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Biodiversität und Naturschutz / Biodiversity and Conservation (Master of Science)

Program: Biodiversität und Naturschutz / Biodiversity and Conservation
Degree: Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Program length: 2 years / 4 semesters (120 ECTS points)
Start: winter and summer semester

The advanced Biodiversität und Naturschutz / Biodiversity and Conservation master's program educates you in anatomically, conservationally, ecologically and systematically aligned sub-fields of Biology. You are taught a broad spectrum of methodology, which includes the computer modeling of complex systems in addition to classical and molecular methods, for describing and analyzing phyla and species, including their ecology and endangerment status.

In the first year, you are taught fundamental knowledge with a discipline-specific and professionally qualifying character. The second year serves to deepen the specialized knowledge that has been acquired, and to incorporate it into the subject matter of the six-month master's thesis, ending with its submission. The program is research-oriented.

Major topics

Education is provided in an active, internationally acknowledged research environment, in which Conservation, Ecology, Mycology, Systematic Zoology, Evolution and Developmental Biology of Animals and Animal Physiology can be chosen as major topics of study.


The Marburg Biodiversität und Naturschutz / Biodiversity and Conservation program grants you well-founded, specialized knowledge in Biology, which is supplemented by the acquisition of professionally related additional competencies. Successful graduates are thereby qualified for a broad range of responsibilities:

research (universities, governmental research institutions, clinics and industry), work in zoos and botanical gardens, in associations and authorities, the creation of appraisals in landscape design, work in international institutions, in non-governmental organizations (NGO), and in conveying knowledge of biological contexts (media). With corresponding alignment, moving toward independent work is also possible. Successful completion of the master's program qualifies you for a doctorate.

  • Admission requirements

    Required university degree

    Subject-relevant bachelor's program in a scientific field or comparable domestic or foreign university program.

    Those who can certify at least 60 credit points (CP) in subjects that are reflected in the range of subjects of the biological basic, expansion and supplementary modules of the Biology Bachelor's program of the Philipps University Marburg can be granted admission.

    Certifications of program-specific knowledge and skills to be submitted prior to admission German skills:
    DSH 2

    Other language skills:
    Certification of skills in the English language according to the "Common European Framework of Reference for Languages of the Council of Europe," Language level B2
    Admission Mode Restricted admission (NC)
  • Who can answer questions?


    Please note that due to the current health situation related to the corona virus, all personal consultation hours are unfortunately cancelled until further notice.


    Technical questions about your application


    Content-related questions about the program

    Dr. Bettina Maier
    Karl-von-Frisch-Str. 8, Room 1089,
    35043 Marburg
    Tel.: +49 6421/28 22075

    Office hours: Mon & Wed, 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM (Central European Time), also Fri 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM (Central European Time) during the pre-lecture period

    Formal questions about your application

    In case of formal questions about the application, please contact Master's Coordination with your application number (if available) at .

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