Master of Science
Organismic Biology, Evolutionary Biology and Palaeobiology (OEP Biology)

Organismic Biology, Evolutionary Biology and Palaeobiology (OEP Biology)

The goal of the Organismic Biology, Evolutionary Biology and Palaeobiology (OEP Biology) degree program is to give students a broad understanding of all aspects of organismic biology. Evolutionary biology and biodiversity research combine various disciplines such as systematics, phylogenesis, palaeobiology, physiology, ecology, molecular biology, ethology and many more.

Students learn a broad spectrum of methodological skills in scientific research that enable them to solve scientific problems in international and interdisciplinary research groups and networks. One point emphasized in the degree program is the gathering of practical research experience in the field and in laboratories of the participating research groups as well as in the large collections of the Alexander Koenig Research Museum, the Goldfuss Museum for Paleontology, and the University of Bonn’s botanical gardens. Instruction in the OEP Biology degree program is theory-oriented and its aim is to convey to students the ability to think critically, analytically, and strategically.

Possible lines of work:

Basic research at universities and non-university research institutions, various types of work at collections/museums, employment at regional, supra-regional or global political and research facilities and public authorities

Local NC (Special selection)
Master of Science
4 Semester
Winter semester

Examination Regulations (German versions are legally binding)

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

English language proficiency (CEFR level C1)

Minimum grade of 2.7 or local equivalent

Knowledge in practical laboratory work (20 ECTS)

Applicants from outside Germany or another EU country must pass the aptitude test for university studies.

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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