.

If the study programme is subject to admission restrictions and the number of applications exceeds the number of available study places, the available study places are allocated according to the Study Place Allocation Regulations of the Federal State of Saxony-Anhalt (Studienplatzvergabeverordnung Sachsen-Anhalt) and the regulations governing the selection procedure for the master's degree programme Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (selection regulations, i.e. Auswahlordnung) in the currently valid version. In this process, 50% of all study places are awarded to international applicants who do not have the same status as German applicants.

This chapter consists of excerpts roughly translated into English. Only the study and examination regulations are legally binding.


The admission to the MSc Molecular and Cellular Biosciences is currently restricted (Uni-NC).

  • Applicants with a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) obtained in Germany must apply via

    • by 31 July 2021 for winter semester, and
    • by 15 January 2022 for summer semester

  • Applicants with a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) obtained abroad must apply via

    • by 15 June 2021 for winter semester, and
    • by 31 October 2021 for summer semester

Halle University reconsiders its admission policy every winter semester and determines whether admission to a study programme is restricted (Uni-NC) or free (no NC). From May each year, the current decision is published here (see also General Information).

Required documents

The following documents must be submitted with the application for admission:

  1. An official certified hard copy of your bachelor's degree or equivalent  (i.e., graduation certificate and transcripts) and certified translations unless the originals are in English or in German. Important note: Applicants via uni-assist may apply online with scanned documents (both in original language and certified translations, if necessary). However, official certified hard copies of the translated graduation and language certificates must be submitted for enrolment.

  2. Halle University does accept provisional graduation certificates, if your degree is scheduled after the application deadline. Please submit your transcripts indicating minimum 2/3 of your total credits to be passed / your senior student stage, accordingly.  The final graduation certificate shall be submitted with enrolment, however, by no later than 31 January in the year following admission (winter semester) and 31 July in the year of admission (summer semester), respectively. Note: Extended submission deadlines - see Corona FAQ.

  3. Proof of English language proficiency (see admission requirements).

  4. relevant knowledge acquired with former studies in the following areas (Please provide additional proof if it is not reflected in your graduation certificate and/or course and grade overview of the undergraduate degree programme):

  • Basic courses in botany, genetics, microbiology, zoology, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biochemistry and/or molecular biology
  • Thesis: Appropriate topic in life sciences

Relevant knowledge will be considered and awarded with ranking points as part of the admission procedure.
For detailed information on the selection procedure, please see the selection regulations.

Fulfilment of the admission requirements does not constitute a claim to a study place for this programme.

This chapter consists of excerpts roughly translated into English. Only the study and examination regulations are legally binding.

Information for international applicants

For any questions regarding application and admission - except eligibility - please see website or contact Kati Gaudig (Student Registration Office - International Students Section).

Programme advisor

For detailed information concerning the contents, objectives and structure of the programme, please contact the programme advisor.

PD Dr. Ulrich Arnold

Institut für Biologie

Weinbergweg 10
Room: 131
06120 Halle (Saale)

Phone: 0345 55-26448

Consultation hours

Monday: 8–12
Tuesday: 8–12 | 13–15
Thursday: 8–12
Friday: 8–12

Prof. Dr. Ralf Bernd Klösgen

Institut für Biologie

Weinbergweg 10
06120 Halle (Saale)

Phone: 0345 5526201