MSc in Systems Biology at Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg

Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg 4 Semesters
Germany Full Time
Master's Onsite

The program focuses on the reprogramming mechanisms of the metabolism in association with transcriptional, metabolomic, physiological, phenotypic, or behavioral changes including disease development. Current techniques of metabolomics and bioanalytics, including quantitative metabolite analysis methods (chromatography, mass spectrometry) are applied for comprehensive gene function analysis or stress response analysis. Bioinformatics and complex computational approaches yield insights into the field of computational biology and metabolic networks.

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Course Details:

During the first year of the program, the students enroll in two theoretical courses and one practical course in each of the two topics. All modules are accompanied by a graded examination. In semesters three and four, further specialized research training is provided in a selected field of interest. The students are actively involved in ongoing research projects. They learn to independently plan and perform both theoretical and experimental work and finally, to summarise and discuss the results obtained in their thesis. The thesis has to be presented and defended in a final colloquium. The thesis (25 ECTS) is preceded by an ungraded preparatory practical course of 12 weeks (15 ECTS).
Further modules (15 ECTS) are selected within the sub-area “Additional Qualifications” to cover special aspects of interest. These modules will not be graded (pass/fail only).

Enrollment Requirements:

Bachelor of Science in biology or equivalent study degree that fulfils the criteria of the “Fachkanon Biologie”, in particular:
(i) required basic skills in biology in the fields of botany, zoology, and microbiology which may have been achieved in the areas of cell biology, developmental biology, genetics, systematics, physiology, ecology, neurobiology, behavioural biology, 30 ECTS in total
(ii) required advanced skills in biology achieved in any of the following areas: cell biology, developmental biology, behavioural biology, virology, immunology, neurobiology, human genetics, microbiology, biotechnology, ecology, pharmaceutical biology, bioinformatics, biophysics, biochemistry, 45 ECTS in total
(iii) required skills in chemistry: inorganic, organic, physical, 15 ECTS
(iv) required skills in physics, mathematics, biostatistics, 15 ECTS

Documents required:

certificates of a degree in a Bachelor study programme (acquisition of 180 ECTS points) at the University of Würzburg or another national or international institution or a comparable national or international degree (for example state examination)
proof of a university or equivalent degree attesting the achieved overall grading
proof of previously achieved study and examination performances (transcript of records) which documents the basic and advanced skills in biology and all required skills in chemistry, physics, mathematics, and biostatistics
proof of English proficiency

Please submit either your final degree or your transcript of records to certify a minimum requirement of 150 ECTS. You have to submit your completed transcript of records not later than 15 September or 15 March, respectively.

Teaching Language:


Costs/Tuition Fees:

Free of Cost

Level/Field(s) of Study:

Master of Science Biosciences Systems Biology Metabolomics

Language Requirements:

Language requirements in English
The proof of skills in the English language should be at a level not lower than:
a) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with at least 570 points (paper-based TOEFL), 240 points (computer-based TOEFL), or 90 points (Internet-based TOEFL)
b) International English Language Test System with a score of 6.5 or better
c) Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
d) Bachelor’s degree from an English-taught course
e) any certificate issued by the Faculty of Biology’s admission committee after approving of English skills based on the assessment of a Bachelor’s thesis written in English, of a language course other than specified above, or an interview held in English
In addition, German language skills (e.g., B1 CEFR) are highly recommended and may be achieved during the first phase of the programme.

About the University/Institution:

The University of Würzburg, founded in 1402, is one of the oldest German universities with a long tradition in research and teaching excellence. So far, 14 Nobel laureates have worked here during different stages of their careers, including Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, who discovered X-rays in Würzburg, and Harald Zur Hausen. The latter received the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2008 for discovering that viruses trigger cervical cancer.

More than 29,000 students, including 2,700 young people from abroad, are enrolled at ten faculties. There are 10,000 people who work at the university and its hospital, among them 2,400 academic staff members and 400 professors.

Application Deadline:

For all applicants:
15 July for the following winter semester
15 January for the following summer semester

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European Bachelor's degree holders: Non-European Bachelor's degree holders send per mail to: Universität Würzburg International Office Josef-Martin-Weg 54/2 97074 Würzburg Germany

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