Please read the requirements carefully before you start your application. The application period for the Master of Science program in Molecular and Cellular Biology starting in October 2021 (winter semester 2021/22) will probably be from February 1 until March 31, 2021. An online application is mandatory (you do not have to submit an application or paper copy by regular mail).
Applicants who are non-German citizens AND neither obtained their bachelor’s degree in Germany nor received their general university entrance qualification (“Abitur”) in Germany or from a German school abroad are required to submit a second, separate application to the LMU Office of International Affairs by July 15, 2020 for the winter semester 2020/21. The deadline for the winter semester 2021/22 will likely be July 15, 2021.
The selection procedure at the Faculty of Biology and the application to the International Office are two independent processes, with different application deadlines.
The International Office reviews the qualifications obtained abroad in order to certify whether the applicant is eligible to study at LMU Munich. The Faculty of Biology assesses the aptitude of the student and subsequently decides on the admission to the master’s program.
Online Application to the Faculty of Biology
The application period for the winter term 2021 will likely be from February 1 until March 31, 2021.
The following documents (in pdf format) are required for the online application.
- Curriculum vitae in English, indicating your name, academic background, work experience, etc. (max. 2 pages).
- Copies of your bachelor’s degree certificate and of your official transcript of records, including an explanation of the grading and creding system of your university. If the degree certificate is not yet available, a transcript of records indicating at least 120 ECTS credits is acceptable. The documents must indicate a grade point average and confirm that you have successfully completed a bachelor thesis in the scope of at least 10 ECTS credits. We ask that you send translations of these documents if they are in languages other than German or English.
- Motivation essay of up to 600 words in English. Please note that the motivation essay should include the following points in detail:
- The reasons of your interest in the program and your qualifications for it.
- The reasons why you would like to study at (the Faculty of Biology of) the LMU.
- The reasons for your interest in particular research groups or areas.
- Proof of your proficiency in English equal to a C1 level, as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) or proof of equivalent proficiency in English. This requirement will be met if you can show proof that either your program for university entrance qualification or your undergraduate program was entirely taught in English. You may also use your university entrance qualification certificate (such as the German “Abitur”) if it states that your English proficiency equals at least a C1 level. Please note that no proof of German is required. However, basic knowledge of German is helpful for living and cultural exchange.
You are encouraged to submit your application as soon as possible in order to avoid last-minute problems.
For applications submitted in February, we try to offer an early screening service. This means that your application will be examined and you will receive a message in case anything is missing or is not clear in your application. This way, you will still have the opportunity to complete your application before the end of the application period.