Life Science
(Bachelor of Science)

A person works in a laboratory and looks at a blue liquid in a test tube. © Eberhard Franke/LUH
© Eberhard Franke/LUH


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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Restricted admission

Stay abroad possible, but not obligatory.

Short Description

What effect do antibiotics have on the body? And how can they be produced biologically? Can plants be used to make plastic bags? And how can new skin be created for fire victims?

Questions that are explored within a comparatively young interdisciplinary science: life science. Life science evolved as the demand for specially trained scientists for the expanding field of biotechnology grew in the chemical industry and chemical research in Germany. In a bid to meet the demand for such early career researchers, Leibniz Universität Hannover introduced its very practice-oriented degree programme in Life Science in 2001 – the first programme of its kind in Germany. Life science, which combines the traditional subjects of chemistry and biology, is primarily concerned with processes occurring in the cells of all organisms (e.g. microorganisms, plants and humans). The findings are to be implemented in industry to create new biological substances for patients, higher-quality food for consumers, green fuels and natural cosmetics.

Course Content

  • bioinformatics
  • biomedicine
  • bioprocessing technology
  • biotechnology
  • life science
  • molecular biology
  • sensory properties
  • the chemistry of natural products
  • tissue engineering
Course Structure

Students on the Bachelor’s degree programme gain a solid basic knowledge of biology and chemistry. In the first two semesters, students learn fundamental knowledge, comprising not only general biology and general chemistry but also microbiology, mathematics, physics, English and IT. From the third semester onwards, greater emphasis is placed on the overarching Life Science module comprising bioinformatics, molecular biology and bioprocessing technology as well as the biology and chemistry of natural products. In addition, students take further specialisation modules from the compulsory elective area. They are given considerable freedom to select the course content that suits their individual strengths and interests. Students on this Bachelor’s degree programme also complete laboratory practicals independently to enhance their capacity for teamwork. The programme concludes with a Bachelor’s thesis. The aim of the Bachelor’s degree programme in Life Science is to give students a thorough theoretical background and to teach them the practical skills required to enter the world of work or to pursue a Master’s degree programme.


Semester 1 2 3 4 5 6
  • Zellbiologie & Genetik
  • Mikrobiologie
  • Allgemeine Chemie
  • Mathematik I
  • Physik für Life Science
  • Spezielle Mikrobiologie
  • Zellkommunikation
  • Spezielle Chemie für Life Science
  • EDV-Grundlagen
  • Mathematik II mit spezieller Mathematik für Life Science
  • Molekularbiologie
  • Genexpression
  • Organische Chemie I
  • Biochemie
  • Bioinformatik I
  • Organische Chemie II
  • Proteinchemie
  • Bioprozesstechnik
  • Technische Chemie I
  • Naturstoffchemie
  • Enzymtechnologie
  • Technische Chemie II
  • Gruppenseminar Bioprozesstechnik
  • Gruppenseminar Mikro- und Molekularbiologie
  • Naturstoffchemie II
  • Bachelorarbeit
Wahlmodule                                                                                        Wahlmodule / Schlüsselkompetenzen 27 LP

Recommended Abilities

Prospective students require a general higher education entrance certificate for admission to the Bachelor’s programme. A good knowledge of science, particularly mathematics, and of English is also desirable.

Career Opportunities

Those who graduate with this Bachelor’s degree should be in a position to assert themselves in the labour market and to develop on the job. Rather than training students to perform a particular type of work, the aim of the programme is to qualify for them for employment in the professional field of life science, making them generally eligible to pursue a profession. Typical fields include the chemical and biotech industry, the pharmaceuticals and plant protection industry, the food industry, agriculture, technical inspection agencies such as TÜV, authorities and associations.

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
Zentrale Studienberatung
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover