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Biodiversity, Evolution, Ecology

- Master´s programs

Department of Biology, Chemistry, and Pharmacy
Institute of Biology
Prof. Dr. Mathias Rillig
Altensteinstr. 6
14195 Berlin

In order to be admitted to the Master's program, applicants must prove that they meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent foreign university degree in biology, in geosciences, horticulture, forestry, agricultural sciences, bioinformatics, veterinary medicine, or another natural science degree with proof of modules comprising at least 15 credit points from the field of biodiversity sciences, in particular from the areas of systematics, evolution, ecology, in a quantitative and qualitative scope comparable to the Bachelor's degree program in biology of the Department of Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy of Freie Universität Berlin
  • Language certificate in English (level B2 CEFR) for applicants whose native language is not English and who have not obtained their university degree at an educational institution where English is the language of instruction.

The program is admission restricted.

Applicants who have obtained their degree at a foreign university or equivalent institution must provide proof of German language skills. This can be done by passing the German Language Test for University Admission (DSH) or by proving an equivalent level of knowledge according to the Regulations for the German Language Test for University Admission of Foreign Applicants at Freie Universität Berlin.

Students do not pay any tuition fees, the university only charges semester fees and contributions each semester.

The master’s degree program in Biodiversity, Evolution and Ecology is a bilingual program (German/English) that fosters advanced knowledge of the subject and methodology among students and enables them to embark on careers in research and practice in the fields of biodiversity and ecological research. The program teaches students professional methods of collecting, evaluating, and interpreting data on evolution, ecology, and biodiversity. The goal of the program is to provide students with a thorough understanding of complex ecological and evolutionary processes. Alongside theoretical fundamentals, students are introduced to the methods used in modern and traditional research in the fields of biodiversity, ecology, and evolutionary biology. By including curatorial elements at institutions that maintain collections and large-scale research institutions, the program offers students a way to earn particularly high qualifications.

Application and Registration Period
Only for 1st semester: April 15 - May 31 (for winter semester), only for higher semesters: July 1 - August 15 (for winter semester) and January 1 - February 15 (for summer semester)
Program Start
Winter semester
English, German
Master of Science (M.Sc.)
4 semesters