The master’s degree in biology is divided into a subject-related and a subject-related didactic area. As part of the technical part, students choose two modules from the fields of microbiology, neurobiology, molecular biology and genetics, developmental biology, ecology and evolutionary biology, zoology, botany or human biology to deepen their specialist knowledge.

In three subject-didactic modules, students acquire the skills they need to plan and structure lessons and the ability to communicate in various subjects in various fields of biology. For this purpose, the use of didactic literature, the framework curriculum and the reflected use of methods, media and experiments are conveyed and applied. As part of this module, students complete two seminars on selected topics from biology classes (e.g. learning locations outside of school, competence orientation, subject-specific priorities, sexual education and internal differentiation). The students learn to promote the development of children and adolescents within the framework of the subject of biology in a way that is appropriate for the target group and in a gender-specific manner. To this end, the students are instructed to identify learning potential, Recognize obstacles to learning and learning progress and implement appropriate preventive and support measures. The students learn to implement theories, questions and empirical methods in biological didactic research. You acquire the ability to didactically structure lessons on the basis of the technical requirements as well as taking into account the everyday ideas of the learners.



The teaching master’s course with subject 1 biology is studied with subject 2, the teaching-related subject combination being specified by the previous bachelor’s degree.

The modules in the table below are expanded by modules from the other subject. The educational science modules listed in the table are completed once, regardless of the core subject and the range of modules.

The structure and course of the course are regulated by the course regulations. It contains detailed descriptions of the content and qualification goals of each individual module and an exemplary course plan. The examination regulations define the type and requirements of the examination performances of the modules and the master’s examination. In the regulations, the credit points (CP) for each module or event as well as the workload in hours for the entire course are specified.

The master's thesis can be completed in the specialist science of subject 1 or 2, in educational science or in the subject didactics of subject 1 or 2 and should show that the students are able to work on and present a research task independently using scientific methods. After successfully completing the study program, the university degree Master of Education (M.Ed.) is awarded

Modules of the course

Didactic and scientific modules


Didactics of Biology - Selected Topics


Practical school studies in the subject of biology (practical semester in the 3rd semester)


Didactics of Biology - Development, Evaluation and Research

Two biological specialization modules

Subject areas to choose from: microbiology, neurobiology, molecular biology and genetics, developmental biology, ecology and evolutionary biology, zoology, botany, human biology

Educational modules


Learning support and motivation to learn


Educational diagnostics


Learning research project


To be admitted to the master’s degree in teaching, applicants must demonstrate the following requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree, which is related to this master’s degree, with an integrative study of two subjects and teaching-related professional science (educational science and subject didactics) or an equivalent other university degree.

The teacher training-related subject combination from the previous Bachelor's degree must be retained. The core subject of the bachelor's degree is studied as subject 1, the modules of the bachelor's degree as subject 2.

Proof of German language skills must be provided for applicants who have completed their degree at a foreign university or equivalent institution . This can be done by passing the German language test for university admission (DSH) or by providing evidence of an equivalent level of knowledge in accordance with the regulations for the German language test for university admission of foreign applicants to the Free University of Berlin.


Graduates have in-depth scientific knowledge and advanced professional skills.                    

A successfully completed three-year bachelor's degree, a two-year master's degree and the subsequent preparatory service lead to the office of the study council

In addition to teaching at schools, graduates can find work in various research institutions that deal, for example, with genetic engineering, molecular biology or toxicology. Subsequent employers can also be pharmaceutical companies, food companies, the chemical industry, but also federal and state authorities as well as other organizations that deal with the compliance and enforcement of laws in the area of ??environment and health.

In addition, the other subject can also open up further opportunities with regard to the occupational profile and career opportunities.

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