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Please follow for short introduction video about the program.

The application period for the winter semester 2018/19 begins in March and ends on April 30, 2018.

April 30, 2018 is the deadline for submission of both your online application and your application documents (postmark is decisive for eligibility). Please note that there will be no online support on Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29. You are therefore encouraged to apply in time, to avoid last minute problems with your application.

We strive to get back to you by the beginning of June. You will then hear whether you got admitted, rejected, or you might be invited to take an entrance exam.

Application Process

The Master in Biology program starts every winter term in mid October.  You are eligible to apply for the Master in Biology program if you have successfully completed a bachelor's degree in Biology or a related subject. Your bachelor's degree must include a minimum 12 ECTS final project with a written thesis. If your bachelor's program does not require a thesis, you are still eligible to apply if you have completed an equivalent course or internship; please describe the equivalent on the online form and in your cover letter.

The last entrance period was in October 2016.


Please follow the link and register on the EFV system (the application period closed. The link will be available again in March 2018). You will receive an email with a confirmation link. By activating this link, you will be directed to the Master of Science in Biology online-registration form. Please fill out the form and upload the required documents in pdf format. Even though you are required to upload the documents, you must also send all application documents by postal service (this is required by our admissions regulations).

Applications for the Master in Biology program must include the following documents:

  • a cover letter explaining  which program (one year or two year) you are applying for (only for postal application),
  • a Curriculum Vitae, indicating your name, nationality, academic background, relevant work experience, etc.
  • a copy of your degree certificate and proof of completion of a written thesis. If the degree certificate is not yet available, a transcript of records indicating at least 144 ECTS points (for 2 year program) or 204 ECTS points (for 1 year program) in biology-related subjects is acceptable. The documents must indicate a grade point average, and whether a written thesis is required for completion of the degree. We ask that you send translations of these documents if they are in languages other than German or English.
  • an essay of up to 500 words (for the 2 year program) or 650 words (for the 1 year program). The essay should reflect your interest in and qualifications for the program. Please note that the essay should elaborate on why you would like to study at the Faculty of Biology and at the LMU, and any interests in particular research areas.

Cover letter, CV and essay may be written in German or in English. 

GRE scores may be included. 

There is no additional proof of German or English language proficiency required. However, excellent proficiency in English is necessary for the program, and basic knowledge of German is helpful for living and cultural exchange.

Download instructions for application procedure (pdf, 26 KB).