European Master of Comparative Vertebrate Morphology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #351 (WUR) ,
Five different European universities have joined efforts in an international, collaborative Master of Science: European Master of Comparative Vertebrate Morphology (EUCOMOR).


This Master’s degree answers to the need of the international biomedical environment for an expert who can innovatively contribute to animal research, the development of alternatives and imaging techniques and provide scientific arguments for e.g. revised legislation or position papers regarding the use of animals and animals for research purposes.

The rationale behind the EUCOMOR programme is the increase that is seen in the use of non-invasive and molecular imaging techniques, molecular biology, in vitro assays and the steady state in the use of laboratory animals.

This Master programme results in a graduate who is able to analyse and answer scientific questions related to the scientific domain of comparative morphology in an efficient and independent manner using the appropriate techniques. As a result the graduate can fulfil an advisory, scientific and teaching role within animal morphology and biomedical research.
To this purpose, the programme runs over a two-year period (120 ECTS credits) and is taught in English. Each year is divided in two semesters of 30 ECTS credits each. In a semester the courses are offered in a package (cluster). Students cannot make combinations between courses from different clusters. The programme comprises 60 ECTS credits compulsory courses, 30 ECTS credits elective courses focusing on imaging techniques or in vitro assays, and 30 ECTS credits for the Master thesis.

The student needs to engage himself in student mobility and spend at least 2 semesters in different partner institutes. This trains his collaborative, multicultural and linguistic skills.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Basic biology & cell biology
  • Basic vertebrate anatomy
  • Basic vertebrate histology
  • Basic vertebrate embryology
  • Scientific methodology
  • Laboratory animal morphology
  • Comparative neuroanatomy
  • Functional and ecological morphology
  • Morphology of non-human primates
  • Morphology of lower vertebrates

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    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

  • Admitted are Bachelors of Science in the Life Sciences, e.g Biomedical Sciences, Biology, Bioengineering, Zoology, Veterinary Medicine, etc. A minimum of 180 ECTS or credits corresponding to a minimum of 3 years of Bachelor of Science study are required:
  • all non-native speakers are required to submit an English proficiency test result or proof that English was their language of instruction. CEFR level B2 or IELTS (academic version) overall band score of at least 6.5 or a TOEFL score of at least 87 (internet based) are considered sufficient.
  • Starting from the files that prospective students submit, a ranking and possible selection will be made based on the criteria set out below.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Gießen

  • 630 - 1000 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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