The Master’s programme Microbiology is taught in English language. Aim of the study programme is the training of qualified scientists in different disciplines and methods of modern microbiology and the fields of application. The study programme is research-oriented. In this programme, students should be trained to acquire new scientific findings together independently and in cooperation with others and to recognize its significance for society and professional practice. The qualification is based on a balanced mix of theory and practice; the specializations contain important components of the necessary knowledge and skills for a successful career in the various fields of modern microbiology.
In the first two semesters, the programme offers parallel core modules (24 credit points), enhanced practically oriented modules (24 credit points) as well as profile enhancing electives (12 credit points). In the third semester, students work on two research projects, which can also be carried out during a stay abroad. The elective is continued. The final master's thesis (30 credit points) demonstrates the capacity to work independently and scientifically on a distinct topic.
Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification in Biology or from prior studies in a closely related, engineering scientifical field (specialist skills see admissiona regulations).
English language proficiency at level C1 of Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Proof of language proficiency through one of the following language certificates: TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Advanced Exam
This is an open admissions degree course, and applications are accepted for winter semesters. The application deadline for the winter semester is 30 September. The application deadline for the summer semester is only in reasonable cases possible until 31 March.
Please note For open-admission Master's degree programmes it is strongly recommended to submit their applications as early as possible before 15 July for the winter semester and before 15 January for the summer semester. If the supporting documents are submitted after these dates but before the standard application deadlines, your application can only be processed at the start of the lecture period in the new semester. This may result serious problems (German document). .
Microbiologists can use their qualifications to work in fields such as molecular biology, biotechnology, environmental protection, food microbiology, and criminology. Due to expanding research activities, there are PhD positions available in the Institute for Chemistry and Marine Biology (ICBM).