International Master's Program in Regenerative Biology and Medicine


The application for the winter term 2015/16 is closed. The next round will start in February 2016.


Curriculum and Modules




During the last decade the focus of traditional biology and medicine has shifted to a stronger interconnection of the two disciplines particularly in view of the growing relevance of stem cell research for medicine. Dresden boasts world class research and scientists working together in the fields of molecular biology, regenerative therapies, bioengineering and biomaterials represented by the Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden, the BIOTEChnology Center, the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, the Medical Theoretical Center, the Carl Gustav Carus Faculty of Medicine and the Max Bergmann Center for Biomaterials. This identifies Dresden and the BIOTEC/CRTD as an ideal location and host of an international master's program interconnecting traditional biology with clinical applications.


Master of Science (M.Sc.)


4 semesters (3 semesters coursework + 1 semester Master's thesis)


only for winter semester, start in October



International Students

The Master's courses at the BIOTEC/CRTD are very international as you can see in the charts below for the years 2012-2014. We have students from all over the world, e.g. from Mexico, Brazil, India, Ghana, Russia, Ukraine, the USA, Italy, Spain, Turkey and Greece. 


PhD Option

Through a cooperation between the Dresden International PhD Program (DIPP) and the three Master‘s programs Molecular Bioengineering, Nanobiophysics and Regenerative Biology and Medicine, a Fast Track (after one year of study) or Early Admission (after 3 semesters) to our PhD program is possible for selected students. Decision will be made based on performance and recommendation.

Fast track:
Outstanding students (a maximum of 6 students) in the first year (2nd semester) are invited to apply to the PhD program for a „fast track“. In that case, admitted candidates will enter the PhD program without completing the Master's degree.

Early admission:
Outstanding students (a maximum of 6 students) in the second year (3rd semester) are invited to apply to the PhD program for an „early admission“. Admitted students may either directly enter the PhD program without completing the Master's degree or first complete the MSc, and then join the PhD.

Teaching Staff

The major share of teaching in the master's program is covered by the CRTD professors and their assistants. Their expertise is complemented by teachers from the BIOTEChnology Center, the Medical Faculty Carl Gustav Carus (Med Fac), the Faculty of Mathematics and Science (Math Nat) and the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG).

Career Prospects

The course will qualify students for life sciences work and approaches. The student will acquire elementary knowledge of molecular cell biology and developmental biology with specific theoretical and practical application to in vitro and in vivo stem cell work which is relevant to regeneration and to human application. Students will be qualified to apply concepts and techniques in stem cell biology and animal models onto new research projects in regenerative biology and medicine. Altogether, the students will be enabled to work independently on academic or industry projects in a problem-oriented and responsible way.

The students will have access to a wide range of R&D work fields, particularly in the areas of cell biology, developmental biology, stem cell biology and medicine, and have the opportunity to perform research in leading international research laboratories.

Testimonials from Students

Viktoria Bosak from Austria, RegBioMed 2012-2014:
"The Master program Regenerative Biology and Medicine is a great opportunity for everyone who wants to get a better insight into the daily life of a researcher. Due to the different lab rotations students get a lot of hands-on practice in  very different research areas. You have to work independently on your own small projects, conducting actual research and getting a feeling for what it means to be a researcher. Thereby you get familiar with different laboratory techniques.  It is the perfect preparation for everyone who aims to do a PhD afterwards. Furthermore, the lectures where really interesting, teaching us very recent scientific findings and did a great job in bridging the gap between general biology and translational medicine. In addition, I really like the highly interdisciplinary research and the great communication on campus between different institutes! Together with the Uniklinikum, MPI, DZNE, B-Cube and Biotec, the CRTD is a great place for science and the working atmosphere is great. Dresden itself is a beautiful city, with lots of great things to do and see. I can definitely recommend coming here for your studies."

Prabesh Bhattarai from Nepal, RegBioMed 2012-2014:
"Coming to Dresden far away from home to study was one tough decision to make, but after joining the Master’s RegBioMed course in CRTD, I felt I took a good decision. Dresden itself is a beautiful and peaceful city with a huge historic value, but besides it is also one of the scientific hub for research. Dresden offers a good mixture of Science, history, culture, nature, and worth to mention a city with affordable expenses for students. As my course was an international course, I met fellow students from different countries with different background in context of origin, culture and education. It was a good opportunity to all of us to share and learn new experiences. Our course was based on current research topics and the lectures were taken by internationally renowned researchers which made it quite interesting and motivating. One good thing in CRTD is that there are several institutions closeby like Biotechnology Cenetr, Max Planck Institute, the Medical Theoretical Center, the Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden which are working in close interaction, which allows you to know about wide variety of research. This will broaden up several fields that you want to move into. Overall, living and studying in Dresden was really a good experience. I will definitely cherish all those moments spent in friendly environment with awesome people around in CRTD and in Dresden."

Juliane Hammer from Germany, RegBioMed 2012-2014:
"What I liked most about the RegBioMed program are the lab rotations where you have the opportunity to work on your own research projects in different labs, get to know many new people and learn how working in a research lab really is like. During the lectures, we were equipped with a broad knowledge on regeneration, stem cell biology and related fields.  Dresden is a wonderful city to live and study and the CRTD provides an excellent research environment. I would definitely decide for this master program again!"

Sarah Wendler from Germany, RegBioMed 2013-15:
"In my opinion, Dresden is a perfect place to study in the field of biomedicine. The educational background is diverse and everyone will find the perfect research field. The RegBioMed course is excellent to gain expertise in medical research and enables you to think outside the box. You will get a practical insight into academical career and also to related job opportunities. The internationality of the course guarantees a special feeling of open-mindness and celebration of being together. This is also supported by the familiarity of the course and institute network: BIOTEC/CRTD students are persons instead of only matriculation numbers. Dresden offers you most of the things you need. And if not: you can grab your bike (or the train) and discover the beautiful regions around."

Lara Marrone from Italy, RegBioMed 2013-15:
"Moving to Dresden for the RegBioMed international Master program was a great choice! The stimulating research-oriented environment allowed me to immediately put myself to the test and learn how to efficaciously elaborate sensible solutions to typical lab-related problems. The degree of strength and self-confidence that I acquired was extremely valuable. Living away from home for the first time was also a new experience and through the help of determination, as well as the presence of cheerful people from all over the world sharing my same condition, I managed to quickly overcome every difficulty. Also, meeting people with different beliefs and backgrounds opened my eyes towards a more multi-cultural conception of the world, and significantly broadened my horizons. I have to admit, it was interesting to get to know about traditions and points of view that are very far from what I have always considered as standard! Last but not least, there was also enough time for enjoying the beauty of the city of Dresden and have fun with friends. All in all, a very positive experience that I will certainly store among my loveliest memories."

César Alcala from Mexico, RegBioMed 2013-2015:
"Coming to Germany and studying this master showed me how big is the world and how much it has to offer. I experienced a totally different culture and met wonderful people from all over the world. I also had the luck to choose an unique master program that helped me develop many professional skills and allowed me to learn from experts first-hand. In the future, I intend to keep making the most out of opportunities that allow me to gain professional development and make meaningful contributions while exploring other places and realities."

Curriculum and Modules

The Master's program offers interdisciplinary education in the field of stem cells, regeneration biology, tissue engineering, and clinically focussed human biology and pathology with the aim to prepare students to perform research that can be applied to regenerative medicine therapies. The program combines theory with extensive practical experience in the research laboratory with focus on the scientific fundamentals of stem cell biology and regeneration model organisms as well as recent methods of genomic analysis of stem cells and model organisms, tissue engineering, current and potential applications in clinical diseases. Students will also learn essential skills for presenting their work orally and in written form.

The documents outlining the contents of each module, the kind of exams to be taken and the course of studies can be downloaded here. Please note that the current version (see below) has been officially approved by the Scientific Board of the BIOTEC. They are currently legally checked by the university administration. Once this is completed, they will be signed by the rector.


German version

English version 

Please note that the German text is the authoritative version, the English version is a courtesy translation. In case of ambiguity, please refer to the German documents!


Living expenses in Dresden

The TU Dresden is a public university that does not charge any tuition fees. Students only have to pay a registration or service fee (called "Semesterbeitrag") of approx. EUR 240 per semester, which includes a ticket for Dresden’s public transport network.

In general, living costs in Dresden are relatively lower as compared to other German cities. Students may expect monthly expenses of minimum EUR 650-700
. This will cover the following: 

  • Rent: approx. EUR 150-300 (in a student residence or shared flat/WG)
  • Health insurance: EUR 60-100
  • Personal expenses


GoWest Scholarship Program for nationals from Middle and Eastern Europe, including the Commonwealth of Independent States

In cooperation with the Haniel/Klaus Tschira foundations, we offer up to 3 GoWest scholarships to very good students from Middle and Eastern Europe, including the Commonwealth of Independent States, for the 3 Master's courses Regenerative Biology and Medicine, Molecular Bioengineering and Nanobiophysics.

The scholarship amounts to 625 EUR per month and includes a German language course. In order to apply for it, please state this in the online application form. The selection committee of the Master's program selects the eligible candidates among the admitted students and submits a shortlist to the Haniel and Klaus Tschira foundations for approval. Successful candidates are notified by the BIOTEC/CRTD student office.


Deadline for the application for the winter term 2015/16 is May 31 2015! 

Admission requirements

 Our program is targeted towards students with 

  • first university degree in biology or medicine or another degree qualifying for a profession where comparable previous knowledge is needed especially in molecular and cell biology
  • strong command of the English language: non-native speakers need to provide proof of their language proficiency e.g. TOEFL: minimum level 550 points paper-based OR 213 points computer-based OR 80 points internet-based, IELTS: minimum level 6.0. Certificates of other tests of equivalent standard will also be considered, e.g. UniCERT, CPE.
  • solid basic knowledge in biology or medicine and ideally some laboratory experience
  • interest in cell and molecular biology research with a clinical connection in the field of regenerative medicine
  • inquisitiveness, initiative and independent thinking

HOW to apply

Please note that you need to complete three steps for your application:

1. You need to apply online 

2. In addition, you need to send certified copies of the following documents and certified English or German translations (if the documents have not been issued in one of these languages) to us by post.

  • your university degree certificate(s)
  • latest transcripts of records
  • your higher education entrance qualification (Abitur, Baccalaureate, School-Leaving Certificate, O- and A-Levels etc.), including list of grades
  • CV in English
  • motivation letter in English 
  • two letters of recommendation from professors of your college or university qualified to evaluate your academic achievements and your potential for graduate study
  • proof of your English proficiency 
  • applicants from China, Mongolia and Vietnam must provide the APS certificate by the Akademische Prüfstelle from the German Embassy in Beijing, Ulan Bator or Hanoi. Please find more information here.
  • We require a Bachelor's degree from most Asian applicants (including India, China etc.) with a minimum of four years of study or, alternatively, a three year Bachelor's degree plus one year of successful Master's studies.
  • Not mandatory but recommended if you have taken the test: your results of the GRE test 

In order to consider your application we need all the documents listed above. 

Please do not send original documents; certified copies are acceptable at the time of application. However, please note that we do have to see the originals upon your arrival when you register at the TUD. 

If you want your documents back in case you are not admitted, please enclose 5 international reply coupons (international students) or a self-adressed, prepaid envelope (German students)! 

Please send the required documents via snail mail (not by fax) to the CRTD student office.

CRTD - TU Dresden 
 Student Office/Application for Regenerative Biology and Medicine 
Fetscherstraße 105
 01307 Dresden

We will confirm the receipt of your documents at our office by email.

3. For foreign (non-German) applicants only: please register in the online registration system of the TUD registration office at and include a print-out of the form in the documents you sent to us. This registration starts on April 1 so if you apply to us earlier than this, please make sure you remember to complete the registration at the TU Dresden later and send us the print-out by e-mail attachment (pdf!). 

WHEN to apply

We offer admission only once a year, for the winter term starting in October. Application Deadline is May 31 (This is the date of receipt in our office - NOT the date of despatch and NOT the date of online registration). 

The applications are evaluated by the selection committee of the Master's program within approx. 4-6 weeks after the application deadlineDecisions on admittance will be based on your grade point average (GPA), your grades in relevant subjects as well as your educational and professional background. 

If your application is successful, the committee is going to mail you a confirmation letter, stating that you are selected for the program. Simultaneously, we pass on your application details to the Registration Office (for German students) and International Office (for international students) at the Technische Universität Dresden who will check that all formal requirements are met. 

German students should report to the TUD Immatrikulationsamt directly when they arrive here at the beginning of the semester. 

International students are going to receive an admission letter (referred to as "Zulassungsbescheid") from the TUD International Office. This letter should be used to apply for a student visa at the German Embassy of your home country. Along with the admission letter you will also receive a detailed checklist with the formalities to be completed before and after your arrival in Dresden. Please also kindly refer to the FAQ section on the BIOTEC website which might answer some of your related questions already! 

Good luck for your application!

Last Modified: 26/11/2015