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Life Sciences Nutrition

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

The bachelor's program in Nutritional Science deals with how biomedicine, food science, and public health interface with the influence of nutritional substances on the human metabolism.

TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan

Key Data

Type of Study
  • Full Time
Required Language Proficiency Language of Instruction
  • German
Main Locations
Admission Category Start of Degree Program
  • Winter Semester (October)
Standard Duration of Studies
(Number of Semesters)
  • 6 semesters fulltime
Credits Costs

Information on Degree Program

What does this program cover?

The bachelor's program in Nutritional Science deals with how biomedicine, food science, and public health interface with the influence of nutritional substances on the human metabolism. The central focus is inter alia on researching diseases such as diabetes or cancer.

To this end, the program provides students with interdisciplinary knowledge of nutritional research, human medicine, food science, bioscience, and public health. The combination of disciplines, and of theory and practice, is unique in Germany. As a result, the program is able to give due consideration to the scientific and health policy challenges of our time.

How is the program structured?

  • The first two semesters cover basic knowledge of biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics. This is complemented by discipline-specific modules in the area of human nutrition.
  • From the third semester onwards, core content concerns the biosciences, medicine, food science, and public health and nutrition. This is complemented by elective modules.
  • The degree concludes with the bachelor’s thesis

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.

Which further expertise and skills will I acquire?

As a graduate, you possess interdisciplinary competencies in nutritional science, human medicine, food sciences, the biosciences, and health care. This is based on sound foundational knowledge of the natural sciences. You are able to apply methods from various disciplines in a solution-oriented manner and will have been able to accrue your first laboratory experience. Furthermore, you can independently take into account complex sets of circumstances, work towards a given goal, and compellingly present your results.

Which professional opportunities can I take up with this qualification?

Should you decide to embark upon a professional occupation after successfully completing your degree, opportunities arise in research, nutritional medicine, and industrial production. Further possible fields of employment relate to product development, public health information, and food security, as well as consultancy work public and private health care providers.  

Binding Regulations for Progression of Studies, Examinations and Application

Application and Admission

How do I apply?

How does the application process work? 

Admission requirements and the application procedure vary depending on the type of higher education entrance qualification you hold.

During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents.

If you receive an offer of admission, you will additionally have to submit individual documents as notarized hardcopies by post to be enrolled.

Generally, applicants with an international higher education entrance qualification must have their documents reviewed in advance through uni-assist.

In detail:

Which documents do I need to submit during the online application?

We may require additional documents depending on your educational background and your country of origin. Complete the online application to receive a comprehensive list of the required documents. 

Which documents do I need to submit for enrollment?

We may require additional documents depending on the type of educational background you earned and your country of origin. After accepting an offer of admission in TUMonline, you will receive a list of documents you must submit to TUM in hardcopy for enrollment.

What application deadlines do I need to meet?

Application period for the winter semester: 15.05. – 15.07.

An application for the summer semester is only possible for higher subject semesters. Application deadline: 15.01.

During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents. Please be aware that we can only process your application if you upload all required documents within the application period.

The signed application and all documents for enrollment as well as payment of the semester fee must be received within 14 days after admission.


On what basis does TUM select applicants for admission?

This degree program is subject to a local NC. There is a limited number of spaces available in the program. 

Selection for the program is coordinated by the Dialog Oriented Service Procedure (DoSV) of the University Admissions Foundation and is based primarily on your final grade point average and the amount of time you have been waiting.

In detail: Admission procedure for degree programs with local NC, restricted admission 

Information about the Application Procedure

Numerus Clausus:

Admission decisions are based on the grade point average of the school-leaving certificate (25% + 65 %) and on the waiting time (10 %).                 

Information on the aptitude test 

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 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.