Introduction and General Overview

Major "Cancer Biology"


Major Cancer Biology in the "Corona crisis"

Major Cancer Biology is affected by the Corona pandemic in the following way:

  • Selection for October 2021 intake: all evaluation will be done online, personal interviews by telephone/video call only, for details see 'Application and Admission'
  • Courses in the ongoing winter and upcoming summer term:
    hybrid mode of online teaching by video conference for lecture series, theoretical parts, seminars,
    and practical parts in physical presence following the safety and hygiene concept of DKFZ and Heidelberg University

[update: 20. January 2021]

Major Cancer Biology within the International Master Program 'Molecular Biosciences'

Faculty of Biosciences, Heidelberg University
in collaboration with the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg


Although tremendous effort has been invested in the fight against cancer and considerable improvement has been made in therapeutic options over the past years, this disease still remains one of the major causes of death. It is thus of paramount importance to put further efforts into better understanding the biology of cancer and into developing means to improve diagnosis and therapy. Thus with the aim of promoting teaching and research in Cancer Biology, the Faculty of Biosciences and the German Cancer Research Center (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ) have launched a Major in "Cancer Biology". This Major is an integrative part of the Master Program "Molecular Biosciences" of the Faculty of Biosciences, University of Heidelberg and offers comprehensive training in cancer research for graduate students.

DKFZ: Mission and Structure


Scientists at the German Cancer Research Center DKFZ systematically investigate the mechanisms of cancer development and progression and evaluate risk factors. Novel findings are exploited in translational research aimed at developing improved strategies to prevent, diagnose, and treat cancer.

DKFZ is the largest biomedical research institute in Germany
DKFZ is a foundation under public law and is a member of the Helmholtz Association of National Research Centers
DKFZ is a partner in the National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT) Heidelberg
DKFZ is the Core center of the German Consortium for Translational Cancer Research (DKTK)

DKFZ as part of the Teaching Activities of the University of Heidelberg

Many DKFZ scientists are professors or lecturers at the University of Heidelberg, which is one of the world's top-ranking locations of international science and scholarship, particularly in biomedical sciences. As Germany's oldest seat of higher learning, it can look back on a 600-year tradition. Heidelberg's prominence is uncontested in many fields, both nationally and internationally.

Together with its strong partners, the Major "Cancer Biology" plays an active role in shaping the future in cancer research by offering students innovative research-oriented teaching and thus educating the decision makers of tomorrow.

M.Sc. Degree and Ph.D. Program


A M.Sc. degree in "Molecular Biosciences" with a major in "Cancer Biology" qualifies for participation in Ph.D. programs in Germany and worldwide. The DKFZ maintains an International Ph.D. Program, the Helmholtz International Graduate School for Cancer Research, which hosts about 300 Ph.D. students, who perform their theses in seven fields of research. This doctorate program attracts outstanding and highly talented Ph.D. students. A special feature of the program is the high accumulation of internationally reputed scientists and excellent research groups at DKFZ.

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At a glance: MSc Molecular Biosciences with Major in Cancer Biology at the DKFZ

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