Application and admissions requirements

The study course is admission free.

Preferred application dates: winter term: July 15th (End of October at the latest), summer term: January 15th (End of March at the latest)

Language proficiency: English (level B2) and German (DSH Level 2 or equivalent). Refer to admissions regulations for details.


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Fachstudienberatung Biology (Master)

Bifak. Academic Commission Faculty V & VI

Bifak. Stuko und Studiengremium LÖK

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Fachschaft Biologie

Master of Science Biology

Master of Science Biology

The Institute for Biology and Environmental Sciences (IBU) at the University of Oldenburg offers a Masters of Science in Biology (previously M.Sc. Biologie). The dual language program (German and English) will be primarily taught in English since the 2019/20 Winter semester.

Specialization profiles

  • From genes to ecosystems: Marine, aquatic and terrestrial biodiversity, ecology and evolution (BEE)
  • From genes to behaviour: Sensory systems, ornithology, migration and navigation

This research oriented program aims to provide an in-depth education in areas relevant to modern biology and other applicable fields, as well as developing necessary methods and techniques. The program equips graduates to work independently in many contexts, including industry, economy, research, and other private or government institutions. The program further prepares students to pursue a PhD after successful program completion.   

A broad range of modules with a focus on biodiversity, ecology and evolution, behavioural biology, neurobiology, and molecular cell biology/genetics are oriented at various career trajectories and can be combined to create a professional specialisation profile. Thirty credit points can be chosen from other programs (Elective Studies*) offered by the University of Oldenburg or other cooperating universities and institutions within Germany and abroad.


  • Flexible: Individual study plans, no mandatory courses, wide range of biology modules, optional choice of courses from related M.Sc. Programs (e. g. Landscape Ecology, Marine Environmental Sciences, Neuroscience or Molecular Biomedicine)
  • Intensive: Block courses focus on one topic at a time
  • Hands-on: Almost all courses include lab time or field trips/work
  • Science-oriented: Individual student projects in research groups
  • Personal: Small groups, close contact to teachers and scientists
  • International: Most courses in English; optional semester abroad
  • Future perspectives in Oldenburg: Graduate school, collaborative research projects


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