The advanced master's degree in "Biodiversity and Nature Conservation" trains you in anatomical, nature conservation, ecological and systematic sub-areas of biology. For the description and analysis of strains and species, including their ecology and endangerment status, you will be taught a wide range of methods, which, in addition to classical and molecular methods, includes computer modeling of complex systems.

In the first year you will be taught basic knowledge that is subject-specific and professional in character. The second year serves to deepen acquired specialist knowledge as well as familiarization with the subject of the six-month master's thesis and ends with its submission. The course is research-oriented.

The training takes place in an active, internationally respected research environment in which nature conservation, ecology, mycology, special zoology, evolution and developmental biology of animals as well as animal physiology can be chosen as major fields of study.



Relevant bachelor's degree in the natural sciences or comparable domestic or foreign university degree

Admission is granted to those who can prove at least 60 credit points (CP) in subjects that can be found in the range of subjects in the biological basic, advanced and advanced modules of the bachelor's degree in biology at the Philipps University of Marburg.

Proof of course-specific knowledge and skills:

Proof of knowledge of the English language according to  language level B2 of the "Common European Framework of Reference for Languages".

Approval mode:

Admission restriction (according to the Hessian procurement ordinance )
Higher semesters may be admission-free.



The Marburg degree course in biodiversity and nature conservation provides you with well-founded biological specialist knowledge, which is supplemented by the acquisition of additional professional skills. Graduates are thus qualified for a wide range of tasks:

Research (universities, state research institutions, clinics and industry), activities in zoos and botanical gardens, in associations and authorities, preparation of expert reports in landscape planning, activities in international institutions, in non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and in imparting knowledge about biological relationships (media). With the appropriate orientation, it is also possible to take the step into self-employment. Successful completion of the master’s degree qualifies you for a doctorate.

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