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!
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)
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.
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.
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!
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.
To apply for the Master`s program Nutrition and Biomedicine, you must prove a qualified bachelor's degree of at least six semesters from a domestic or foreign institution of higher education, or at least an equivalent degree in the fields of Nutritional Science or a comparable Natural Sciences degree with a focus on Life Sciences.
You need to prove a minimum amount of 120 Credits completed by the time of your application.
Knowledge of the English language: students whose native language or language of instruction is not English must demonstrate proficiency through an acknowledged language test such as the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL, with a minimum of 88 points), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS, with a minimum of 6.5 points), or the Cambridge Main Suite of English Examinations; if, in the undergraduate program, 30 credits were obtained for examinations administered in English-language examination modules or if the final thesis was written in English, adequate proficiency in the English language is deemed proven.
The Aptitude Assessment is conducted annually only for winter semester.
During the application period, you can apply for a place of study via the application portal TUMonline. You can upload your admission documents directly from the portal.
++ N E W ++: Applicants with higher education entrance qualifications outside the area of applicability of the Lisbon Convention (Countries of the Lisbon Convention) must take an electronic test (TUM-Test) before the application deadline in order to participate in the aptitude assessment for the Master’s Degree Program Nutrition and Biomedicine. Applicants with higher education entrance qualifications within the area of applicability of the Lisbon Convention (Countries of the Lisbon Convention) do not have to take the TUM-Test.
- The TUM-Test for the Master's program Nutrition and Biomedicine is conducted once per admissions period before the application deadline.
- For the application for the winter semester 2023-24 TUM-Test will take place on Thursday, 09 March 2023, at 2.00 p.m. Central European Time (CET)!
- At least one week before the date, you will receive an invitation to the TUM-Test via email with detailed information.
- The TUM-Test is an online, written test (in English) comprising approximately 10-15 questions requiring approximately 30 minutes to complete.
The TUM-Test covers the following categories:
A Mathematics and Statistics
B Research methods
- If you have achieved at least 40 points in the TUM-Test you will be assessed in the aptitude process. You will receive a confirmation of your participation in the TUM-Test Nutrition and Biomedicine with the achieved score. You must upload this confirmation with your application documents.
- In order to participate in the TUM test, you need your application number (1-00xxxxxx). Therefore, you have to apply online in TUMonline at least one week before the test and send the application electronically. You can then upload documents (e.g. proof of participation in the TUM-test) later.
- The results of the TUM-Test are valid for a maximum of two years
Details about the online application process can be found here.
In a subsequent aptitude assessment process, we will check whether you have the appropriate qualifications and skills for the Master`s program.
1) For applicants with higher education entrance qualifications within the area of applicability of the Lisbon Convention (Countries of the Lisbon Convention), the commission uses a curricular analysis to assess your aptitude and the eligibility of your submitted qualifications (first stage of the aptitude assessment process).
The link and Application number/Antragsnummer to register for the curricular analysis can be found in your TUMonline application account.
Especially for modules that cannot be clearly assigned to the subject groups based on their title, it is recommended to upload the corresponding contents (e.g. module handbook, module descriptions).
On the basis of the curricular analysis, the commission evaluates and grades your basic competencies in the following fundamental subject groups:
- Inorganic chemistry with practical course
- Organic and physical chemistry with practical course
- Mathematics and Statistics
- Cell Biology
- Human/animal physiology
- Laboratory practical performance (e.g. in biochemistry, microbiology; human/animal physiology, biology).
The total points of the first stage will be calculated as the sum of the individual evaluations (curricular analysis ).
Applicants who have achieved at least 50 points will receive confirmation that they have passed the aptitude assessment.
Applicants who have achieved less than 40 points fail the aptitude assessment.
The remaining applicants will be invited to an aptitude assessment interview (second stage of the aptitude assessment process).
2) ++ N E W ++: For applicants with higher education entrance qualifications outside the area of applicability of the Lisbon Convention (Countries of the Lisbon Convention): on the basis of the results of the TUM-Test Nutrition and Biomedicine it will be assessed, whether an applicant is eligible for the program (first stage of the aptitude assessment process).
Based on the results of the TUM-Test, the total points in the first stage will be calculated. Applicants with at least 50 points will receive a confirmation letter that they have passed the aptitude assessment.
The remaining applicants will be invited to an aptitude assessment interview (second stage of the aptitude assessment process).
The detailed admission process is described in appendix 2a (without TUM-Test), 2b and 3 (with TUM-Test) within the Academic and Examination Regulations of the program.
If you are subsequently admitted, you will have to submit certified paper copies for enrolment at the TUM Center for Study and Teaching.
- Degree documentation
The degree program documentation presents the concept of the study program.
- Module catalog
We update the module catalog every semester. Depending on your start of studies (i.e. depending on your version of the Fachprüfungs- und Studienordnung (FPSO)) you can find the module manual here, in which all currently offered modules are described.
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)
First steps with TUMonline
- 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 email@example.com.
A pre-study internship is not required for admission. In the third semester, however, you must complete a 6-week research internship as a compulsory module - either at a TUM chair of your choice, in international or national research institutions or in industry.
Please be sure to follow the instructions in our info sheet and in the module description. Here you will also find important information on how to find a chair for the supervision and registration of 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 about
Detailed, degree program - specific information about graduation can be found in the
Wiki Life Sciences – Study and Teaching - Graduation (TUM ID required for login)
Personal student advising
Dr. Kai Hartwig
ground floor, room 09
Tel. +49 8161 71 4044
Consultation hours: Thursdays 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm