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  • Duration: 4 semesters
  • Degree Award: Master of Science
  • Language: English
  • admission free
  • Special admission requirements



Looking for a special Master's study program?

Introducing our international Master in Microbiology!

Studying at the ICBM


Microbiology at the University of Oldenburg

Microbiology - Master's Programme

Orientation and Goals

The Master’s programme Microbiology is taught in English language.
Aim of the study programme is the training of qualified scientists in different disciplines and methods of modern microbiology and the fields of application. The study programme is research-oriented. In this programme, students should be trained to acquire new scientific findings together independently and in cooperation with others and to recognize its significance for society and professional practice. The qualification is based on a balanced mix of theory and practice; the specializations contain important components of the necessary knowledge and skills for a successful career in the various fields of modern microbiology.

Study Design and Contents

In the first two semesters, the programme offers parallel core modules (24 credit points), enhanced practically oriented modules (24 credit points) as well as profile enhancing electives (12 credit points). In the third semester, students work on two research projects, which can also be carried out during a stay abroad. The elective is continued. The final master's thesis (30 credit points) demonstrates the capacity to work independently and scientifically on a distinct topic.

Teaching and Learning

Large modules with lectures, seminars, practice sessions, and a large practical component. Some modules are offered in English. Students are integrated into research activities from the beginning on.

Reasons for Studying

This two year programme introduces up to date research and practice in the area of marine and environmental microbiology in English. Studying microbiology at the University of Oldenburg means:
  • close proximity to current marine research programmes,
  • xceptional opportunities for analytics, modelling, and molecular biology,
  • study in a well supervised international group,
  • undertaking small research projects,
  • cooperation with research institutes in the region of Oldenburg, Wilhelmshaven, Bremen, and Groningen,
  • access to doctoral programmes around the world,
  • good opportunities for PhDs in the ICBM and in nearby research institutes.

Foreign Language Skills

German language skills are not required for admission.

In order to study this course at the University of Oldenburg, you need an adequate knowledge of English.

English Language Proficiency see admissions regulations
You can proof your English language proficiency with the following language certificates:
  • Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) Level C1 or
  • if applicants are native speaker
Having completed a degree programme taught in English will not be accepted as sufficient proof of language proficiency by the admission committee.

The proof of language proficiency must be presented for the enrolment. For other proof possiblities see: Language requirements

Careers and Areas of Employment

Microbiologists can use their qualifications to work in fields such as molecular biology, biotechnology, environmental protection, food microbiology, and criminology. Due to expanding research activities, there are PhD positions available in the Institute for Chemistry and Marine Biology (ICBM).

Target Group/Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification in Biology or from prior studies in a closely related, engineering scientifical field (specialist skills see admissiona regulations).
  • English language proficiency at level C1 of Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Proof of language proficiency through one of the following language certificates: TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Advanced Exam
For more details see Foreign language skills on this page.

Application/Admission Procedures

This is an open admissions degree course, and applications are accepted for winter semesters, but for the summer semester only in justified cases.
The application deadline for the winter semester is 30 September.
The application deadline for the summer semester is 31 March.

Please note
For open-admission Master's degree programmes it is strongly recommended to submit their applications as early as possible before 15 July for the winter semester and before 15 January for the summer semester. If the supporting documents are submitted after these dates but before the standard application deadlines, your application can only be processed at the start of the lecture period in the new semester. This may result serious problems (German document).
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