Medical Life Sciences: A Master’s programme in biomedical research


Welcome to Medical Life Sciences! We train students for careers in biomedical research. Check the webpage to find out what the programme is about and why studying Medical Life Sciences is worth your while.

We have been experiencing an unpredictable time with the pandemic of Covid-19 disrupting our everyday lives for most of the year. Nevertheless we keep on teaching students. The summer semester 2020 went as scheduled, although in an unusual format, relying on video conferencing tools, audio-commented lecture slides, web presentations by students;  everbidy showed flexibility handling timing, technical teething problems and unusual teaching formats. We will all be glad to return to in-class teaching and studying, but everybody has shown with their initiative: studying can go on, even if you are not in class. Our students have been networking tremendously with everybody and shown a lot of energy and resilience. A big thank you to everybody for their input! We will be teaching online for the most part during the winter semester, but with everybody follwing Covid-19 prevention precautions, hopefully the summer semester next year will run again in an in-class format. Let's use the time and try out new teaching tools!

Stay safe and healthy!



Medical Life Sciences offerslab

  • a molecular focus on major disease indications
  • teaching by clinicians and scientists of international reputation  (Nature, Science, PNAS, NEJM publications)
  • project work in high-end research labs
  • studying in an international programme exclusively taught in English
  • in-depth information on paleogenetics of disease
  • opportunities to write your Master's thesis abroad in labs of research partners
  • integration into the Cluster of Excellence Presicision Medicine in Chronic Inflammation.


Medical Life Sciences is a full-time programme, the regulation study time is four semesters:

  • Each semester, 30 credit points  have to be acquired, i.e. 750-900 work hours need to go into your studies.

  • The fourth semester is dedicated to the Master’s thesis. The degree awarded is a Master of Science (MSc). 

  • Medical Life Sciences charges no study fees.

  • For enrolling at Kiel University, there is a one-time registration fee of 55 EUR.

  • The current university administration fee including the semester pass is 259 EUR/semester. The semester pass entitles you to free use of buses and trains in Kiel, Hamburg and the whole federal state of Schleswig-Holstein.

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