Master-Programme: FAQ

Candidates should hold a Bachelor of Science degree (or equivalent) in Biological Sciences or a subject related to Biological Sciences.

All principal investigators available as mentors are listed in our online application portal. Please inform yourself about the research area of the groups and pick your initial mentor during online application. It is possible to change your initial mentor after 6 months / 1 year in Cologne. If you have identified a suitable mentor, you are able to pick the group as your host for your Master thesis.

Application for the Master fellowship programmes takes place via our online application portal. 

For the online application you will be asked to provide the following information:

  • Statement on past and current research interest (250 words)
  • Statement on motivation to join the Master fellowship programme (250 words)
  • Specification of your desired mentor (see list of possible mentors in the application portal)
  • Indication two academic advisors as referees
  • Provision of CV, certificates, transcripts and other supporting documents as separate pdf files

Premise of being awarded with a Master fellowship is the admission to the Master of Science in Biological Sciences programme of the University of Cologne. Please note that an application to the Master programme at the University is a separate and independent step. Please apply on the webpage of the University of Cologne: https://www.biologie.uni-koeln.de/application.html. The decision about your admission to the Master programme at the University of Cologne will be communicated to you by the MSc Biological Sciences selection committee in summer 2019.

Master students who have recently started their Master studies in the MSc in Biological Sciences programme at the University of Cologne and have received excellent grades during the first subject modules are highly encouraged to apply!

The fellowship programme starts with the Master of Science in Biological Sciences programme of the Univeristy of Cologne on October 1, 2019.

Yes, all Master courses and rotations are taught in English! The CGA faculty is very international and many students have an international background.

Master fellowship holders will be supported for 1.5 years with a monthly fellowship of 800 €. During the Master thesis project students are equipped with an equally remunerated working contract. 

Your application will also be accepted if the Bachelor degree has not yet been awarded by the time of application. However, it must be awarded before your individual start of your Master studies on October 1, 2019. If you should receive the degree after having submitted the application form, please send it to cga-coordination[at]uni-koeln.de.

You have been asked to write a letter of recommendation? Please refer to the applicant's registration code as stated in the e-mail you received from us. Please use the link that has been sent to you, rate the applicant and submit the letter of recommendation to our online application portal in English until July 25, 2019 at the latest. Please note that applicants are not allowed to submit letters of recommendations on your behalf, they have to come from you directly.

All candidates require excellent written and spoken English skills (C1 level) for their studies.

Please mention "not applicable", in case your degree does not include a thesis. If your thesis has not been completed yet, please indicate this and submit a preliminary abstract. Please discriminate between obtained result and planned experiments. If your degree does not require a thesis, but you performed a scientific project as part of a rotation, please specify this in the abstract field then, but clearly indicate it as a rotation project.

For the initial application, we accept documents in all Germanic and Romanic languages. We can unfortunately not accept applications with foreign language characters such as Cyrillic or Chinese. Please submit an official translation of your certificates in these cases.

All candidates will be selected in July/August 2019, based on the online profiles and submitted documents. Please note that application to the Master programme at the university is a separate step and independent from the selection of the Master fellowship programme of the CGA. Please perform this application on the webpage of the University of Cologne: https://www.biologie.uni-koeln.de/application.html. We can only admit student to the Master fellowship programme that were accepted as Master students by the University of Cologne!

Admitted students can start their Master students as fellowship holders in October 2019.

No, there is only a minor semester fee of approx. €280 per semester for the public transport pass, student sports, student usage of the cafeteria and the General Students' Committee, the acting executive board and the external representing agency of the student body of the University of Cologne. Find more information here.

A single apartment at the student housing costs approx. €300/month. On the private market, depending on size, location and equipment apartments cost approx. €500/month.
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Master fellowship holders will be supported for 1.5 years with a monthly fellowship of 800 € and a working contract during the Master thesis project. All admitted students pick a principal investigator of our faculty as student mentor. Being part of the mentors group, Master fellows actively engage scientific and social activities of the chosen group and have regular advisory meetings with the mentor. Already at an early stage, students are thus able to identify the research filed they are most passionate about for their future career as PhD student.

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Cologne offers an outstanding international research environment at the most prestigious ageing research cluster in Germany, including the "Cologne Excellence Cluster on Stress Responses in Aging-Associated Diseases" (CECAD), the University Hospital Cologne and the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, the Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research. Cologne has emerged as leading global research centre with a stellar constellation of institutes and scientists dedicated to ageing research.

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Of course, we encourage all students, who successfully finish their Master studies as Master fellow to apply for a PhD at the Cologne GraduateSchool of Ageing Research! But it is really up to you- with an educational background in biological science and ageing research many doors will be open for you!