Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Institut für Biologie

M.Sc. Quantitative Molecular Biology



Students of this international, research-oriented Masters's program learn and apply modern molecular techniques and methods of cell biology. A particular focus lies on the quantitative analysis of molecules and cells aided by mathematical and theoretical concepts. Within the first year of the program, students attend several compulsory and elective modules that advance their competencies in the fields of Microbiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Plant Sciences, Infectionbiology, Cell biology and Immunology. The second year is research-oriented, including a study project and the final Master Thesis.

The framework of this consecutive Master's program is specified by the Study and Examination Regulations. The main text is only available in German, whereas the description of individual modules is in English.



Master of Science

Program duration

2 Years (4 Semesters)


Winter term




120 ECTS-Credits

Application Deadline

see Academic calendars and deadlines (non-restricted Master of Science)


Admission Requirements and Application Procedures


Prospective students require a first academic degree obtained in a course of study with a minimum length of three years in a biological field; usually, a bachelor's degree of at least 180 ECTS credits or equivalent. 

All of the following academic requirements must be met by the applicants to be admitted to this consecutive program. To prove the former, applicants are required to complete the Self-Assessment form. Additional credits, such as specific knowledge in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry and Biophysics, Microbiology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Statistics and Bioinformatics, serve as selection criteria and can improve the position in the ranking. Prospective students can find further information on requirements and the certificates to be submitted in the subject-specific Admission Regulations, available in German.

International applicants are offered initial counseling on the application procedure, especially documents and country-specific administrative matters (uni-assist), at 
Please also take note of the FAQ - Application for Master's Programs at IfB.

Language Requirements
Proficiency in English C1 (CEFR)
Academic Requirements
Molecular Biology 10 credits
Cell Biology 5 credits
Biochemistry 5 credits
Microbiology 5 credits
Chemistry 5 credits
Physics 5 credits
Mathematics and/or Statistics 5 credits


General information on the application for a master's program at HU
Application procedures and forms



Profile and Structure


The consecutive Master's program consists of compulsory (75 credits), elective (30 credits) and interdisciplinary elective modules (15 credits). During the first year, students attend three compulsory modules ('Molecular Biology', 'Quantitative Molecular Biology' and 'Scientific English for Publications and Presentations') and two elective modules out of four modules offered. In the research-oriented second year, students conduct a study project and proceed to the final module, the Master Thesis. 


Exemplary study plan M.Sc. Quantitative Molecular Biology


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Elective Modules

Students acquire a total of 30 credits, which corresponds to two elective modules (15 credits each) to be selected from the following offer:


QMB 6 Molecular Microbiology
QMB 7 From Molecules to Compartments
QMB 8 Molecular and Cellular Immunology
QMB 9 Epigenetics and Developmental Programs


Study Project / Master Thesis


A group or individuals work on a scientific project that has to be related to the theoretical and experimental topics of this Master's program. The study project extends over one or two semesters and comprises several hours of experimental work and a protocol. Scientific projects can be conducted at the Department of Biology or an associated research organisation, for instance, at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine. Students apply autonomously to research groups of their field of interest. For further information on the modalities of the Study Project, please get in touch with the Examination Office Biology/Biophysics.

Within the Final Module, students use their specific knowledge in a current research topic in the field of Molecular Biology, planning and conducting a scientific project at current research standards independently, and writing the Master Thesis.


ÜWP - Interdisciplinary Elective Modules

Students are free to attend modules of the Interdisciplinary Elective Area (ÜWP) in other disciplines or institutions of the university according to their preferences. The modules offered in this sector are posted on AGNES - ÜWP. Under certain circumstances, it is possible to attend regular modules of other programs (Non-ÜWP-Modules). If you are interested in attending Non-ÜWP-Modules, please contact the Examination Office Biology/Biophysics for detailed information.







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