Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Semester)
    Tuition (Semester)
  • German
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


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.

Programme Structure

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • German
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You need the following TOEFL(IBT) score:

  • Minimum required score: 79

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

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

Tuition Fee Per Semester

  • EUR 500 International
  • EUR 500 EU/EEA


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