Biology - Master of Science (MSc)
The English-taught Master’s programme in Biology at Ulm University provides a high-quality education in Biology combined with in-depth knowledge in one medical and one none-medical minor subject.
Master of Science (MSc)Type of study
- next winter semester: 01.10.2017
- no restriction
120Standard period of study (semester)
More about the course
After the first semester you can choose your specialisation from 'Molecular Biosciences', 'Neurobiology' and 'Biodiversity/Ecology' as well as modules from either a medical area (Biochemistry, Pharmacology/Toxicology, Virology, Human Genetics, Medical Neurosciences), Biophysics or one of the other specialisations of Biology. You will also acquire specific knowledge in one of the non-Biology subjects Computer Science, Psychology, Economics, Mathematics, Chemistry or Philosophy.
Strong in research, attractive course offers, growing internationality! Since its foundation in 1967, the youngest University in Baden-Württemberg has had a remarkable development. The current approximate 10,000 students are spread across four Faculties, Medicine, Engineering, Computer Sciences and Psychology, Mathematics and Economics as well as Natural Sciences. Today, more than four decades after its foundation, the University is still conveniently sized yet alive and known for its strong research profile and high teaching standards.
Students at Ulm University are guaranteed a laboratory place during their introductory laboratory courses. This ensures that they can graduate within the standard period of study.
Working and living in Ulm
Idyllically located between the two economic hubs Stuttgart and Munich, Ulm continues to gain importance. Nationwide surveys confirm its high quality of life. As Germany's first Science City, Ulm and its powerful combination of University, University of Applied Sciences, Daimler-Benz Research Centre and Science Parks I and II offers a plethora of opportunities. At the same time, the city has an abundance of green spaces, for example the Zoological Garden in the middle of a recreation park, equipped with aquarium and tropical house as well as many beautiful spots for sports and leisure activities or simply relaxing.
Numerous theme parties keep Ulm University alive and social at night and provide chances to mingle with students from other courses.
Teaching modules (Bachelor's and Master's) offer a great variety of excursions to places in Germany and abroad so you can enhance and deepen your newly acquired knowledge. The following modules currently have excursions incorporated: Marine Ecology, Ecology of the Mediterranean Area, Neusiedler Lake, Tropical Ecology in Costa Rica, Summer School Soil & Water, Berchtesgaden, Wetland Ecology.
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The study programme Biology has admission restrictions. You can find further information here under 'General' or under 'Biology' for information specific to the master’s programme Biology.
Study objectives and contents
Unique features of the study course
In the master course Biology you aim to receive a solid education in one area of biology in combination with in-depth education in one medical and one further minor subject which is not biology. After completion of the first semester, you choose your special subject from "Molecular Biosciences", "Neurobiology" and "Biodiversity/Ecology". Moreover, you elect some modules from one field of medicine (biochemistry, pharmacology/toxicology, virology, human genetics, medical neuroscience) or biophysics or any of the other special subjects offered by biology and acquire specific knowledge in one subject which is not from biology, i.e. computer science, economics, mathematics, chemistry, philosophy or 'thinking about science'.
Major subject: all courses in Biology are taught in English
Medical subject: only virology and medical neuroscience are taught in English
Minor non biological subject: only 'thinking about science' is taught in English
International students additionally have to take two German classes.
Graduates of the master course Biology ...
- are able to elaborate on scientific questions from the field of biology on the basis of known technologies and document their results (in writing and oral presentation) in accordance with the Guidelines of Research Integrity and Good Scientific Practice.
- are able to present research projects in the scientific context and to discuss their methods and approaches in the broader scientific community.
- have learned common methods of literature research, data administration and data processing.
- have acquired soft skills like team-work, intercultural capacities and adequate time-management.
Here you can find the study plan containing major and minor modules. At Ulm University you can choose between three major topics: "Molecular Bioscience", "Neurobiology" or "Biodiversity/Ecology". The medical minor topics (biochemistry, pharmacology/toxicology, virology, human genetics or medical neuroscience) are only offered in German language with the exception of Virology. However you can also chose from one of the other major topics in biology as your minor. As your non-biological minor topic we recommend "Thinking about Science" and German classes. If you are already fluent in German you can also choose between computer science, psychology, economics, mathematics, chemistry or philosophy. All these courses are only offered in German language.
Here you can have a closer look at which modules are offered in the Biology Master Program at Ulm University.
Institutes involved in the Biology Master Program belong to Bioscience. Here you can inform yourself about current publications and ongoing research.
The world is coming together - that is also and particularly true for science. International experience is an increasingly important asset to successfully compete in the job market. Students at Ulm University can apply for one or two semesters abroad with numerous universities - both in Europe as part of the ERASMUS+ programme and at universities outside of Europe. Financial support for internships abroad is also available. Another option to spend some time overseas and immerse yourself in another culture is your final thesis.
The International Office provides further information on all of the above.
The programmes offered are mainly aiming for German students and therefore not all information is available in English.
Abschlussarbeit im Ausland
Information for students
Current information about examinations, study plans and other topics relevant for matriculated students can be found on the web page of the Department of Biology.
For graduates of the master course Biology, important occupational fields are e.g.
- the pharmaceutical and biomedical industry,
- agricultural und food industry,
- as well as the field of bioinformatics, laboratory equipment and supplies,
- and nature protection.
Positions are offered as well in further fields, e.g.
- quality control / management in food industry,
- waters pollution control
- and handling of pollutants.
The master degree provides you competences for independent decisions and actions, which are required to fill positions in the above-mentioned fields. In addition, the master degree gives you the opportunity for doctoral studies after which you find occupational fields
- in the industry,
- in universities,
- in research institutes,
- in administration,
- as well as a freelancer.
In the seminar "Perspektiven in den Biowissenschaften" Ulm's alumni talk about their careers (unsually German language only).
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