The master's degree in Biodiversity, Evolution and Ecology / Biodiversity, Evolution and Ecology is a bilingual course (German and English) that provides students with in-depth technical and methodological knowledge and enables them to work in research and practice-related professional fields in the field of biodiversity and ecological Occupy Research. The master’s program teaches students how to professionally collect, evaluate and interpret data on evolution, ecology and biodiversity.

The aim of the course is to provide students with a sound understanding of complex ecological and evolutionary processes.

In addition to the theoretical basics, the students are introduced to the methods of modern and classical research in the fields of biodiversity, ecology and evolutionary biology. By including curatorial elements at collection institutions or large research institutions, the course offers a special qualification opportunity.




A total of 120 credit points (CP) must be proven in the master’s degree in biodiversity, evolution and ecology. These are made up of the following areas:

1. Introductory area (15 CP)

2. Extension area (50-60 CP)

3. Project area (15-25 CP) and

4. Master's thesis with accompanying colloquium.

The structure and process 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 extension module area is an optional area covering a large number of modules and variants of these modules. These modules are offered irregularly. You can find more information about the module variants on the following homepage . 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 should show that the students are able to independently work on and present a research task using scientific methods. After successfully completing the study program, the university degree Master of Science (M.Sc.) is awarded.




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

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent foreign university degree in biology, geosciences, horticulture, forestry, agricultural sciences, bioinformatics, veterinary medicine or another scientific university degree with evidence of modules totaling at least 15 credit points from the field of biodiversity sciences, in particular from the areas of systematics, evolution, Ecology, in a quantitative and qualitative scope comparable to the bachelor's degree in biology in the Faculty of Biology, Chemistry, and Pharmacy at the Free University of Berlin,

  • Proof of language proficiency in English (level B2 GER) for applicants whose mother tongue is not English and who did not acquire their university degree at an educational establishment in which English is the language of instruction.

The course is restricted in admission.

In applicants who have acquired their degree from a foreign university or similar device, which is proof of knowledge of German n to be provided. This can be done by passing the German language test for university entrance (DSH) or by providing evidence of an equivalent level of knowledge according to the regulations for the German language test for university entrance of foreign applicants at the Free University of Berlin


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

After completing the master’s degree, the students have skills that allow them to independently identify and structure research tasks and to gain new knowledge on this basis. In addition to the ability to apply specialist knowledge in a practical manner, after successfully completing this course, you will have acquired skills that enable you to reflect responsibly and critically on the biological worldview in your future activities and tasks (e.g. in universities, research institutions, management or in the administration).


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