M.Sc. Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • Free (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    Free (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • German ( Find a course )
| Göttingen, Germany
Program in biodiversity and ecology with high-level international acclaim. Biodiversity represents an obligatory umbrella module for all MSc students.



In this Master’s programme students acquire advanced knowledge and research practice in biodiversity, ecology, evolution, systematics, nature conservation biology, and forensic biology. Moreover, students have access to a broad spectrum of modules across faculties for further scientific specialisation and qualification as well as professional practice.

The broad spectrum of education in the fields of biology mentioned above enables students to develop their individual scientific profile.
Major studies in Göttingen

The consecutive study programme comprises seven fields of major studies:

  • Plant Ecology, Phytodiversity & Vegetation History;
  • Plant Systematics, Evolution & Phylogeny;
  • Animal Ecology;
  • Animal Systematics, Morphology & Behaviour;
  • Evolution;
  • Nature Conservation Biology;
  • Forensic Biology.

A covering module „Biodiversity“ provides species knowledge of plants and animals for advanced students.

Detailed Course Facts

Start dates and application deadlines

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Tuition fee
  • Free ( International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • Free ( EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.


From the winter semester 2014/15 on, there will be no more tuition fees in Lower Saxony.

Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Structure of the MSc-programme and scientific profile

The MSc-programme has a modular structure (120 ECTS points in four semesters), and allows students to develop their individual scientific profile. During the first year, students choose their field of major studies (30 C) and acquire additional qualifications by complementary modules (30 C), key competences (12 C), scientific project management (6 C), and biodiversity (12 C). The Master’s thesis (30 C) lasts six months, and rounds off the scientific profile. Studies and research stays abroad are supported, and can be acknowledged in the study programme.

Language requirements

Good knowledge of the English language on the level of the internet-based TOEFL-Test of at least 79 points or equivalences is required for admission in the MSc-programme. Foreign applicants must prove their basic German language skills on the minimum level B1 of the European Reference Frame for Languages.

Fields of professions

Fields of professions comprise employments like in research institutions, companies or public authorities like nature conservation or environmental agencies, in bureaus of criminal investigation, in print- or TV-media, in youth and adult education, in museums or collections of natural history, in botanical or zoological gardens, in national and international organisations for environmental care, in developmental agencies, and open academic careers in science.

English Language Requirements

Before starting a programme, you need to have a basic knowledge of the German language. Find German courses on Language Learning Portal.

TOEFL iBT® test (read more)


B.Sc. (or equivalent) in a biologically oriented discipline of life or environmental sciences; sufficient knowledge in German (to be proven by successful completion of a language test such as TestDaF or an equivalent test) as most courses are given in German. Students are admitted on the basis of the admission procedure according to the admission regulations

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