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Biodiversity, Ecology & Evolution

Master of Science

Subject description and further information

Necessary Skills

The degree course is open to graduates of bachelor's degree courses with a degree in biosciences or life sciences. Graduates from other disciplines can be admitted after a case-by-case examination, provided that they have a strong connection to topics such as zoology, botany, ecology, evolution, or physiology. In addition, proof of English language skills at level B2 (CEFR) or alternatively, proof of at least seven years of school English is a prerequisite for admission.

What this subject is about

The programme focuses on organismic-ecological research and teaching. Special emphasis is placed on understanding changes in biodiversity, analysing its pattern in space and time, and finding solutions for its protection.

The Master‘s programme "Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution" aims to train graduates to independently identify and structure problems in research and/or practice and to answer them by selecting and applying appropriate scientific methods. During their studies, students receive a broad methodological training that includes both field and laboratory methods. Knowledge in the following fields is imparted:

  • Ecological field and laboratory methods
  • Recording and analysis of biodiversity
  • Palaeoecological analyses
  • Modelling, GIS analyses
  • Behavioural analysis, telemetry
  • Morphological analyses (histology, TEM, REM, μCT, CLSM)
  • Phylogenetic analyses
  • Population genetics
  • Environmental analytical methods (TOC, HPLC, GC, GC-MS)
  • Microbiological analyses, immunology
  • Quantitative and molecular genetics
  • Protein biochemical analyses
  • Database management
  • Statistical analyses

Graduates of this subject work in …

The career prospects for graduates of the M.Sc. programme in Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution are primarily in the scientific (universities, universities of applied sciences, research institutes), but also in other governmental (environmental authorities, water management offices, political consulting, museums, botanical and zoological gardens) and economic sectors (e.g. expert and planning offices, agricultural industry, food industry, pest control, biotechnology, clinical laboratories, medical technology, pharmaceutical industry, publishing houses and media).Graduates will also be entitled to pursue their qualification with a doctorate.

General information about the degree course

The degree course M.Sc. Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution is characterised by a high degree of flexibility. Ranging from the start of the programme, which is possible in both the winter and summer semesters, to the free choice and combination of the advanced modules. This allows for a personal focus in the fields of animal ecology and evolution, plant ecology and evolution, or microecology, among others. In addition, the study programme includes a high proportion of exercises and practical training in the laboratory and in the field. With the Mobility Module, stays abroad can be easily integrated into the degree course.

From winter semester 2021/22 onwards, the degree course will be taught in English. This should on the one hand increase the ability to work internationally and on the other hand give foreign students the opportunity to study in Germany.

Further Links
Department of Biology


Standard period of study:
4 Semester
Study type:
international course,
part time,
full time
Subject type:
One-Subject Degree Course
Restricted admission:
local admisssion restriction
Admission requirement:
Admission requirements for the Master's degree course are a first professionally qualifying certificate of academic degree in a biology or life sciences degree course or in a closely related degree course with at least 50% of the credit points of the first professionally qualifying certificate of academic degree from the biological field on topics such as zoology, botany, ecology, evolution or physiology.
Main teaching language:
Study field:
Mathematics, Natural Sciences
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Start of studies:
Winter and summer semester
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