Thank you for your interest

After collecting information about the study program, you might wonder how you may apply.

On this website we will provide you with information about the application procedure and admission requirements. Please read all this information carefully to execute a successful application!

The master course “Molecular and Developmental Stem Cell Biology” starts in winter term only!

Application period lasts from early June until 15th of July!

Admission requirements

As a precondition to enter the master program you have to fulfill three admissions requirements (for details please check the examination regulations):

1. Six semester bachelor degree in an appropriate subject including a bachelor thesis or a written report about a three months lab project.

The list shows the study programs and degrees that are liable for our master program, as stated in the examination regulations.

Biology Biochemistry
Biotechnology Molecular Biology
Biomedicine Molecular Medicine
Human Medicine Veterinary Medicine
Dentistry and other specialized programs

However, applicants from other backgrounds are also very welcome. Those with grades from areas not listed will be evaluated by a qualified committee of teaching staff. At this point you might be requested to hand in additional documents to demonstrate that you are suitable for the master program.

2. Proof of outstanding knowledge of cell biology and molecular genetics

You have to have a very good basic knowledge in the field of cell biology and molecular genetics to be eligible to enter the master program. To be qualified it is necessary to show the knowledge of cell biology worth a minimum of 5 credit points in lectures and 12 credit points in practical exercises, as well as molecular genetic knowledge worth a minimum of 5 credit points in lectures and 12 credit points in practical exercises (§5 of examination regulations).

3. English language proficiency

As another admission requirement we request that you send proof of your command of the English language, either by providing a TOEFL or IELTS certificate. You will be asked to upload a document with the official proof of your English level during the online application procedure.We accept:

- TOEFL 550 (written), 215 (computer based), 79 (internet based)
- IELTS 6.0

We also might accept students without TOEFL or IELTS certificate. In this case you must provide proof of your language proficiency by other means (e.g. having completed an english-taught bachelor program). These documents will also be evaluated by the committee.

Application Procedure And Placement

The masters course “Molecular and Developmental Stem Cell Biology” is designed for up to 20 students each year, that will be selected according to their Grade Point Average (GPA)/ Numerus clausus (NC).

The master program is part of the automatic online application system of the Ruhr-University Bochum ( link in the right column). The master course starts in winter term only and the application period starts every year in early June. The application deadline is 15th of July and after this date no additional applications can be accepted due to system restrictions. However, completing the application procedure takes just a few minutes.

Please be aware that international students are required to hand in all of the required documents until the 15th of July. German students or students from the EU have time to hand in their documents until the 1st of September.
From the winter term 2018/19 applicants can also be admitted based on „Transcript of records“ (ToR). In case you get an offer of a place in the master program you have to present the bachelor testimonial for the final enrollment only. It is not necessary to do it before.

If you have cleared these steps you will take part in the final selection process!

If you are selected, you can directly print your approval notification from inside the system and use it to apply for visa. The document also provides you with additional information on what to do next.

We are looking forward to your application!

If you read all this information carefully and you still have any questions left, please check our Helpdesk section. If you have further particular questions you are welcome to ask us directly by e-mail.

Online application system

The online application procedure will begin about 5 months before the term of interest will start.
The application period for the winter term 2019/20 will presumably start in early June 2019. click here

The Study Entrance

Find more about the Study course "Molecular and Developmental Stem Cell Biology" and get some help when starting the study course zum Studienportal / the study entrance


You can inform yourself about the status of your application. Infoportal-Zulassung / Admission