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... looks into questions such as ...

  • Which are the dynamic processes that underlie the evolution of biological diversity?
  • Can state-of-the art methods be used to verify antiquated concepts of animal, fungi and plant taxonomy, phylogeny and classification?
  • How can biodiversity be effectively recorded on the micro-organism level? Which role do micro-organisms play in the complex ecosystem?
  • How can ecosystem functions and biodiversity be efficiently analysed in an era of climate change and environmental degradation?
  • In what way can we share the generated knowledge with society in a way that appeals to our target group (Citizen Science)?

Degree programmes


Biodiversity, Master 1 subject


Degree: Master of Science
Start: Winter semester
Duration: 4 semesters
Classroom language: German, English

Detailed information for international applicants

What's it all about?

This degree programme is unique, because ...

compared to other Master's degree programmes, the new "MSc Biodiversity" not only excels in terms of outstanding interdisciplinary research opportunities, but it also includes an area of research in the field of micro-organisms (fungi/protists) that is unique in the biodiversity discipline.

It provides the opportunity to specialise in the following fields
  • Biodiversity on all levels
  • Methodological competence (traditional field and lab work as well as state of the art methods)
  • Taxonomy, phylogeny and classification
  • Functional Diversity and Diversity of Natural Systems

Who is suited?

Those who wish to enrol in this degree programme,


  • high motivation and interest levels
  • comprehensive knowledge in bio sciences
  • English-language skills


  • research and practice
  • diverse development opportunities
  • intensive work in small study groups

... struggle through:

  • English-language specialist literature/scientific publications
  • the Ruhr area's traffic jungle
  • technical terminology
This degree programme is suited for graduates in the following subjects
The degree course is open to all qualified B.A. graduates in bio-science disciplines (e.g. biology, landscape ecology, geoecology, environmental science).
Graduates from this degree programme frequently work
  • in research (and industry)
  • in nature and species conservation
  • as biological map makers/service providers
  • in public authorities (with environmental affiliations)
  • NGOs, centres for environmental education etc.

And else?

An internship ...

is mandatory. It is done in the 3rd semester semester.
Duration: 20 weeks

Studying abroad ...

is recommended. It is done in the 3rd semester semester.
Duration: 2-20 weeks

Where do I find help?

Academic advisory office

Prof. Dr. Matthijs Vos
Building, Room: NDEF 05/747
Phone: +49 (0)234 / 32-21627


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