Study at the LIMES Institute

Bachelor, Master and PhD

The Life & Medical Sciences Institute is committed to the development of young researchers. We currently offer internationally recognized undergraduate (Bachelor’s) and graduate (Master’s, PhD) study programs.

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Molecular Biomedicine

This highly competitive bachelors course "Molekulare Biomedizin" is the most successful of its kind in Germany. It was developed in 2003 in collaboration with the Medical Faculty at the University of Bonn and attracts 700-800 applications per year, with only 30 students admitted into the course (only offered in German). Since its conception, participants have featured as co-authors of over 200 peer-reviewed publications.

Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Biochemistry or Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Immunobiology

The master degree courses in Biochemistry and Immunobiology: from molecules to integrative systemsare international research-oriented study programsoffered at the LIMES Institute in Bonn. In topic-related lectures, method courses and tutorials, students get a substantial training in biochemistry or immunobiology combined with bioinformatics and gain multidisciplinary exposure to basic research environments. Additionally, they have the freedom to explore individual research projects in labs of their choice and to participate in workshops with representatives from life science industry. Graduates leave with enhanced technical and analytical skills, the ability to independently drive a research project, and a strong foundation for embarking on a successful PhD.

PhD (Dr. rer. nat)

PhD candidates have the opportunity to gain their biomedical research training in a multidisciplinary, highly collaborative, resource-rich environment. Students are awarded their doctoral degree from the Faculty of Mathematics & Natural Sciences at the University of Bonn. Candidates graduate with a “Dr. rer. nat.” (Doctorate in Natural Sciences) degree - the German equivalent of a PhD.

The current PhD track is typically 3-4 years. Candidates must hold a Master’s degree (or equivalent), and ideally bring their own funding. Students drive an independent research project guided by their PhD supervisor and examination is based on a thesis and final dissertation. Applications and selections are managed at the institute level and applications should be made directly to the lab heads of the relevant research unit. There are no application calls or deadlines.

The mentoring program of the jGBM

The mentoring program is offered by students for prospective students in the field of life sciences (biochemistry, biology, molecular medicine, etc.) from winter semester 22/23. It is organized by young members of the Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - jGBM for short. All participating students will be assigned a mentor in the vicinity of their place of residence or directly at the desired study location, who will accompany them in finding a course of study or in starting their studies.
At you can find out in which cities there is a jGBM group. If there is no group at your potential place of study, you will be referred to students in the nearest city.

The application takes place by filling out and sending the corresponding form on our homepage When making the selection, the main focus is on your motivation and commitment - grades play a subordinate role. You can apply until July 31, 2022.