Master of Education
Biology
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Biology

The Master of Education degree program in Biology focuses on microbiology and human biology. Students learn to safely handle microbes, including working in sterile environments and using isolation methods, as well as to enrich, characterize and identify microbes. In addition to contents from human biology and immunobiology, students are introduced to practical experiments that can be conducted in biology lessons.

While students in the bachelor's degree program focus on gaining subject-specific knowledge, the Master of Education degree program puts a stronger emphasis on educational sciences and subject didactics. The modules on subject didactics cover theoretical aspects of teaching and learning biology, offering insights to research on biological didactics. Students learn to plan, execute and reflect on topical and curricular teaching units as well as to conceptualize and design practical biology lessons, taking questions of inclusion into account.

In teaching degree programs designed for grammar and comprehensive schools, students choose two school subjects. Thus, in addition to Biology, students are enrolled for a second subject as well as Educational Sciences. The five-month practical semester is a key component of the degree program.

Possible lines of work:

Teaching at schools
 For other possible lines of work, please refer to the Microbiology (MSc) degree program.

Local NC (Special selection)
Master of Education
Grammar/Comprehensive School
German
4 Semester
Winter semester

Examination Regulations (German versions are legally binding)

University degree (German or non-German) in a relevant discipline

German language proficiency (CEFR level C2)

Other language skills: Two foreign languages (modern languages on CEFR level A2 or qualification in Latin/Greek)

67 ECTS credits each in discipline-specific/subject didactics modules of the chosen school subjects (each including 3 ECTS credits in subject didactics) In Biology: 1) Biology of cells and tissues, 2) Morphology and evolution of animals, 3) Genetics, 4) Biodiversity of plants, 5) Physiology of animals and plants, 6) Ecology with practical identification exercises, 7) Basic didactics in biology | 24 ECTS credits in educational sciences (with 3 ECTS credits on the topic of inclusion; aptitude and orientation internship as well as vocational internship) | Bachelor's thesis 7 ECTS credits

9 weeks internship, incl. 25 days at a school


At the University of Bonn, multilingualism and cultural diversity are considered to be valuable resources that complement subject-specific qualifications. This is why, in addition to curricular language modules, students have access to a diverse range of language-learning offers, including the independent-study offers at the Center for Language Learning (Sprachlernzentrum, SLZ) in which they can autonomously learn a foreign language or enhance existing language skills. Furthermore, students can apply for the “Certificate of Intercultural Competence” free of charge, which promotes extra-curricular and interdisciplinary activities of international or intercultural nature.

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