Degree programme: Master of Science in Biology

In Kiel we offer the following elective disciplines in the Master’s degree programme:

  • Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecology
  • Biodiversity & Evolution
  • Molecular Physiology & Developmental Biology
  • Genetics & Microbiology
  • Cell Biology

 

We suggest you choose the elective honours degree if you wish to develop your individual priorities in a current area of biology. At the outset of your studies, you gain a general insight into biology by partaking in two core modules dealing with research contents and research methods, then you choose all further biology modules from your favoured elective discipline.

elective honours degree In order to enhance your job prospects, you also broaden your knowledge within an elective minor subject according to your personal interests and affinities. In the Teaching and Learning module you acquire the skills that will allow you to interpret and assess scientific facts and to convey extensive contents.

 

For the elective honours degree you require a total of 60 credit points. In all cases, you can choose two of the five elective disciplines: A major elective discipline and a minor elective one. In the modules from your major subject you have to achieve at least 45 credit points, whereas for your minor elective you require 15 credit points. Other combinations, such as 50 to 10 credit points in major and minor electives or even 55 to 5 credit points, are also permitted.

 

 
…and an interdisciplinary Master’s Programmen two elective disciplines if you prefer a broader education that opens your way for different areas of study. In this case, you can focus on two of the above-named elective disciplines and select courses in equal parts from the modules of your favoured elective disciplines.

In addition to your core specialization in biology, you can choose a variety of optional modules from subjects close to Biology, such as Medicine or Biochemistry. In order to enhance your job prospects, you also broaden your knowledge within an elective minor subject according to your personal interests and affinities. In the Teaching and Learning module you acquire skills that will allow you to present scientific facts and to illustrate complex ideas.

Just as is the case in the elective Master’s, you also have to acquire a total of 60 credit points in the interdisciplinary Master’s. Here, however, they are distributed in equal parts according to your elective disciplines, this means that you are only allowed to achieve a maximum of 40 credit points in one of your major subjects. However, a distribution of 40 to 20 credit points is still possible, or even a 35 to 25, 30 to 30 credit points from both electives.

interdisciplinary Master