Nutrition and Biomedicine (Master of Science)
Are you fascinated by the field of nutritional medicine? Do you want to find solutions for the current challenges in modern nutrition? The international Master's program in Nutrition and Biomedicine combines human biology, nutritional science and medicine. To research the effect of food on physiology and the development of nutrition-related diseases, you combine interdisciplinary expertise from molecular biology, genetics, nutritional physiology and nutritional medicine with chemical and bioanalytical techniques. What role does nutrition play in medical conditions such as obesity or diabetes? How do foods and their ingredients influence metabolism and the immune system? Find answers to current questions in nutrition science in various model systems and human studies – with the Master's program in Nutrition and Biomedicine at the TUM!
Studying Nutrition and Biomedicine successfully: What can you expect?
Type of study: full time
Standard period of study, credits : 4 semesters, 120 ECTS
Start of degree program: winter semester
Admission category: Aptitude assessment for Master’s
Language of instruction: English
Main location: Freising-Weihenstephan (Greater Munich area)
Tuition fees: none (information about the semester fee)
Why study this particular degree program?
How does nutrition promote our health and how can it contribute to the prevention of diseases? The international Master's program in Nutrition and Biomedicine deals with these and other questions along the food value chain. Topics such as product safety, quality, diversity and value are on everyone's lips. In order to be able to answer relevant questions in these areas, interdisciplinary expertise is required, especially in molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry and microbiology. You will also acquire particularly profound knowledge in the fields of nutritional physiology, nutritional medicine, immunology and clinical nutrition. How do the composition, consumption quantity, production and preparation of food affect metabolism, physiology or the development of nutrition-related diseases? Be a part of this research, improve the living conditions of sick people and face the challenges of the future. This English-language Master's degree combines human biology with nutritional science and medicine and opens doors for you into the national and international professional world.
What are your career opportunities?
With your degree in Nutrition and Biomedicine, you will be perfectly prepared for jobs in the food industry, healthcare, the pharmaceutical industry, universities and research institutes. Even if your studies have made you a star in research, you can also work in areas such as sales, consulting, quality assurance, public relations, marketing and various management roles. Whether it’s product development in the pharmaceutical industry, research at a clinic or quality assurance in the food industry – with the Master’s in Nutrition and Biomedicine you will find the job that you enjoy. After your Master's degree, you will of course also be ideally suited for a doctorate.
What is this study program about?
During the first two semesters, you will deepen and broaden your knowledge with various required modules. Especially in the intensive module Basics Nutrition and Food, which introduces your studies in a block course, you will expand your already acquired knowledge of physiology and metabolic pathways. The Computational Biology module introduces bioinformatics methods. In addition, you will learn various methodological skills and experience exciting days in the laboratory. You will analyze the chemical and microbial composition of food and learn to understand their effect on the intestines and metabolism in both healthy and sick bodies. We will show you the most modern chemical and bioanalytical techniques used in model systems and human studies. A further focus of the course is the development, prevention and treatment of diet-related diseases, such as type 2 diabetes or obesity.
You will have the opportunity to pursue your own interests in the third semester within the framework of 20 credits with various optional modules and thus build up your specific competence profile. Nutritional and/or biomedical connections must be recognizable.
In the third semester you will also complete your Research Internship, in which you will apply the theoretical knowledge and experimental methodological skills you acquired in the first and second semesters. You can complete this 8-week research internship at a TUM chair of your choice, in international research institutions or in industry.
Often, students also use the research internship as an introduction to their Master’s thesis, which you will complete in the fourth semester.
Interest aroused? Just take a look at an exemplary curriculum!
What competences and skills will you acquire?
After graduating in Nutrition and Biomedicine, you will have an in-depth nutritional education with a natural science background, complemented by knowledge of biology, medicine and other specialist disciplines. You will have gained practical experience in planning, implementation, documentation and evaluation in your laboratory work, and know how to apply a wide range of methods from biochemistry to molecular genetics, chemical analysis, physiology, immunology, microbiology and bioinformatics. You will be able to analyze and interpret the results and to classify and evaluate them in a professional context. You will have gained a wide range of experience in preclinical and clinical research as well as in epidemiology and have a detailed and critical understanding of central topics of modern nutrition research.
Through the numerous laboratory internships, the research internship and the Master’s thesis, you will be able to work independently and in an experienced scientific manner, and plan and manage your own projects. You will be able to communicate and discuss your findings with your colleagues, having acquired skills in the areas of conversation, teamwork and conflict resolution. For a career in an international environment, your excellent foreign language skills acquired in the international degree program will help you.
How do you apply for a place of study?
To apply, you must have a qualified Bachelor of Science degree of at least six semesters or an at least equivalent degree in the field of life sciences nutrition science, life sciences biology, molecular biotechnology, pharmaceutical bioprocess engineering or a comparable course of study at a German or foreign university.
During the application period you can easily apply for a place in the winter semester via the application portal TUMonline. You can upload your admission documents for the Nutrition and Biomedicine course directly from the portal.
For a successful application and admission, you need the following documents:
- TUMonline application form
- Preliminary Documentation by uni-assist
- Transcript of records of Bachelor's degree or equivalent (notarized copy)
- Curriculum vitae in English
- Statement of motivation in English
- Passport-sized photo
- Passport (copy)
- English language certificate (if applicable, certified copy)
- Curricular analysis
- APS certificate (applicants from China, Mongolia and Vietnam only)
Documents to be handed in later:
- Proof of health insurance (until 5 weeks after the beginning of the lectures)
- Final degree certificate and Diploma of the Bachelor's degree or equivalent
(notarized copy; until 1 year after the beginning of your studies, i.e. 30 September 2021)
You will receive a checklist with the required documents upon completion of the online application process. Documents in languages other than English or German must be accompanied by a notarized English or German translation.
Applicants whose native language is not English must provide proof of English language skills equivalent to level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
In a subsequent aptitude assessment, we will check whether you have the necessary prerequisites and motivation for the program.
The admissions process is described in the appendix to the Academic and Examination Regulations of the program.
If you are subsequently admitted, you will have to submit a few certified paper copies for enrolment.
Already in the middle of your master's degree in Nutrition and Biomedicine? Everything you need!
Degree program documentation, module catalog
The degree chart gives you an overview and recommendation, which modules you should take in which semester according to academic and examination regulations (FPSO).
- Timetable (TUM ID required for login):
This timetable is intended to give you an overview of the planned compulsory and elective modules of a semester. It is for orientation purposes only and will not be updated during the semester!
- Via TUMonline you can have a timetable created for each semester according to FSPO.
- You can also create your own individual timetable, which can contain not only the dates of the selected courses but also your personal appointments.
- Find Nutrition and Biomedicine electives in TUMonline (WS 2020/21)
- General Academic and Examination Regulations at TUM (APSO)
- Academic and Examination Regulations (FPSO)
- Examination dates & registration via TUMonline
In TUMonline you can register for the module examinations that accompany your studies.
Important: You can only take most of the exams if you have actively registered yourself via TUMonline within the registration period. The registration and deregistration period will be displayed at the exam date.
- Board of Examination
The board of examination is a committee consisting of university professors and lecturers of the degree program. The chairperson of the board of examination of your degree program is Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Martin Klingenspor. Applications to the board of examination are received by the secretary and submitted to the board of examination for decision. You can reach the secretary by sending an email to recognition.wzw[at]tum.de.
Internships & excursions
A pre-study internship before the start of the course is not required for admission. However, in the third semester you have to complete your 8-week Research Internship as a required module. You can choose between a TUM chair of your choice, international/national research institutions or industry.
Please use this list to find a TUM chair to supervise and register your research internship in advance.
In the Internship database of the TUM School of Life Sciences you will find many possibilities where you could do your internship.
More information on practical experience during studies
Detailed, degree program - specific information about graduation can be found in the
Wiki Life Sciences – Study and Teaching - Graduation (TUM ID required for login)