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Master's degree in human biology with a focus on tumor biology

The aim of the master’s degree 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 achieved 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 focus area, students gain further knowledge in the fields of infection biology, tumor biology or cell biology. Active participation in research groups should enable students to recognize and structure scientific problems and to search for suitable solutions.

The content of the master’s course is deepened and expanded on three major subjects:

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

Further information can be found on these pages of the Faculty of Medicine at the Philipps University of Marburg.
The contact person for tumor biology is PD Dr. Müller-Brusselsbach ( The research internships as part of the basic and advanced modules usually take place at the Institute for Molecular Biology and Tumor Research (IMT), the Pharmacological Institute and the Institute for Human Genetics.

Human Biology / Biomedical Science (B.Sc.)

At the Medical Faculty of the Philipps University of Marburg, Human Biology (Biomedical Science) is offered as an undergraduate course leading to a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree. The standard period of study is 3 years / 6 semesters. The focus of the course lies between the study of natural science subjects and the study of medicine and is intended to provide training for scientific and practical work in the field of basic biomedical research. Special features of the Marburg study program.

In contrast to many other biomedical courses, the Marburg bachelor course is not a course in one or more scientific disciplines, but rather a course of study in the medical department. The close proximity to medicine is particularly evident in the second half of the study, in which you can choose from the specialist and specialization modules with a medical reference / background offered by clinical departments.

The course is intended to provide students with a sound basic knowledge of activities in the field of biomedical research and development. At the beginning of the course, basic scientific knowledge is imparted, after which a wide variety of skills in biomedical and medicine-related subjects are developed. In addition to teaching the most important laboratory methods, Skills for recognizing, structuring and multidisciplinary solving of scientific problems as well as their written presentation and evaluation are taught. The students should learn a wide range of biomedical methods. After completing the basic modules, there is a thematic specialization in one of four main areas: infection biology, neurobiology, tumor biology or cell biology. This specialization is intended to enable students to develop an independent profile according to their individual inclinations during their bachelor's degree.

Further information can be found on these pages of the Faculty of Medicine at the Philipps University of Marburg.