M.Sc. Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • Free (Non-EEA)
  • German
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen | Göttingen, Germany
Program in biodiversity and ecology with high-level international acclaim. Biodiversity represents an obligatory umbrella module for all MSc students.

Description of Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution

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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

Application deadline May 15th
Tuition fee
  • Free (Non-EEA)
  • Free (EEA)

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

Start date October  2015
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Languages
  • German
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

Requirements for Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution

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

Work Experience for Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution

No work experience is required.

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Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany

Germany Founded in 1737, the University of Göttingen is a research university of high international standing. The university is renowned not only for its remarkably diverse range of subjects, but also for its research-led teaching and outstanding scientific environment, in which more than 40 Nobel laureates have lived, studied, taught and pursued their research. In 2014, the University of Göttingen won the StudyPortals Award for Outstanding International Student Satisfaction.