Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
The bachelor's program in Biochemistry links chemistry and biology as well as traversing the interface between chemistry, biology, and medicine.Department of Chemistry
Information on Degree Program
What does this program cover?
As the “chemistry of life”, biochemistry provides the link between biology and chemistry. Further, bioinformatics plays an ever greater role in modern biochemistry. Biochemists analyze the organization of cells and organisms at a molecular level. They analyze biochemical reaction mechanisms such as the intracellular transport of substances, cellular differentiation, signaling cascades, or cellular stress responses, as well as the molecular causes of illnesses. In addition, biochemists make use of the methods of chemistry, molecular biology, and physics.
How is the program structured?
The first five semesters focus on conveying fundamental knowledge of the natural sciences as well as discipline-specific content in biochemistry and related areas.
Students complete an accompanying internship in which they can apply the knowledge they acquire. The program concludes with the bachelor’s thesis in the sixth semester.
What is the language of instruction?
Required language skills for admission:
You need sufficient German language skills if you wish to apply for this program. Evidence of your language proficiency has to be submitted before the end of the application deadline. Learn more about recognized certificates and other ways to prove your German language skills.
This evidence of your language proficiency confirms that you comply with the minimum language requirements for admission to the program. Depending on the program and your individual background, it may be necessary for you to keep working on your language skills during your studies. Be sure to take a look at the services of our Language Center.
Language of instruction:
The language of instruction for this program is German. Some courses may, however, be taught in English.
Which further expertise and skills will I acquire?
As a graduate, you possess a solid fundamental knowledge of the central areas of biochemistry and of further relevant fields in organic and physical chemistry. In addition, you will have been able to advance and expand upon your knowledge of physics, mathematics, and informatics.
The interdisciplinary character of the program means that, in addition, you gain an insight into related fields in medicine and the life sciences. A research internship also provides you with an initial substantive insight into the anticipated practice of research and professional life. The program's discipline-specific content is accompanied by further modules that cultivate soft skills and develop your knowledge of scientific methods.
Which professional opportunities can I take up with this qualification?
For graduates of the bachelor's program in biochemistry, professional opportunities arise in pharmaceutical firms and biotechnology companies. Furthermore, fields in which biochemists are active extend to many areas that overlap with the natural sciences, from nutrition to administrative and organizational roles, as well as those in health care and media.
Binding Regulations for Progression of Studies, Examinations and Application
Application and Admission
How does the application process work?
Admission requirements and the application procedure vary depending on the type of higher education entrance qualification you hold.
You must apply through the application portal at TUMonline. After completing the online application process, you will receive a list of documents you must submit to TUM in hard copy by the application deadline.
Applicants with an international higher education entrance qualification must have their documents reviewed in advance through uni-assist
Which application documents do I need to submit?
- Online Application Print-out (signed)
- Final Secondary-School Examinations (certified copy)
- Letter of Motivation
- Complete and Current Résumé (CV)
- Passport (copy)
- Most Current Photo (as for ID)
- Student Health Insurance Certificate
- Confirmations of Apprenticeships, Internships or Other Qualifications where Appropriate
- Proof of German Language Proficiency (certified copy) - international applicants only
- Preliminary Documentation by uni-assist (copy) - international applicants only
We may require additional documents depending on the type of secondary school diploma you earned and your country of origin (e.g. GRE, GATE, APS). After completing the online application process, you will receive a list of documents you must submit to TUM in hard copy by the application deadline.
What application periods and deadlines do I need to meet?
Application period for winter semester: 15.05. - 15.07.
An application for the summer semester is only possible for higher upper-division semesters. Application deadline: 15.01.
Our online application portal TUMonline will create an application form and a checklist with the documents you have to hand in. The checklist shows which documents you need for admission and which for enrollment.
You must submit the signed application form and all documents you need for admission before the application deadline.
Please also submit the documents we need for your enrollment as soon as possible. If individual documents for enrollment are not available to you yet, you can hand them in up to five weeks after the start of the lecture period. However, we recommend that you submit all required documents well before the semester begins, as you will not be enrolled until all documents have been received.
Please check your TUMonline account regularly, to see if we have any queries to your documents or if you have to amend one or more documents.
On what basis does TUM select applicants for admission?
Selection takes place through an aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment is a two-part procedure evaluating your ability to successfully manage the particular qualitative requirements of the bachelor’s program.
In the first stage, your overall secondary school grades, your grades in subject-specific courses, and any relevant practical experience or additional qualifications will be evaluated using a point system. Depending on the amount of points accumulated, applicants are either immediately admitted, rejected or invited to an admissions interview.
Students who earned their higher education entrance qualification in a non-German language school in another country and whose native language is not German must take part in an admissions interview to assess their subject-specific language skills.
Where can I find the online application portal?
Do I have to complete an internship?
This degree program does not encompass a compulsory internship nor is an internship a requirement for admission. However, it is recommendable, as a rule, to gain relevant practical experience as soon as possible.
What are my options after earning this degree?
After successful completion of a bachelor’s degree program, you are able to enter a profession. The team at Alumni & Career can assist you with questions regarding professional orientation, job search and job application.
After earning their bachelor’s degree, many students go on to pursue a master’s degree. These programs allow you to deepen your disciplinary knowledge or to expand it with a new field of study. The Student Academic Advising Office can assist you in selecting an appropriate master’s program.
In order to enhance and develop your research skills, the recommended option is the consecutive master's degree program in Biochemistry.