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Master of Science

Master's Degree (M. Sc.) in Biological Sciences of The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of the University of Cologne

The Master of Science in Biological Sciences program is research-oriented and taught in English. The successful completion of the two years program will lead to the award of the Masters of Science (MSc) degree. With the program students will acquire a strong background in basic biological science and in modern biological research practice, which will fit them well for many careers in both academic and applied environments.

Structure of the program
In the first year of the program students choose 4 subject modules on scientific topics of their preference (12 CP each, 15% each of overall grade). In addition, students conduct one elective module (12 CP) whose content is chosen to broaden and enrich the individual study program. The second year of the program is dedicated to research. First 2 project modules (12 CP each) are conducted in research groups of choice. The program is completed by a 6 month research project that will be written up in a Master’s thesis and presented in a Colloquium (36 CP, 40% of overall grade).

Please Note

This degree course scheme is a full time study program. In the first year the program is organized in blocks of full day courses (subject modules) which run from October to February and from April to July and flexible time-blocks for self-study and self-organized modules. The second year is self-organized and full time.

For students who intend to study abroad the Elective and Project Modules are the most suitable, but details need to be arranged with a student adviser.

Scientific topics and specializations as of winter term 2020/2021

  • Computational Biology (C)
  • Development and Regeneration (D)
  • Ecology, Evolution, and Environment (E)
  • Mechanisms of Aging and Aging Associated Diseases (A)
  • Molecular Genetics (G)
  • Molecular Plant and Microbial Sciences (P)
  • Neurobiology: Genes, Circuits, and Behavior (N)

Scientific topics and specializations until summer term 2020

  • Modules will be offered in seven research areas:
  • (B) Biochemistry, Biotechnology and Biophysics
  • (C) Computational Biology
  • (D) Developmental Biology
  • (E) Ecology and Evolution
  • (G) Genetics and Cell Biology
  • (N) Neurobiology
  • (P) Molecular Plant Sciences

A research area may be indicated as specialization in the Masters of Science in Biological Sciences certificate, for students who have conducted at least 4 of 7 modules (including subject, elective, and project modules) as well as the Master’s Thesis in one research area.