Irrespective of the master's program, whether it's MSc Biology or MSc Biodiversity, Evolution, and Ecology, the program structure remains consistent. A total of 120 credit points must be earned. The majority of these credit points can be obtained through a wide variety of courses in the supplementary area.
Towards the end of the studies, there needs to be a second mandatory module completed called the “Research Project” (15 credit points). It can be carried out in any of the research groups at the institute or in various external research facilities. This module can be undertaken in the same group or laboratory where the Master’s thesis will be conducted, but it can also be separate from the thesis.
The current module descriptions will be published soon. However, the modules of the previous study examination regulations can give you a first overview:
>> Modules of the Master’s Program Biology (in German)
>> Modules of the Master’s Programm Biodiversity, Evolution, Ecology (in German)
The standard curriculum plan is of particular significance in Biology. Each module in Biology offers a limited number of places for its courses, which are allocated every semester according to a specific procedure. According to the regulations of the Office of Academic Affairs, these courses must be assigned based on the standard curriculum plan. Those who deviate from the standard curriculum plan may encounter issues, such as difficulties in securing places for lab courses.
Students who are unable to adhere to the standard curriculum plan are encouraged to seek guidance from the counseling service at the Office of Academic Affairs at their earliest convenience.
If you are enrolled in the Master's program “Biodiversity, Evolution, Ecology,” you will graduate with that exact degree title. However, if you are studying in the Master’s program “Biology,” you have the option to choose a specialization based on your interests. Upon successful completion of the program, your certificate will indicate that you hold a Master’s degree (MSc) in Biology with a specialization in one of the following areas:
You need to select modules/courses that are relevant to your desired specialization, totaling at least 15 credit points (which is quite manageable). Additionally, your Research Project (15 credit points, third semester) must be carried out within the scope of your chosen specialization. The same requirement applies to your thesis as well.