Medical Life Sciences: A Master’s programme in medical 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.




Medical Life Sciences offers

  • 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
  • in-depth information on paleogenetics of disease
  • opportunities to write your Master's thesis abroad in labs of research partners depending on research project chosen (e.g. South Africa, Denmark, Hawaii)
  • the opportunity to apply for annual partial scholarships (Deutschlandstipendium for MedLife students, sponsored by Abbvie Deutschland GbmH & CoKG and BMBF)

  • lab internships in the pharmaceutical industry provided by Abbvie Logo
  • integration into the Cluster of Excellence Inflammation at Interfaces.


lab tech at work



  • 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.
  • For each semester, a university administration fee applies, which includes a semester pass for public transport in Kiel.
  • For the summer semester 2019, the admin fee is 134 EUR.