M.Sc. Biology / M.Sc. Biologie

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Fachschaft Biologie


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)

bio703 Basic Concepts in Plant Sciences Zotz, Albach, von Hagen 12 CP
bio655 Ornithology in theoretical Concepts Liedvogel, Bouwhuis, Köppl, Langemann, Mouritsen, Schmaljohann, Feenders 12 CP
bio733 Evolutionary Population Genetics Gerlach, Albach, Khan 6 CP
bio736 Evolutionary Transcriptomics Nolte, Dennenmoser 6 CP
bio845 Development & Evolution Sienknecht, Claußen 6 CP
bio846 Lab Exercises in Development & Evolution Sienknecht, Claußen, Ebbers 6 CP
bio605 Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology Neidhardt, Koch 12 CP
bio765 Current Methods in Plant Sciences - Ecology, Phylogeny and Molecular Biology Albach, Zotz, Will, Khan, von Hagen 12 CP
bio720 Marine Biodiversity Martinez Arbizu 15 CP
bio695 Biochem. Conc. in Signal Transduct. Koch, Scholten 12 CP
neu210 Neurosensory Science & Behaviour Langemann, Mouritsen 9 CP
neu220 Neurocognition & Psychopharmacology Thiel, Gießing 6 CP
bio675 Molecular Ecology Nolte, Gerlach 12 CP
neu141 Visual Neuroscience: Physiology & Anatomy Greschner, Dedek, Janssen-Bienhold, Puller 12 CP
neu150 Visual Neuroscience: Anatomy Janssen-Bienhold, Puller 6 CP
bio663 Ornithology in Practice Liedvogel, Bouwhuis, Langemann, Vedder, Moiron, Schmaljohann 12 CP
bio773 Sequence based Biomonitoring Nolte, Dennenmoser, Martinez, Albach 12 CP
neu360 Auditory Neuroscience Köppl 6 CP
neu340 Invertebrate Neuroscience Kretzberg 6 CP
psy270 Functional MRI Data Analysis Gießing, Thiel 9 CP
neu310 Psychophysics of Hearing Beutelmann 12 CP
bio860 Comparative Developmental Biology Sienknecht 6 CP
bio770 Field Methods in Organismal Biology Zotz, Gerlach, Albach, Nolte, Mouritsen, von Hagen 15 CP
bio780 Biodiversity of Littoral Communities Martinez-Arbizu 15 CP

Skills Modules

bio870 Communicating Biology Zotz, Laubinger, Albach 6 CP
bio880 Plant Diversity Albach, von Hagen, Janzen 6 CP
bio777 Objekte in wissenschaftl. Sammlungen: Konserv., Management & Forschungsfragen  Will, Ellwanger, Krämer 6 CP
neu790 Communicating Neuroscience Kretzberg, Köppl 3 CP
bio890 Current Topics in Biology* Gerlach, teaching staff 3 CP
neu730 Biosciences in the Public Eye and in our Laws Köppl, Sienknecht 6 CP
neu751 Laboratory Animal Science Köppl, Langemann 3 CP
neu760 Scientific English Manley, Köppl 6 CP
neu780 Introduction Data Analysis with Python Winklhofer 6 CP
neu800 Introduction to Matlab Gießing 3 CP
bio783 Object-based research projects in biological collections Will, Albach 6 CP
neu810 International Meeting Contribution Kretzberg, Köppl 3 CP
neu820 Neuroscience Journal Club Mertsch 3 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)

bio810 External Research Project Zotz, teaching staff 15 CP
bio900 Biology Research Module Zotz, teaching staff 15 CP
mam Master Thesis Module teaching staff 30 CP

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. bio900 is mandatory in combination with external master thesis.

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 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.

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