Biological Chemistry

guarantors: prof. RNDr. František Vácha, Ph.D. (FS USB); prof. Mag. Dr. Norbert Müller (JKU)

The joint Master's degree program in Biological Chemistry is organized and supported by the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences at the JKU Linz and the Faculty of Sciences at the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice, Czech Republic.

The primary goal of the study program is to provide state-of-the-art education that encompasses molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry and biophysics. The program represents an alternative extension of the modern molecular, cellular and structural biology towards biochemistry, bio-organic chemistry and biophysics.

Length of the study is 2.5 years (5 semesters). The first year of masters study takes place in Linz and involves the study of chemistry, structural biochemistry and biophysical chemistry. The second year of instruction focuses on structural, molecular and systems biology. Instruction takes place in Ceske Budejovice. During the fifth and final semester, students may choose at which university they wish to complete their studies.

The program is conducted entirely in English. Applicants from study programs other than Bachelor Biological Chemistry and other universities must provide a sufficient TOEFL score or pass an exam (see below).

The emphasis during the study is laid on modern forms of study focused on practical instruction with the use of modern information technology. A significant portion of the study program consists of practical training, praxis in research laboratories and involvement in research projects.

Successful completion of the masters degree program will open the door to continuing on to doctoral studies in biochemistry, molecular biology, biophysics or bioorganic chemistry. Graduates of the cross-border Biological Chemistry study program will receive a professional qualification at the frontier of modern chemistry and biology. This will clear the path for a wide range of employment positions at institutions undertaking basic and applied research and development, in chemical and biological laboratories, at biotechnology firms, universities, institutes of the Academy of Sciences and private companies. Excellent knowledge of the English language will prepare graduates of this attractive discipline for involvement in international research teams or work abroad.

a helpful booklet on how to survive the first year in Linz, wrote by the first students of the study program.


Admission to the study program is based primarily on the applicant's academic credentials and his/her knowledge of biology/chemistry/biophysics and the English language. Admission is granted without regard to sex, age, religion, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation or marital status. The master’s “Biological Chemistry” study program welcomes qualified candidates for transfer admission from accredited universities with a completed bachelor's degree in molecular and cellular biology, chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics or related fields showing substantial knowledge of biology and chemistry comparable to graduates of our bachelor Biological Chemistry program.

An official TOEFL level of at least B2 (SERR) will be required. The candidates without this TOEFL level will have to pass the internal English test at the Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia (FS USB).

A) Students who successfully graduated in the bachelor program Biological Chemistry from USB and JKU are admitted to the master's program automatically.

B) Applicants for masters program Biological Chemistry from other programs or universities

Applicants with sufficient background in chemistry and biology will have to pass a written exam composed of three parts:

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • General, Organic, and Analytical Chemistry.

Tuition fee
According to the guidelines of the Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic, students are required to pay a tuition fee. The tuition fee reflects extra administration and operational costs connected with running the study program in a foreign language (estimated to be around 10 EUR per student). The precise amount will be declared by the dean of the Faculty of Science at the beginning of each calendar year, in accordance with Study and Exam Guidelines of the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice.

Students are supported by various stipends from USB and JKU during their studies - the Dept. of Study Affairs will provide more information. Further possibilities fo stipends for students outside Austria.

Requirements for successful completion of studies
The requirements follow the Internal guidelines of University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice. Further requirements are specified in the Internal guidelines of Faculty of Science of the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice. To complete the master’s study program in Biological Chemistry, four basic requirements have to be fulfilled. The student has to pass all required exams and acquire a sufficient amount of credits (≥ 150). The student is also required to defend a master's thesis and subsequently pass a final oral exam.

Bachelor and Master theses

The requirements for theses is very different at JKU and USB, especially for bachelor thesis. please, read the information on theses writing and number of submitted copies!


Facebook group of Biological Chemistry students

University of South Bohemia
Faculty of Science

Branišovská 31
CZ - 370 05 České Budějovice
Czech republic

Johannes Kepler University Linz
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences

Altenbergerstr. 69
A - 4040 Linz

Student Services Departments:


Tel.: +420 387 772 268
e-mail: studijni (at)

Tel.: +43 732 2468 1312
e-mail: lss (at)



Prof. RNDr. František Vácha, Ph.D.
e-mail: vacha (at)
Tel.: +420 387 776 201

Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Norbert Müller
e-mail: biologicalchemistry (at)
Tel.: +43 732 2468 8746