Bachelor’s degree programme

Biology (Human and Molecular Biology)

Number of places: approx. 55
Start of programme: Winter semester
Duration: 6 semesters (180 ECTS credits)
Entry restrictions: Grade thresholds are recalculated each year (grade thresholds in previous years)
Qualification: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
Programme introduced: Winter semester 2008/2009
Last revised: Winter semester 2011/2012 

The focus of the B.Sc. programme in human and molecular biology provides students with a broad scientific education that prepares them for professional careers or further academic work in the fields of biomedicine, biopharmaceutical science, molecular biology and biotechnology. The courses and modules are split equally between the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology.

Curricular content and programme structure

The first part of the six-semester degree programme aims to acquaint students with fundamental scientific and biological principles by combining lectures with a significant amount of hands-on laboratory experience right from the start of the programme. In the second stage of the programme, students deepen their understanding of the subject and learn how the individual biological sub-disciplines relate to and complement one another.

 

Phase one (subject semesters 1–4)
During the first semesters of the programme, students take introductory courses in biochemistry, biophysics and structural biology, biostatistics, botany, chemistry, developmental biology, genetics, histology and anatomy, human physiology, mathematics, microbiology, plant physiology, physics, cell biology and zoology. Almost all of the modules comprise morning lectures, held throughout the semester, and practical work that is undertaken in alternating block lab sessions in the afternoon. We also offer a range of interesting electives which students can select from to meet their own individual needs and interests.

Example weekly timetable:

 

 

Phase two (subject semesters 4–6)
In the second phase of the programme, students take four advanced lab courses whose interdisciplinary character enables them to acquire an understanding of modern biology as a whole. Students then spend several months working in a research group of their choice during which time they gain valuable insights into the day-to-day research activities in a molecular biology lab. To complete the Bachelor's degree programme, students undertake and present an experimental Bachelor's thesis project.

 

How to apply

Who can apply for the Bachelor's degree programme?
Students seeking admission to the Bachelor's degree programme must have a recognized higher education entrance qualification. No other criteria (e.g. specialist subjects in school, apprenticeships or vocational education and training qualifications, etc.) will be taken into account. 
The grade threshold ('numerus clausus') for admission to the programme cannot be predicted exactly as it is recalculated each year on the basis of the number and quality of the applications received. In the last few years, the grade threshold has typically been in the range 1.8 to 2.0 (German grading scale).

When can I apply?
There are approximately 55 places available each year on the Bachelor's degree programme. Students can only join the programme in the winter semester. Applications can be submitted online until 15 July each year. 


Contact:
Dr. Björn Diehl
Programme Coordinator – Biosciences
+49 681 302 3926
bjoern.diehl(at)uni-saarland.de