Life Science
(Master of Science)

A person works on a device in the laboratory. © Eberhard Franke/LUH
© Eberhard Franke/LUH


Course type
Postgraduate studies (Master)
Standard Course Duration
4 semesters
Course Start
Winter semester, Summer semester
Language of Instruction
Language Requirements

German HZB: none
International application: German C1
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Restricted admission

Stay abroad possible, but not obligatory.

Short Description

The current, modern orientation of the traditional natural sciences – biology and chemistry – are more fascinating than ever before, particularly when taught and learnt in an interdisciplinary manner as life science. Life science is a very interdisciplinary scientific area that addresses the chemical and biological foundations of biological systems and their molecular and cellular interactions. Consequently, life science focuses on cellular systems (single cells, consortia and organs) and their molecular interaction with each other and within cell systems. For this reason, the degree programme in Life Science is taught in an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary manner, involving content from chemistry and biology focusing on four areas: bioprocessing technology; molecular biology; bioinformatics; and the biology and chemistry of natural products. The aim is for students to gain a basic understanding of the processes and organisation of life in single cells, groups of cells and organs, and to make these insights available for industrial use. Life Science was one of the first of these interdisciplinary degree programmes; students are trained with a strong emphasis on practical application, preparing them for a career in the life science industry. In addition, students on the Master’s degree programme in Life Science acquire the skills required to produce academic work independently, enabling them to embark on a doctorate.

Course Content

  • biomedical research
  • biotechnology
  • doctorate
  • life science
  • periods abroad
  • practical training in industry
  • practice orientation
  • the food industry
Course Structure

In the Master’s degree programme, students expand on their knowledge in the four areas of bioprocessing technology, bioinformatics, molecular biology and the biology and chemistry of natural products. In the first semester, basic modules on each of these four areas are offered in the compulsory area. In subsequent semesters, students select two areas as their specialisations and two areas as subsidiary subjects. The courses offered are structured so that students acquire knowledge in lectures; this knowledge is then expanded on in theoretical exercise classes and subsequently applied independently to real-life research tasks in group seminars designed especially for life science. Lab classes constitute a major element of the degree programme, ensuring that students have the skills required to perform such scientific tasks – after all, only intense practical training will empower students to work in a biotechnological laboratory. Six weeks of specialist practical training introduces students to the independent production of scientific work. A Master’s thesis is completed in the fourth semester.


Semester 1 2 3 4
  • Grundmodul Bioinformatik
  • Grundmodul Molekularbiologie
  • Grundmodul Bioprozesstechnik
  • Grundmodul Biologie und Chemie von Naturstoffen
  • Vertiefungsfach Bioprozesstechnik und Nebenfach Molekularbiologie


  • Vertiefungsfach Molekularbiologie und Nebenfach Bioprozesstechnik
  • Gentechnische Sicherheit, GMP/GLP, Gewässerschutz
  • Vertiefungsfach Bioinformatik und Nebenfach Biologie und Chemie von Naturstoffen


  • Vertiefungsfach Biologie und Chemie von Naturstoffen und Nebenfach Bioinformatik
  • Masterarbeit
Wahlmodule                                                           Wahlmodule / Schlüsselkompetenzen 6 LP

Recommended Abilities

Students should understand the fundamentals of Life Science and must be interested in research-orientated relations.

Career Opportunities

The study objective is for students to gain a scientific education that also qualifies them to enter a profession in chemical and biotechnological research, production and quality control. The broadly based programme qualifies and enables graduates to work in most areas of research, R&D and quality control in the chemical and biotech industry. In addition, students have the skills required to embark on doctoral studies.

Admission requirements and application

Admission Requirements

An undergraduate degree in a related field of study, such as

For master's degree programmes with restricted admission, places shall be allocated according to the university’s own selection procedure, if there are more applicants fulfilling the admission requirements than there are places available. The exact admission requirements can be found in the admission regulations: 

Application Deadlines

First-year students

  • June 1st – July 15th of the year for the winter semester

Students resuming their studies and transfer students (application in a higher semester)

  • June 1st – July 15th of the year for the winter semester
  • December 1st – January 15th of the year for the summer semester
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Zentrale Studienberatung
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover
Zentrale Studienberatung
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover