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MSc Evolution, Ecology and Systematics

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

2 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee


Application fee

International 0 DEM
National 0 DEM
Faculty of Biology
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)81

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About this course

The Evolution, Ecology and Systematics (EESlmu) Master is a program for German and international students with a background in biology or a related subject. It provides students with a broad biology background and trains them to become critically thinking scientists. During the program, they become familiar with the many techniques and approaches that are used in evolution, ecology, and systematics research. These include micro-array techniques, field experiments, the use of natural history collections, mathematical modelling, and modern genetic methods. In addition to extensive research experience to prepare them for a PhD program, students will also gain valuable technical and communication skills to prepare them for a job outside of academia. The program also offers significant support elements such as a mentoring program, integrated skills courses, and individual research training.

Tuition fees

There are no tuition fees for this course. There is, however, a semester fee of 117 € for each student comprising a student services contribution (52 €) and a basic fee for public transportation (65 €).

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Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must hold a bachelor (or equivalent) degree in a natural science discipline and must provide proof of very good English proficiency. The program website offers details about admission requirements and the application process.

Evidence of sufficient knowledge of English

  • proven either by an university degree at an English-language institution of higher education
  • by a TOEFL total score of at least 80 points (iBT), or an academic IELTS overall band score of 6.5 points. (screenshot or scan of the test result is sufficient!)
  • No other proofs of sufficient command of English can be accepted.
  • If you are not able to provide your TOEFL/IELTS score at the time of application you may upload an informal petition instead on our online-tool which says that you are going to hand in your result after the application deadline via email. (There is no real deadline to hand it in later but we recommend to provide it until end of September).

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Course Modules

Required Courses

  • Evolutionary Ecology
  • Evolutionary Genetics
  • Systematic Data and Evidence
  • Individual Research Training (IRT)
  • Skills courses
  • Seminar and Discussion (S&D)
  • EES Excursion
  • Statistics

Elective courses
From the second semester onwards, students can take 15 ECTS per semester in elective courses. You can download an up-to-date PDF list of electives for the current semester or check the university's online course list

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How to Apply

Application procedure - 1st step
The first step of the application process is the online registration: In order to apply to the program, you have to create an account first. Here you enter your name and address. You will receive an instant email of confirmation with an activation link. You must activate your registration through this link. Only then you will be considered a registered user and your details will be saved throughout your application.

The application for 2016 is closed. Next application periode will be 2017. The deadline for non-eurpean students passed January 31st. The deadline for eurpean students passed May 31st.

 required documents:

  • a CV in English
  • a current transcript of records, including an explanation of the grading system
  • a copy of your Bachelor's degree - if you do not have this, you should include a transcript which shows that you can finish your Bachelor's degree before October 1st of any given year

an essay (in English) written in your own words (750 - 1000 words):
Our three core subjects are Evolution, Ecology and Systematics.
Please select one of these subjects and describe your motivation for wanting to study it, and how your background will enable you to successfully complete the program.

This essay is the important part of your application. We recommend that you invest considerable time and effort into it. Please make sure that you cite all material used and do not plagiarise.

This means:

1. You must indicate all references of literature (printed or online) that you have used.

2. You must formulate your text by yourself. Rearranging formulations of others is insufficient. If you use a phrase from another text, you must mark this as a citation. 

proof of sufficient knowledge of English (i.e. TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English or adequate substitutions e.g. through your German "Abitur" results)
If you are a native English speaker or have been educated in English or completed your Bachelor's degree in the UK, Ireland, the US, Canada, Australia or New Zealand, you are exempted from this.

These documents are evaluated by the admissions committee, who determine which applicants are qualified for the second step of the application process - the interview.

Application procedure - 2nd step
In the second step of the application process, applicants will be interviewed by at least two members of the admissions committee, either in person or via Skype. He/she will be asked to give a 5 minute presentation on a topic of his/her choice, which is followed by specific questions on the talk. There will then be time to ask the applicant more general questions and the interview will conclude with questions posed by the applicant to the committee.

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