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The students acquire knowledge and proficiency in the areas of botanical and zoological ecology and systematics, always in touch with science and research. They can also choose from a variety of complemental and/or optional modules to acquire additional qualifications in areas that are relevant for scientific or applied work in the field of biological ecology and systematics.
The subject in Göttingen: fields, main areas of research Plant ecology, plant systematics, animal ecology, animal systematics, and the comprehensive module "Biodiversity" with special courses in ecology and taxonomy, and excursions
Language skills to be achieved during the programme Students should have studied English at school for at least five years. Qualification for admission to the optional module "Scientific English" is the successful completion of the course "Scientific English I" or its equivalent.
The programme is organised in a modular way with accompanying examinations.
First part (1st and 2nd semester) with 60 ECTS credits:
One of the four main areas of study (Plant Ecology, Plant Systematics, Animal Ecology or Animal Systematics) as well as the comprehensive module "Biodiversity"; furthermore, completion of two complemental and three optional modules which serve to complement or broaden the knowledge of the main area of study selected.
Second part (3rd and 4th semester) with 60 ECTS credits:
Module "Integration of the knowledge and skills gained from main and complemental modules" (examination module concerning the main and complemental modules); module "subject-related research methods" (to prepare theoretically and methodologically for the Master's thesis); Master's thesis (6 months)
Plant ecology, plant systematics, animal ecology, animal systematics, complemented and broadened by a variety of complemental and optional modules
Professions Scientific work in research institutes, companies or the administration (e.g. higher service in conservation or environmental agencies, the media, museums or collections of biology or natural history, botanical or zoological gardens, national or international organisations of nature conservation, agronomy or forestry, development cooperation), as well as further scientific training within the frame of doctoral studies programmes.
TestDaF: at least 18 points or equivalent
At least six semesters of study at a university with an academic qualification in the field of biodiversity, ecology, evolution or systematics or in the field of life and environmental sciences or related disciplines
Basic knowledge of biology and natural sciences is required.
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