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How to apply


Applications are welcome from German, EU, and non-EU citizens with a Bachelor of Science degree (or equivalent) in Biological Sciences or a subject related to Biological Sciences. Applicants holding a Degree in Biotechnology, Biomedical programs, Agricultural Science, other fields of Natural Science, Mathematics, and Informatics will not be considered unless additional qualification in Biology is provided. In general, applicants will not be considered who hold a Master of Science degree in Biology, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Agriculture and other related fields.

Teaching language
The teaching language is English. Applicants whose native language is not English are required to certify their proficiency in English. Knowledge of German is not required.

Application deadlines
Applications have to arrive until 15th of July for the Winter Term (starting October) and 15th of January for the Summer Term (starting April). We recommend that applicants with a non-German degree submit their application one month earlier by June 15th and December 15th, respectively. Applications for the Winter Term (starting October 2017) may be submitted as of April 15th 2017.

Application procedure

In case of questions please contact: mscbiol-application(at)uni-koeln.de

Please proceed as follows:

1. Prepare a curriculum vitae (CV). The CV should include your address, E-mail, education, (if applicable professional experience, publications, awards, additional qualification, etc.), and the contact details of two academic referees who are able to comment in detail on your capacity to cope with the academic demand of the program.

2. Prepare copies of certificates and formal transcripts of your academic record, providing full details of the degree, the grades you have obtained, and the courses/modules you have taken.

3. Non-native speakers need to provide evidence of proficiency in English, level B2/C1 according to European standard (for example a German Abiturzeugnis, TOEFL, CEFR, IELTS). Alternatively, you may provide evidence of having spent at least 6 months in an English-speaking country or having completed a Bachelor program taught in English.

4. Prepare a Motivation Statement explaining (a) why you would like to join this particular M.Sc. program and (b) what are your specific skills that qualify you for this program (250 - 500 words).

5. Applicants with a degree of a German university (Bachelor or equivalent) complete the application form for the Master of Science in Biological Sciences and submit this form together with copies of the certificates and evidence of English language proficiency. Please compile all documents in one single PDF-file and send it to:


or send your application by regular mail to:

Degree Committee MSc Biol
Institute for Genetics
University of Cologne
ZülpicherStrasse 47a
50674 Cologne

6. Applicants with a non-German degree (Bachelor or equivalent) need legalized copies of the certificates (in English or German) and will need to apply via the online platform “uni-assist”.

The applications will be assessed by a committee. Only complete applications submitted in English may be considered.