03 Entrance exam
The entrance exam for all applicants residing in Germany, Austria or Switzerland will be held at the LMU Biocenter. It will likely take place in May, 2022.
For applicants residing outside of Germany, Austria or Switzerland, we aim to organize an alternative way for you to take the exam, for example by giving you the opportunity to take the exam at a “Goethe-Institut” or other testing center in your or a neighboring country. This exam will likely take place in May, 2022. Please note that the exam in Munich is free of charge, but other testing institutes might charge a fee for proctoring the exam.
The examination lasts 90 minutes and contains questions on different biological topics regarding the human and molecular biology methods, similar to the online SAT Biology Subject Test. It will consist of multiple-choice questions in the area of “Cell Biology, Stem Cells and Epigenetics”, “Molecular Microbiology and Infection Biology”, “Molecular Oncology”, “Neurosciences” and “Cardiovascular and Lung Research”. The exam questions will be at a bachelor’s level, so any relevant textbook at a bachelor’s level can help you in preparing for the exam. In following list you can find literature recommendations on each topic.
- Molecular Cell Biology (eds. Lodish et al)
- Molecular Biology of the Gene (ed. Watson)
- The Human Body (ed. Faller)
- Color Atlas of Human Anatomy
- Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain (Bear et al)
- Animal Physiology (Knut Schmidt-Nielsen)
- Physiology and Biochemistry of Prokaryotes (ed. White)
- Biology of Microorganisms (Brock)
- The Biology of Cancer (Robert A. Weinberg)
- The Hallmarks of Cancer, Review, Robert A. Weinberg
A combined score is assigned according to your exam grade (70%) and your grade point average from your bachelor’s degree (30%). If the calculated value is less than or equal to 2.0, according to the German grading system with 1 being the best and 4 being the minimum pass grade, we will invite you to an interview (step 04). In respect to your grade point average: If the grading system of your home country differs from the German system, we will convert your grade point average.