Undergraduate study programme leading to a first degree and providing qualifications and skills for future employment.
Our study programme in Life Science combines contents of biology and chemistry. You will receive solid, high-quality scientific training in the area of modern biomolecular research. The foundations in both chemistry and biology equip you with the specific ways of thinking in each of these disciplines. This way you acquire the professional qualification for modern pharmaceutical research.
|Degree||Bachelor of Science|
|Programme start||Winter semester|
|Period of study||6 semesters|
|Application period||9.5. - 15.7.|
|Obligatory minor subject||no|
|Number of places||57|
Why study Life Science in the University of Konstanz?
- You can actively participate in research projects
- Helpful services such as open office hours and tutorials
- small groups lead to an Excellent staff-student ratio and individual superivision
- top-level research and practice-oriented teaching
- Your lecturers are multiple award-winning and internationally oriented scientists
- Campusuni with short ways and a familiar atmosphere
Prospects and opportunities
As a graduate you will be prepared for a career in basic research within or outside the university context. A large variety of career possibilities open up in industry and the world of science.
Typical work areas include:
- Research and developement
- Pharmaceutical and biotechnological industry
- Quality management and patentsystem
- Environmental protection
- Project management and consulting
To qualify further the University of Konstanz offers the Master’s Programme in Life Science.
You can find an exemplary structure of the study programme in this table.
- Module guide BSc Life Science (Examination Regulation 2023)
- Module guide BSc Life Science (Examination regulation 2019)
Please check the Exam regulations (partly in German) for more information about the programme structure.
Internship and study abroad
You do not have to complete an internship.
A study abroad stay during your master's studies is highly recommended. The university promotes study abroad via Erasmus+ and numerous other exchange programmes.
Impressions from students and lecturers
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What interests and skills should I have?
- Interest in the natural sciences
- Good knowledge of chemistry and biology
- Good English skills
- Solid basic knowledge of physics and mathematics
- Ability to work under pressure, endurance
- Practical, logical and analytical skills
- Patience and joy in experimenting
PocketGuide – Get to know our study programmes
Which study programme in the Department of Chemistry is the right for you? Find out everything about studying B.Sc. Chemie, B.Sc. Life Science or B.Sc. Nanoscience at the University of Konstanz in our PocketGuide. You can take your first lessons and quizzes on subject contents and test your expectations of your studies.
Foreign language skills
You do not have to proof any foreign language skills. However, as large parts of the research literature are written in English, good English skills are highly recommended.
German language skills
International applicants need documentation of their German language skills, level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4. Alternatively, other language tests or school certificates recognized as equivalent can be used as proof of the required German language skills. The University of Konstanz does not offer preparatory German language courses or approved German language exams. For this reason, you must submit accredited proof of your German language skills along with your application.
Language(s) of instruction
The language mainly used in class is German. Some individual courses are offered in English.
General higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) or equivalent.
Documentation Orientation Test
When applying for admission at universities in the state of Baden-Württemberg you have to take an orientation test. The Baden-Württemberg orientation test is the most widely used test. Please send in your certificate of participation together with your application papers.
All students enrolled at the University of Konstanz are charged a semester fee each semester, similar to all other German universities. Here you can find the current semester fee and its individual components.
Tuition fees for first degree studies for certain international students
Since winter semester 2017/18, the state of Baden-Württemberg has required some international students to pay tuition fees for their first degree studies. The following students are not required to pay tuition fees: citizens of a country within the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA), doctoral students and certain “Bildungsinländer” (e.g. non-EU citizens with a German “Abitur”). More detailed information can be found here.
Each year, the University of Konstanz grants exemptions to a limited number of particularly gifted international degree-seeking students in accordance with the university’s “Begabtenbefreiungssatzung” (statutes governing the exemption of gifted students). More detailed information can be found here.
Tuition fees for second degree studies for all students
All students are required to pay tuition fees for their second degree studies. More detailed information can be found here.
Application and application documents
This study programme has admission restrictions.
PocketManual "Application" (in German)
Enrolling at the University of Konstanz – Our PocketManual "Application" (in German) will guide you as you take all the steps towards submitting a successful application to your first-choice study programme at the University of Konstanz.
An application is possible during the following period: 9.5. - 15.7. (winter semester). There may be other deadlines if you are applying for admission to a higher semester (for instance, if you are changing subjects or universities). For more information please consult the university website.
During the online application process, you will need to enter various kinds of information (school grades, attendance periods, etc.) and upload various PDF documents.
Please make sure that you have the relevant documentation ready. This may include:
- your Abitur certificate (German general higher education entrance qualification)
- documentation of any volunteering you may have done (FSJ, FÖJ, etc.)
- any documentation about vocational training you may have completed
- any other required documents (medical certificate, etc.)
An electronic assistant will guide you through the application process. Required fields are marked by an asterisk (*).