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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:

  • first qualifying German university degree or equivalent foreign degree in biology, Geosciences, Horticulture, Forest Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, Bioinformatics, Veterinary Medicine or another natural science university degree with proof of modules with a total of at least 30 credit points from the field of Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution 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. Of these, at least 10 credit points should be practical experience in laboratory and/or field work
  • Language certificate in English (level C1 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.
  • Proof of German language skills (level A1 CEFR) for applicants who obtained their degree at a foreign university or equivalent institution or in a non-German-speaking degree program

Further information on admission requirements is available in the admission regulations for the master's program Biodiversity, Evolution, Ecology (pdf file, in German only).

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

The Master's program in Biodiversity, Evolution and Ecology is an English-language program (English) that provides students with in-depth subject and methodological knowledge and enables them to pursue research- and practice-related careers in the field of biodiversity and ecological research. The master's program teaches students how to collect, evaluate, and interpret data on evolution, ecology, and biodiversity in a professional manner. The goal of the program is to provide students with a sound understanding of complex ecological and evolutionary processes. In addition to theoretical basics, students are introduced to the methods of modern and classical research in the fields of biodiversity, ecology, and evolutionary biology. By incorporating curatorial elements at collection institutions or large-scale research facilities, the program offers a special qualification opportunity.

1st Semester Admissions
Restricted admission
Admission for Higher Semesters
Unrestricted admission (for 3rd semester for winter semester, for 2nd and 4th semester for summer semester)
Program Start
Winter semester
English, German
Master of Science (M.Sc.)
4 semesters
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