M.Sc. Biology / M.Sc. Biologie

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Programme Structure and Module Types

The four semester Biology / Biologie master programme no longer has mandatory courses. Each student creates an individual study plan from the modules offered in the program. In order to further support individual interests, inclinations, career aspirations, and profile development, students are able to choose 30 of the 120 total credit points (CP) in the degree programme from other universities within Germany and abroad Elective Studies*. The course of studies concludes with the Master Thesis Module (30 CP).

Students can begin the programme in either the Summer or Winter semester. However, due to the broad range of Background Modules offered in the programme, beginning the course in the Winter semester is recommended.

The elective curriculum in the M.Sc. Biology programme combines three module types with different objectives.

Background Modules (min. 24 CP)

Background Modules convey general knowledge on biological topics. Modules take place in 3-7 week blocks (between 6 and 15 CP) and usually consist of a lecture, seminar, and internship with 8-20 participating students.

Skills Modules

Skills Modules (6 or 3 CP) serve to support the development of practical skills and take place in courses with up to 24 students. Topics include various biological working techniques, academic English, and bioethics.

Research Modules (min. 15 CP) und Master Thesis Module (30 CP)

Research Modules consist of individual research projects which, depending on students’ choice of supervisor, take place in either a working group at the University of Oldenburg or in an external research organization. During the research project, students work with a specific research question for 6-7 weeks (15 CP). The individual nature of this module allows students to practice independent academic work, including experimental techniques, working with academic literature, and presenting results. This module prepares students to begin the Master Thesis Module (30 CP) at the conclusion of their studies which includes a substantial research project and a colloquium. 

Modules of the Biology Master's Degree Programme

For an overview of courses offered in the Summer and Winter semesters, see the study schedule .

Below you find detailed information on the contents and methods of instruction in individual modules. Module descriptions can be viewed by clicking the module title in the following tables of modules. Completed module handbooks for direct download are available here.

Information on the schedule and meetings for courses in the current or previous semesters can be found via the online course catalogue by clicking the module titles.

Background Modules (min. 24 CP)

bio703Basic Concepts in Plant SciencesAlbach, Zotz, Laubinger, von Hagen12 CP
bio655OrnithologieBairlein, Klump, Bouwhuis, Köppl, Langemann, Mouritsen, Schmaljohann12 CP
bio733Evolutionary Population GeneticsGerlach, Albach6 CP
bio736Evolutionary TranscriptomicsNolte, Laubinger6 CP
bio845Development & EvolutionSienknecht, Nothwang, Köppl6 CP
bio846Lab Exercises in Development & EvolutionSienknecht, Nothwang, Köppl6 CP
bio605Molecular Genetics & Cell BiologyNeidhardt, Koch, Thedieck12 CP
bio765Current Methods in Plant Sciences  - Ecology, Phylogeny und Molecular BiologyLaubinger, Albach, Zotz12 CP
bio720Marine BiodiversitätMartinez Arbizu, Glatzel15 CP
bio695Biochem. Conc. in Signal Transduct.Koch, Scholten12 CP
neu210Neurosensory Science & BehaviourKlump, Hildebrandt, Langemann, Mouritsen9 CP
neu220Neurocognition & PsychopharmacologyThiel, Giessing6 CP
bio675Molecular EcologyNolte, Gerlach12 CP
neu141Visual Neuroscience: Physiology & AnatomyGreschner, Dedek, Janssen-Bienhold, Puller12 CP
neu150Visual Neuroscience: AnatomyJanssen-Bienhold, Puller6 CP
neu290Biophysics of sensory receptionWinklhofer6 CP
neu360Auditory NeuroscienceKöppl, Klump6 CP
neu340Invertebrate NeuroscienceKretzberg6 CP
neu300Functional MRI Data AnalysisGießing, Thiel12 CP
neu310Psychophysics of HearingKlump, Langemann12 CP
bio860Comparative Developmental BiologySienknecht, NN12 CP
bio770Field Methods in Organismal BiologyZotz, Gerlach, Albach, Glatzel, von Hagen, Mouritsen15 CP
bio780Biodiversität litoraler LebensgemeinschaftenGlatzel, Martinez-Arbizu15 CP

Skills Modules

bio870Commuicating BiologyZotz, Laubinger, Albach6 CP
bio880Plant DiversityAlbach, von Hagen, Janzen6 CP
neu770Basics of Statistical Data AnalysisSobotka6 CP
bio890Current Topics in Biology*Gerlach, teaching staff3 CP
neu790Communicating NeuroscienceKretzberg, Köppl, Hildebrandt3 CP
neu720Statistical Programming in RSobotka6 CP
neu730Biowiss. i. d. gesellschaftl. DebatteKöppl, Sienknecht6 CP
neu740Molecular Mechanisms of AgeingThedieck6 CP
neu751Laboratory Animal ScienceKöppl, Klump, Langemann, Nolte3 CP
neu760Scientific EnglishHildebrandt6 CP
neu780Introduction Data Analysis with PythonWinklhofer6 CP
neu800Introduction to MatlabGießing3 CP
neu810International Meeting ContributionKretzberg3 CP

Elective Studies (max. 30 CP)

Further elective courses provide the opportunity to complete courses from other programs  at the University of Oldenburg, such as those listed above.

It is possible to complete courses offered by the cooperating universities of Bremen and Groningen (Master of Medicine) or other universities in Germany or abroad.  M.Sc. Biology students can complete courses offered at European universities in the ERASMUS+ partnership in Denmark, Finland, Italy, Norway, and Spain (contact person: Thomas Glatzel). Additionally, courses can be completed outside of Europe at James Cook University in Australia. Agreements with partner universities make studying abroad easy and feasible. For more information on studying abroad, contact the International Office. Modules outside of the M.Sc. Biology/ M.Sc. Biologie program should be logically connected to other courses in the study program and must be preapproved by the board of examiners.

Research Modules (min. 15 CP) und Master Thesis Module (30 CP)

bio810External Research ProjectZotz, teaching staff15 KP
bio900Biology Research ModuleZotz, teaching staff15 KP
mamMaster Thesis Moduleteaching staff30 KP

Students in the M.Sc Biology / Biologie program must complete at least 15 CP of Research Modules, i.e. students must complete either bio900 or bio810. Both modules can be completed several times with a different focus. The study program concludes with a Master Thesis Module (30 CP). The same examiner can evaluate no more than 45 CP in the individual Research Modules and Master Thesis Module.

The project topics in the Research and Master Thesis modules are chosen individually. Research areas are determined by  the working groups involved in teaching the program. An overview of the working groups in the biological sciences can be found on the institute’s website under https://uol.de/ibu/.  An initial orientation into concrete research topics is provided in the module bio900.

External research projects (at other universities or research institutes within Germany and abroad) are possible in the module bio810. The master thesis can be supervised, completed and evaluated at an external institution with the approval of the board of examiners.

(Changed: 2021-04-30)