StudiesDegree ProgrammesBiology and Microbiology
Molecular Microbiology (M. Sc.)



The programme is designed for a maximum number of 25 students per semester. There is a restriction on admission to the Master's programme in Molecular Microbiology.


  • Proof of a Bachelor's degree in a related field of study, such as biology, life science or biochemistry with basic contents in microbiology, molecular biology, chemistry and biochemistry. (The required scope of these contents is based on that of the three study programmes to be admitted, i.e. usually at least 6 CP).
  • Applicants from abroad require a corresponding foreign educational qualification recognised as equivalent.
  • Today, English is the scientific language in literature and international communication. Good knowledge of English is therefore a prerequisite.
  • The complete access regulations of the M.Sc. Molecular Microbiology can be found here.


The Master's programme can begin in the winter semester. Applications for the start of a Master's programme in Molecular Microbiology are accepted from 1 June to 15 July each year.

For enrolment at Leibniz Universität, applicants from abroad must prove that they have sufficient knowledge of the German language in accordance with the "Regulations of the University of Hannover (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang - DSH)" DSH Level II or TestDaF 4.

The admissions committee of the M.Sc. Molecular Microbiology programme selects applicants and decides whether a degree is recognised as closely related to the B.Sc. degree in Biology, whether conditions may still have to be fulfilled before final admission, or other matters. The committee informs the matriculation office of its decisions.

The matriculation office then notifies the applicants of the official decisions (admission to studies, admission on condition that conditions are fulfilled or rejections).

Detailed information and documents on the application, the award procedure, admission requirements and deadlines as well as the online application can be found on the Leibniz Universität Hannover website: 

Application for studies at the LUH

The application procedure for Master's students from Germany and the EU




Additional information and information on enrolment can be found on the pages of the Immatrikulationsamt of the Leibniz University Hannover.  


  • Final thesis

    The aim of the master thesis is to show that the student is able to work on a problem from a field of molecular microbiology according to scientific methods within a given period of time. The master thesis consists of a practical part, which is documented in a written scientific thesis and discussed in a colloquium. The processing period is 9 months until the submission of the master thesis in written and electronic form to the examiners and the Academic Examination Office.

    The Master's thesis can be started after reaching at least 60 credit points (provided that all compulsory modules have been completed). As a rule, the 4th semester is planned for this.

  • Occupational fields

    The professional fields of the graduates are in particular:

    • Molecular Biology Research & Development in the Biotech Industry
    • Microbiological or molecular biological analytics in authorities, offices and companies; quality control, environmental analytics
    • Molecular biological basic research in universities/universities and other research institutions
    • Research and development in all areas of medicine and life science companies with a medical/pharmaceutical focus, e.g. in active ingredient research

    Further employment opportunities may arise in the following areas:

    • Patents ("Intellectual property")
    • Entrepreneurial independence Official or industrial activity in the field of drug approval and regulatory affairs
    • Public relations and social commitment e.g. for associations, authorities, scientific organizations.




Molecular Microbiology (M. Sc.)

The Master's programme "Molecular Microbiology" includes fields of microbiology, biochemistry, biotechnology, genetic engineering, environmental and drug research. The programme is both research-oriented (basic research in the fields of microbial genetics and biochemistry, microbial cell biology, virology, infection biology, environmental microbiology) and application-oriented (in the fields of biotechnology, microbiological chemistry, active substances). Thus, the M.Sc. Molecular Microbiology programme is oriented towards today's requirements in the fields of molecular basic research, industrial research & development and microbiological analytics.

Compulsory part

In your first semester you will go through a levelling with the four compulsory modules "Molecular Microbiology", "Modern Molecular Methods of Cell Biology", "Microbial Chemistry" and "Environmental Microbiology", which will raise your knowledge and practical skills to a common level. We recommend that you successfully complete these four compulsory modules including all module offers such as lectures, seminars, (experimental) exercises and examinations, as several modules of the elective area require these.

Elective part

From the second semester onwards, you can focus on your area of interest. With research-oriented teaching, you will be able to penetrate the complex aspects of molecular microbiology, experience the professional networking of promising fields of research and participate in current research projects.

Key skills

The Key Competences area combines the two modules Key Qualifications for Master Students in Biosciences (SK-MA1) and Additional Professional Qualifications (SK-MA2). You can put together your preferred modules from a large number of offers, the Special Language Centre, the Centre for Key Competences, the Graduate School of Natural Sciences (GRANAT) and Leibniz Universität IT Service (LUIS), etc. In total, you earn 12 credit points, 50% of which must be earned from the submodules SK-MA1 and 2.

  • Qualification goals

    In the first semester, the programme provides a solid foundation with four compulsory modules in the fields of molecular biology and cell biology of microorganisms (2 modules), environmental microbiology, and microbiological chemistry. By imparting further special knowledge in elective modules in the first three semesters, especially in the second semester, the students possess knowledge of the most modern techniques of molecular microbiology on the one hand and further special aspects of the different orientations of molecular microbiology on the other hand. Elective modules not based on compulsory modules are already offered in the first semester. Specialization modules of the different orientations usually take place in the second and third semesters. Additional modules that impart additional professional qualifications or so-called "soft skills" are preferred in the third and fourth semesters. The focus of the third semester is on a research internship in which students gain an insight into project-related research and carry out their first own research work. 

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