Overview

Overview

 

The Master's program "Geobiology and Paleobiology" (MGAP) is a consecutive, research-oriented, four-term international master program of the Faculty of Geosciences, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, in collaboration with researchers of the Bavarian State collections under the umbrella of the GeoBio-Center

MGAP aims to provide students with a comprehensive introduction into the interdisciplinary research fields of Geobiology and Paleobiology to prepare them for careers in science and beyond.

Program Structure

Semester 1

The program is organized in modules, of which some are mandatory (P) and others are elective (WP). A certain number of elective courses have to be chosen by the student. The mandatory (P) modules usually consist of two courses, elective modules (WP) are usually single courses to increase the flexibility for course choice. 

Mandatory modules:

P 1 Paleobiology (6 ECTS)

  • P 1.1 Evolution of Life: Lecture (3 ECTS)

  • P 1.2 Evolution of Life: Tutorial (3 ECTS)

P 2 Evolutionary Geobiology (6 ECTS)

  • P 2.1 Systematics and Phylogenetics: Lecture (3ECTS)

  • P 2.2 Phylogenetic Analysis of Morphological and Molecular Characters (PAMM) (3 ECTS)

P 3 Environmental Geobiology (6 ECTS)

  • P 3.1 Global Cylcles : Lecture (3 ECTS)

  • P 3.2 Global Cylcles : Tutorial (3 ECTS)

Elective modules: Background modules (chose 2 of 4):

WP 1.1 Basic Concepts in Geology: Lecture (3 ECTS)

WP 2.1 Basic Concepts in Biology: Lecture (3 ECTS)

WP 3.1 Basic Concepts in Molecular Paleobiology: Lecture (3 ECTS)

WP 4 Systematic Data and Evidence (Faculty of Biology) (6 ECTS)

    • WP 4.1 Systematic Data and Evidence: Lecture (4 ECTS)

    • WP 4.2 Systematic Data and Evidence: Tutorial (2 ECTS)

Elective modules: Specialized modules (chose 2 of 3):

WP 5.1 Basic Invertebrate Geobiology: Tutorial (3 ECTS)

WP 6.1 Concepts of Biomineralization: Lecture (3 ECTS)

WP 7.1 Marine Biology: Lecture (3 ECTS)

Semester 2

The program is organized in modules, of which some are mandatory (P) and others are elective (WP). A certain number of elective courses have to be chosen by the student. The mandatory (P) modules usually consist of two courses, elective modules (WP) are usually single courses to increase the flexibility for course choice. 

Mandatory modules:

P 4 Laboratory Methods (6 ECTS)

  • P 4.1 Methods in Geobiology and Paleobiology: Lecture (3 ECTS)

  • P 4.2 Methods in Geobiology and Paleobiology: Tutorial (3 ECTS)

P 5 Data Analysis (6 ECTS)

  • P 5.1 Statistics for Geobiology and Paleobiology: Lecture (3ECTS)

  • P 5.2 Statistics for Geobiology and Paleobiology: Tutorial (3 ECTS)

P 6 Field Practical I (3 ECTS)

  • P 6.1 Geobiology: Field Practical (3 ECTS)

P 7 Field Practical II (3 ECTS)

  • P 7.1 Paleobiology: Field Practical (3 ECTS)

P 8 Scientific Presentation and Communication

  • P 8.1 Presentation and Communication Skills: Seminar (3 ECTS)

  • P 8.2 Seminar on Current Topics in Geobiology and Paleobiology (3 ECTS)

Elective modules (chose 2 of 4):

WP 8.1 Molecular Methods in Geobiology: Tutorial (3 ECTS)

WP 9.1 Vertebrate Paleontology: Tutorial (3 ECTS)

WP 10.1 Vertebrate Evolution: Tutorial (3 ECTS)

WP 11.1 Micropaleontology: Tutorial (3 ECTS)

Semester 3

The program is organized in modules, of which some are mandatory (P) and others are elective (WP). A certain number of elective courses have to be chosen by the student. The mandatory (P) modules usually consist of two courses, elective modules (WP) are usually single courses to increase the flexibility for course choice. 

Mandatory modules:

P 9 Research Project (12 ECTS)

  • P 9.1 Research Project Design: Seminar (2 ECTS)

  • P 9.2 Individual Research Project:Practical (10 ECTS)

P 10 Evolution and Ecology (6 ECTS)

  • P 10.1 Mechanisms of Evolution: Lecture (3ECTS)

  • P 10.2 Paleoecology: Lecture (3 ECTS)

Elective modules (chose 4 of 6):

WP 12.1 Geobiological Field Exercises: Field Practical (3 ECTS)

WP 13.1 Geomicrobiology: Tutorial (3 ECTS)

WP 14.1 Advanced Topics in Geosciences: Lecture (3 ECTS)

WP 15.1 Special Topics in Geosciences: Lectures (2 ECTS)

WP 16.1 Advanced Invertebrate Geobiology: Tutorial (3 ECTS)

WP 17.1 Collections Management and Research: Tutorial (3 ECTS)

Semester 4

P 11 Final module

  • P 11.1 Master Thesis (27 ECTS)

  • P 11.2 Disputation (3 ECTS)

Entry Requirement

General

For the admission to the Master Program in Geobiology and Paleobiology (MGAP), all applicants have to demonstrate:

  1. Fundamental knowledge in Geobiology, Paleobiology or related fields such as Geology and Biology.
  2. A B.Sc. degree in Geology, Biology, Physical Geography or a related subject completed before the start of the master program and (in case of international students) recognized by the LMU as equivalent to a German Bachelor's degree.
  3. English language skills in writing and speaking - suitable for communicating scientific topics and problems.
  4. Basic German language skills


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