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Application for summer term 2020 - preliminary schedule

- Uni assist (Application portal for applicants with a non-German Bachelor's degree):
portal will be opened in November 2019

- KLIPS (Application portal for applicants with a German Bachelor's degree): 
portal will be opened in December 2019

further information is provided under "Application procedure" below.


Requirements for admission

Requirements for admission to the Master's study program in Biochemistry are defined in Appendix 1 of the examinations regulation. Admission to the study program requires the availability of several certificates (see § 2, Nr. 1, examinations regulations), these are:

  1. Bachelor's certificate (or equivalent) in Biochemistry or a similar biochemical study program, in natural sciences where at least 180 credit points have been achieved and the final grade is at least "good" (i.e. 2,5) or better.
    PLEASE NOTE: Grades of applicants with a non-German degree will be transfered to the German grading scale by uni-assist.
  2. At least 36 credit points (ECTS) of 180 have to be achieved in basic or advanced biochemical courses, laboratory trainings or the bachelor thesis. Subject areas which can be credited are modules in biochemistry, molecular biology, biophysics, protein engineering, environmental biochemistry, bioenergetics, or metabolism.
    PLEASE NOTE: Modules or courses in areas like cell biology, microbiology, medical (bio)chemistry, organic/inorganic/physical chemistry, physiology, genetics, bionanotechnology, (bio)pharmaceutic chemistry, or bioinformatics do not count as biochemical subject areas.
  3. The teaching language is English. Applicants whose native language is not English are required to certify their proficieny in English. Knowledge of German (and corresponding certificates) are not required.
    Non-native speakers need to provide evidence of proficiency in English (level B2/C1 according to European standard, e.g. German Abiturzeugni, IELTS Academic total score of at least 6.5, TOEFL total score of at least 79 or having completed a Bachelor program taught in English).
  4. Submission of a complete set of application documents and forms which are listed and provided by the application portals.
If you have not completed your Bachelor's study program by the time of application for the Master's program:
  • At least 80% of the total credit points, which can be achieved in the Bachelor's study program have to be obtained successfully.
  • Please submit a transcript of records that indicates a preliminary grade, which is then used for the application procedure.
  • In the case of admission to the Master's study program, admission is subject to the condition that the last examination in your Bachelor's study program has been completed by 30th September when applying for winter term, and by 31 March when applying for summer term, respectively. The successful completion of open examinations has to be provided to the office of examinations at the latest 6 weeks after beginning of the Master's study term. If these certificates are not provided at all or not provided in time, confirmation for admission will be invalidated.


Who can apply?

Applications are welcome from German, EU, and non-EU citizens with a Bachelor of Science degree (or equivalent) in Biochemistry or a subject related to Biochemistry, such as Biology, Chemistry, Biomedical programs, Microbiology or other fields of Life Sciences.
Applicants holding a degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacy, (Industrial) Biotechnology, Chemical or Biological Engineering will not be considered unless additional qualification in Biochemistry is provided.
In general, applicants will not be considered who hold a Master of Science degree in Biochemistry, Biological Science, Chemistry, Biotechnology, Molecular Medicine or Microbiology.



Applications have to be submitted
- by 15th of July for the Winter Term (starting in October)
- by 15th of January for the Summer Term (starting in April).

Application procedure

Applicants with a German (Bachelor’s) degree  

1. Register via the KLIPS 2.0 Portal

- As a student of the University of Cologne please log-in with your existing S-mail-account into KLIPS2.0. (“Log-in” top right).
- All applicants who are not yet enroled at the University of Cologne have to register for a new applicant KLIPS2.0. Account

2. Follow the application procedure in KLIPS 2.0. You need to submit/upload all requested documents in KLIPS.
Please Note: Your application will only be valid and considered, if you submit all required documents on time via the KLIPS portal.

  1. University entrance certificate (or equivalent degree of qualification for access to German universities) - Hochschulzugangsberechtigung (Abiturzeugnis)
  2. Bachelor certificate and/or transcript of records of your Bachelor’s degree or equivalent (if formal degree certificates are unavailable when you apply, they can be handed in later)
  3. CV
  4. Specific form where applicant describes scientific background and motiviation (provided at the KLIPS portal as pdf form to be filled in)

Optional additional documents

  1. Certificate of proficiency in English (if not provided by university entrance certificate)
  2. Other documents


Applicants with a Non-German (Bachelor’s) degree 

1. Register via uni-assist e.V.

2. Follow the application procedure in uni-assist.

A - Edit application data (online in uni-assist)
B - Answer general questions (online in uni-assist)
C - Allocate files:

  1. CV
  2. Certificate of proficiency in English
  3. Study certificate
  4. University entrance certificate/School certificate (or equivalent degree of qualification for access to German universities)
  5. Copy of passport
  6. Study description (form is provided on the uni-assis portal on the first page or here) -
    this form is obligatory, if you do not submit it, your application is considered as incomplete!

D - Submit/upload online all documents requested under C in the uni-assist portal.
E - Send legalized/notarized hard copies of certificates in English or German by post to uni-assist:

uni-assist e.V.
11507 Berlin



  • You don't have to send any documents as hard copies to the University of Cologne!
  • Applications will only be processed and considered if they are complete and arrive by the end of the deadlines (15th of July for the winter Term starting in October, 15th of January for the summer Term starting in April). We recommend to submit your application as early as possible, the application portal will be opened around 8 weeks before deadline.
  • Application has to be verified by uni-assist for formal accuracy, thus please ship legalized hard copies of all your school and study certificates to uni-assist before the deadline.