Elective Lectures

Credit Points: not graded


Duration: ca. 1 month (first month of study course)


Examination Type: Written exam

Content & Further Information:

 Since students are from different backgrounds, the elective courses are held during the first six weeks of the first semester to give an overview about the topics and fill possible gaps. There are four elective courses available, each is held by one or two lecturers. You are free to choose 2 out of 4 elective courses, in which you have to write an exam (not graded).


1) Organic Chemistry/Biochemistry

  • Structure and function of DNA
  • Amino acids and peptides
  • Enzymes and cofactors
  • Oligonucleotide synthesis
  • Lipids

2) Cell Biology/Immunology

  • Organisation and functions of cell organelles
  • Cellular transport mechanisms
  • Cell signalling
  • Innate and adaptive immunity
  • Cells of the immune system
  • Lymphoid organs

3) Inorganic Chemistry/Physical Chemistry

  • Anatomic and molecular structure
  • Acids and bases
  • Oxidation and reduction
  • Thermochemistry
  • Internal energy, entropy, Helmholtz and Gibbs energies, chemical kinetics

4) Genetics/ Molecular Biology

  • Transcription, translation, repair mechanisms, regulatory mechanism
  • Genome structure and organisation
  • Genetic engineering – tools and methods