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Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Master's programme

Course outline, qualifications and competences

The master's programme Ecology and Evolutionary Biology builds on the broad range of knowledge acquired in the bachelor's programme and aims to convey expertise for an evolutionary and ecological specialisation. It provides an enhanced vocational basis in zoology, theoretical ecology, nature conservation planning, outdoor ecology, molecular ecology, evolutionary biology, biodiversity research, molecular evolutionary biology and biostatistics. Topics taught in the programme include biodiversity (plants, animals and fungi), varied habitats (e.g. rain forests, coniferous and deciduous forests, savannah and grassland, alpine and polar habitats), changed environmental conditions (cold, heat, pressure and lack of food, etc.) and their impact on the behaviour and metabolism of various different species now and in the course of evolutionary history, including legal basics of nature and species conservation. Students acquire key practical abilities for their future careers with the aid of statistical evaluation methods and laboratory and field work during the programme. Besides that, students are given the opportunity of individualising their qualification profile by focussing either on ecology or on evolution. The programme aims to qualify students for work in science and research as well as in applied areas.

Expected results

Graduates of the master's programme will have acquired expertise in the field of ecology and evolutionary biology. They will be able to understand, analyse and appraise biological systems and their interactions with the environment on various different (molecular, organismic and ecosystemic) levels.


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University degree
Master of Science „MSc“
4 semesters / 120 ECTS-CP
(CP = credit points)
Teaching language
Index number
UB 066 833
Faculty of Natural Science
type of study programme
Qualification level
Master (2nd study cycle)
Appropriate bachelor’s degree or equivalent


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