(Bachelor of Science)

A red frog is sitting on a leaf. © Prof. Steinleichner, TiHo
© Prof. Steinleichner, TiHo


Course type
Undergraduate studies (1 Subject bachelor)
Standard Course Duration
6 semesters
Course Start
Winter semester
Language of Instruction
Language Requirements

German HZB: none
International application: German C1
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Stay abroad possible, but not obligatory.

Short Description

Biology is the science of living nature. Biology describes and explores the manifestations of living systems, whether at the molecular level, in organisms or in ecosystems. Modern biosciences provide the foundation for interdisciplinary scientific areas such as molecular biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, bioinformatics and ecology. The Bachelor’s degree programme in Biology is delivered jointly by Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH), the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover Foundation (TiHo) and Hannover Medical School (MHH); the programme is organised by the Central Facility for Biology, Hannover (ZEB). Students register at Leibniz Universität Hannover. The fact that three universities are involved in delivering this programme means that students have a wide range of options in an interdisciplinary environment. Modules covering scientific foundations such as Botany, Plant Physiology, Molecular Biology and Genetics are primarily offered by Leibniz Universität Hannover. Modules from the fields of Zoology or Animal and Human Physiology are offered at TiHo and MHH. Teaching involves a high proportion of practical work, enabling scientific work practices to be conveyed. Once students have completed the scientific foundations, the programme enables them to specialise in a specific area. The programme consists of a compulsory area, a compulsory elective area and an optional area involving the Studium Generale.

Course Content

  • Biochemistry
  • Biodiversity
  • Biostatistics
  • Botany
  • Developmental biology
  • Genetics
  • Geobotany
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular biology
  • Plant biotechnology
  • Plant physiology
  • Stem cell biology
  • Animal physiology
  • Behavioural biology
  • Cell biology
Course Structure

The degree programme has a modular structure. Each module consists of a combination of different types of courses. Students are assessed continually throughout the programme; their results go towards the overall grade in the Bachelor’s examination. The degree programme is divided into a compulsory area and a compulsory elective area. In the first two years, students receive a broad and thorough grounding in modern biosciences, chemistry, mathematics and physics. The main emphasis here is on scientific training and gaining professional qualifications in biology. Students learn the latest methods and techniques that are currently used in the lab. Students have the opportunity to specialise in their third year. After completing a module on Research Conception, students prepare a Bachelor’s thesis. Having passed the Bachelor’s degree, graduates may proceed to a Master’s degree programme and a doctorate.


Semester 1 2 3 4 5 6

Compulsory modules

  • Cell Biology and Genetics
  • General Botany
  • Zoological Systematics and Knowledge of Animal Species
  • General and Bioinorganic Chemistry
  • Mathematics for Biology
  • Foundations of Ecology
  • Special Botany
  • Organic Chemistry
  • General Zoology and Behavioural Biology
  • Physics for Biology
  • Functional Morphology of Animal Organisms
  • Molecular Biology
  • Microbiology
  • General Biochemistry
  • Evolution
  • Introduction to Bioethics
  • Developmental Biology
  • Animal and Human Physiology
  • Plant Physiology
  • Biometrics/Biostatistics

Mobility window

(30 CP)

Research Conception

Bachelor’s thesis

Optional modules or compulsory elective modules during term time


  • English
  • Language Exercises (free choice: see Centre for Applied Linguistics and Special Languages)


  • Adult Stem Cells in Regenerative Medicine
  • Medical Entomology
  • Animal Ethics
  • Biological Research on Site
  • English
  • Soft Skills (Centre for Key Competences)
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Plant Biotechnology
  • Microcosm Model Systems of Aquatic Ecology
  • Biochemistry of Natural Substances
  • Foundations of Laser Medicine
  • Laboratory Animal Science
  • Adult Stem Cells in Regenerative Medicine
  • Special Microbiology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Cellular and Molecular Biochemistry
  • Species Protection and Environmental Policy
  • Experimental Marine Biology
  • Molecular Parasitology
  • Work Placement / Lab Practical
Recommended Abilities
  • An enquiring mind for all biological and scientific disciplines
  • Self-discipline
  • An interest in lab work
  • Initiative
  • Writing and understanding texts
Career Opportunities
  • Sales in the biotech or pharmaceutical industry
  • Work in the food or agricultural industry
  • Medical research in the technical area
  • Public relations work
  • Administration and technology transfer
Admission requirements and application

Admission Requirements

The exact admission requirements can be found in the admission regulations: 

Application Deadlines

01.06.-15.07. of the year for the winter semester

  • First-year students (application for the 1st semester) can only apply for the winter semester.
  • Students resuming their studies and transfer students (application for a higher semester) can also apply for the summer semester (December 1st - January 15th).
  • Requirements for applications from non-EU countries:
    • VPD from uni-assist OR a passed assessment test (Feststellungsprüfung) of a preparatory foundation course (Studienkolleg)
    • Applications for the Studienkolleg must be submitted by July 15th.

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Zentrale Studienberatung
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover
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Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover