Life Science – Bachelor of Science

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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.

Overview

DegreeBachelor of Science
Programme startWinter semester
Period of study6 semesters
Application period14.5. - 15.7.
Admission restrictionsyes
ECTS180
Obligatory minor subjectno
Number of places:57

Why study Life Science at Konstanz?

  • You can actively participate in research projects
  • Helpful services such as open office hours and tutorials
  • Excellent staff-student ratio
  • International research level in the areas of Life Science, i. e. the molecular-oriented areas of biology and the bioorganic or biomolecular-analytical oriented areas of chemistry.
  • Your lecturers are multiple award-winning and internationally oriented scientists

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Content

Prospects and opportunities

Career prospects

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:

  • Pharmaceutical, biotechnological or industrial research and production
  • Basic research and applied research
  • Quality control and patent offices
  • Project management and marketing
  • Environmental agencies or consulting companies
  • Environmental protection


You can find out more about career entry in the interview series #dreamjob - Starting a career. Alumni of the University of Konstanz report on their very personal career entry.

Graduate studies

To qualify further the University of Konstanz offers the Master’s Programme in Life Science.

Programme structure

Programme start

Winter semester

Academic structure

You can find an exemplary structure of the study programme in this table.


Additional information about the programme structure is available at the Exam regulations (in German).

Internship and study abroad

Internships

You do not have to complete an internship.

Study abroad

A study abroad stay during your master's studies is highly recommended. The university promotes study abroad via Erasmus+ and numerous other exchange programmes.

Requirements

What interests and skills should I have?

  • Interest in the natural sciences
  • Good English skills
  • Ability to work under pressure, endurance
  • Practical, logical and analytical skills
  • Good knowledge of chemistry and biology
  • Solid basic knowledge of physics and mathematics

Language skills

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.

Admission requirements

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.

Fees

Semester fee

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 some international students
Beginning in the winter semester 2017/18, the state of Baden-Württemberg will require some international students to pay university tuition fees for their first degree studies. The following will generally not be 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' (international students with German Abitur). You can find more detailed information here.

Tuition fees for second degree studies for all students
All students will be required to pay tuition fees for their second degree studies starting in the winter semester 2017/18, too. You can find more detailed information here.
Once a year, the University of Konstanz grants exemptions to a limited number of particularly gifted international degree-seeking students in accordance with the Begabtenbefreiuungssatzung (statutes governing the exemption of gifted students). You can find more detailed information here.

Application and application documents

This study programme has admission restrictions.

An application is possible during the following period: 14.5. - 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.

Application documents

You will find an overview of the required application documents in your application for admission, which you will receive at the end of your online application.

Application

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