Master of Science
Immunobiology: From Molecules to Integrative Systems

Immunobiology: From Molecules to Integrative Systems

Immune system research is the key to understanding the molecular causes of many diseases. This is not only true for bacterial and viral infections, but also for diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s and cardiovascular and metabolic disorders. Immunobiology is a systems science. The functions of our most important defense mechanisms against pathogens at the molecular or atomic level can only be understood through intact organs in a living organism.

In the master's degree program Immunobiology: From Molecules to Integrative Systems, students gain insight into model organisms and in-vitro approaches to exploring the immune system and its important cells. By visualizing molecules in living cells and isolating relevant protein complexes, intra-cellular signaling pathways become visible. Applying systems approaches in the fields of functional genomics, epigenetics and sophisticated bioinformatics, students investigate the complex regulation and communication in the immune system. The objective is for students to understand the elaborate work mechanisms of the immune system as a whole and what went wrong in the case of disease.


Possible lines of work:

Biomedical basic research (Max Planck Institutes, large research facilities, etc.), development/production/marketing (industrial sector), molecular diagnostics (for medical, biotechnological, environmental, forensic questions; in clinical disciplines (e.g. pediatrics, human genetics, internal medicine, etc.), academia (teaching/research at universities, research institutions, etc.)

Local NC (Special selection)
Master of Science
4 Semester
Winter semester

Examination Regulations (German versions are legally binding)

University degree (German or non-German) in a relevant discipline

English language proficiency (CEFR level B2)

Specific modules: Experimental bachelor's thesis or a bachelor's thesis from the field of bioinformatics

Applicants from outside Germany or another EU country must pass the aptitude test for university studies.

At the University of Bonn, multilingualism and cultural diversity are considered to be valuable resources that complement subject-specific qualifications. This is why, in addition to curricular language modules, students have access to a diverse range of language-learning offers, including the independent-study offers at the Center for Language Learning (Sprachlernzentrum, SLZ) in which they can autonomously learn a foreign language or enhance existing language skills. Furthermore, students can apply for the “Certificate of Intercultural Competence” free of charge, which promotes extra-curricular and interdisciplinary activities of international or intercultural nature.

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