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Biodiversity: Ecology, Evolution and Conservation (M.Sc.)


In this Master’s programme students acquire advanced knowledge and research practice in biodiversity, ecology, evolution, systematics and conservation 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.

Biodiversity: Ecology, Evolution and Conservation (M.Sc.)
Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Double Degree
Standard period of study:
4 semesters
Start of programme:
winter semester only
admission restricted (application with the faculty)
Language of programme:
English and German

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The consecutive study programme comprises six fields of major studies:

  • Plant Ecology, Phytodiversity & Vegetation History;
  • Plant Systematics, Evolution & Phylogeny;
  • Animal Ecology;
  • Animal Systematics, Morphology & Behaviour;
  • Evolution;
  • Nature Conservation Biology

A covering module „Biodiversity“ provides species knowledge of plants and animals for advanced students.

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.

Related and consecutive/graduate programmes


The MSc-programme has a modular structure (120 ECTS points in four semesters), and allows students to develop their individual scientific profile. Studies and research stays abroad are supported, and can be acknowledged in the study programme.

Structure of the MSc-programme and scientific profile

1. - 4. Semester

4. Semester

Master’s thesis

Regulations and module directory


Application deadlines

  • April 1st to May 15th (studies start in October)

Previous studies

  • B.A.-Degree or equivalent
  • at least 150 ETCS at the time of application
  • Eligibility
    • University Bachelor's degree or equivalent in a biologically oriented field of life and environmental sciences, including
      • Achievements in the natural sciences totaling at least 125 credits, including
      • Achievements in the field of biology totaling at least 50 credits.
      • Up to 15 credits can be made up within 2 semesters in individual cases

Language skills

  • Proof of German language skills at a minimum of B2 level (or in the case of proof of German language skills at B1 level, additional compulsory German courses during the course of study, at least 6 C)
  • Proof of English language skills if English is not your native language: (level C1) by internationally recognized test (TOEFL at least 95 points, UNIcert level III, CAE/CEF)


Academic Advising

Dr. Barbara Wick

Centre of Biodiversity and sustainable Land Use, CBL, Section: Biodiversity, Ecology and Nature Conservation

Study Advisory Office Biology
Wilhelm-Weber-Str. 2
37073 Göttingen