Why is human biology a science

Human Biology (M.Sc.)

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The aim of the master’s program in human biology is to provide vocational and doctoral training in the field of biomedicine. Scientific competencies and skills that have been acquired within the framework of a biomedical or bioscientific bachelor's degree should be deepened and expanded. This is done through training that ranges from aspects of basic research to clinical research, which is conveyed in theoretical and practical, laboratory-oriented modules.

By choosing a major, further knowledge in the areas of infection biology, tumor biology or cell biology is acquired.

Active participation in research working groups should enable the students to recognize and structure scientific problems and to look for suitable solutions.


The content of the master’s course is deepened and expanded on three main areas of study:

  • the focus on infection biology
  • the focus on tumor biology
  • and the focus on cell biology.


The master’s degree in human biology qualifies you for the following areas of activity, among others:

  • Basic scientific research in biological and biomedical disciplines at university institutes, Max Planck institutes, major federal research institutions
  • Research and development in facilities of the pharmaceutical industry or biotech companies
  • Clinical research in the laboratories of the university clinics
  • Other activities in clinical facilities, such as clinical chemistry, human genetics, cell culture laboratories or in areas of bioinformatics
  • Activities for supervisory authorities (e.g. application of the Genetic Engineering Act, environmental protection)
  • Forensic tasks
  • Activity for funding institutions (such as DFG or BMBF).

Scientifically oriented jobs usually require a master’s degree.

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