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Integrated Immunology (MSc)

International Master Programme Integrated Immunology

The international master programme “Integrated Immunology” (iImmune) was jointly initiated by the Department of Biology and the Faculty of Medicine at the Friedrich-Alexander University (FAU) of Erlangen-Nürnberg and is generously supported by the Elite Network of Bavaria. A central task of the Master programme is to integrate basic and clinical immunology training in a research-oriented way. The FAU has a very strong research focus on immunology research, both in medicine and biology, which is reflected in many collaborative research centres and PhD graduate schools that deal with this topic. The ageing society deals more and more with the implications of infectious diseases, as well as with chronic autoimmune diseases or allergic diseases. This inter-disciplinary master programme ideally prepares for research positions both in basic, as well as in clinical immunology to tackle these types of diseases. The integration of clinical modules allows a bench to bedside approach even to master students with a biology background. Additionally, the programme is also open to medical students.

Aims of the Master Programme
  • Provide a comprehensive education in the field of immunology at the interface between biology and medicine.
  • Train international students with a very good supervision, including small group teaching and modern teaching concepts such as problem-based learning.
  • Provide a research-oriented education, comprising both basic and clinical immunology.

During the first semester the students are trained in the module Basic Immunology (lectures, seminars, tutorials) and in an Integrated laboratory course. There is a lecture and tutorial in Cell and Molecular Biology plus elective softskill courses in topics such as imaging, bio-informatics, computer programming or ethics of science.

The second semester provides the module Translational Immunology (lectures, seminars, tutorials) and an Integrated laboratory course in Translational Immunology. A course in Clinical Immunology includes tutorials and bedside visits.

The third semester includes practical project work with lab rotations both in the labs in Erlangen, as well as an organised 3-month visit to one international immunology lab abroad. A theoretical project is done over the whole semester, resulting in a short written report and a presentation. There are additional modules as participants at spring or autumn schools of immunology or other graduate schools. The fourth semester is spent with the Master thesis.


Qualification requirement

Relevant Bachelor degree with grade 2,5 or better (or equivalent international grade) in Biology, Biochemistry, Life Sciences or a similar Bachelor degree.

Admission test

Applicants will be invited for an oral examination to test the suitability of the applicant for the MSc Integrated Immunology. Duration of the test is 20 Minutes. The topics of this examination will be basic knowledge in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Genetics. Furthermore, knowledge in a specific topic in immunology, virology or microbiology (as chosen by the applicant), will be examined.

The examination will be done by the admittance committee of the MSc programme. The examination date will be announced at least one week in advance. The applicants have to bear the arising expenses by themselves.

Language requirement

The required English level is “Vantage or upper intermediate” level (B2) according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, or an equivalent score in an internationally recognised test, eg. IELTS 5.5, TOEFL pbt 552. Six years of English lessons at a German Gymnasium shall also suffice as proof; applicants whose native language is English need not submit any such proof.

Proof of German proficiency is not required. However, we strongly recommend non-German speaking students to attend German language classes during the MSc studies.

Application documents

  • Secondary education certificate
  • University degree certificate with transcript of records
  • CV
  • Proof of English proficiency at level B2 according to the Common European Framework Reference for Languages
  • Motivation letter
  • Application deadline: 15th of July. For international applicants we strongly recommend to apply until 31st of May.

Address for application

  • 1st step: Online application via Campo
  • (until July 15th)
  • 2nd step: Send application documents to the following address:

    Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
    Referat L4 – Masterbüro
    Schlossplatz 4
    91054 Erlangen, Germany


MSc programme coordinator Prof. Dr. Falk Nimmerjahn


1. What type of certification is required for the documents?

An official certification must include the following:

  • a statement specifying that the copy corresponds to the original (this statement must be written in German, English or French)
  • a signature on behalf of the authority issuing the certification
  • an official stamp

The official stamp should usually contain an emblem – a stamp showing only text is not sufficient. If a copy has several pages, it must be shown that each page is part of the same certificate. It is sufficient for the statement and signature to be included on only one page provided that all pages are placed on top of one another, stapled together and stamped in such a way that part of the official stamp is visible on each page. Each page may also be certified individually. If this is the case, please ensure that your name is specified on each page of the original document. If this is not the case, it should be included in the statement. Statements must also include a comment on the type of certificate.

If a page is printed on both sides and the content of both sides is relevant, the statement must refer to both sides (for example: ‘Hiermit wird amtlich beglaubigt, dass die vor-/umstehende Kopie mit dem Original übereinstimmt’ or ‘It is hereby certified that the copy above and overleaf corresponds to the original’). If this is not the case, both sides must be certified individually.

If the original document contains an embossed seal, this will usually not be visible on the copy. In this case, the statement should also specify that an embossed seal is present on the original certificate.

Documents cannot be accepted if the certification does not meet the requirements.

2. Which type of funding opportunities for international master students is available at FAU?

Unfortunately, unlike some other countries, German universities do not have any funding available to support international students with their living costs. For this reason, international students usually receive scholarships from their home country or use their own funds to finance their studies.

Hinweis: Trotz sorgfältiger Prüfung können wir nicht ausschließen, dass sich vereinzelt Fehler eingeschlichen haben. Deshalb empfehlen wir allen Studieninteressierten, sich vor Studienbeginn noch einmal ausführlich beim Informations- und Beratungszentrum der FAU zu informieren.

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Studienart: Master
Standort: Erlangen
Regelstudienzeit: 4 Semester
Studienbeginn: Wintersemester
Sprache: Englisch
Frühstudium: nein
Teilzeitstudium: nein

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