Course structure

The master’s programme takes 2 years and confers 120 ECTS credits. The first year builds on the bachelor’s degree and is intended to deepen students’ subject knowledge. Active forms of teaching such as seminars, tutorials and practical laboratory or field courses make up much of the programme. Two basic modules of 10 credits each on evolutionary theory and evolutionary biology are compulsory for all students. The remaining 40 credits of the first year are normally obtained through follow-on modules in one of the three fields systematic zoology, systematic botany or ecology, though further specialisation within those fields is also possible. With the agreement of their master thesis supervisor, students can also combine follow-on modules from the different fields, or take modules from a master’s programme being offered in yet another area of biology or, for example, in a field such as geosciences.  ECTS credits that have been obtained abroad are generally recognized, and a period at a foreign university is actively encouraged.

The second year of the course is dedicated to the master thesis. The practical work involved is weighted with 30 credits and the evaluation of the data and writing up of the results together confer a further 30 credits. Master theses that involve field work or which are bound by vegetation periods can be begun in the summer semester of the first year. Master theses can be completed at any of the three university institutes involved in the programme, or externally, e.g. at one of the non-university research facilities in Jena or one of our many cooperation partners in Germany and abroad.

More information can be found here:
Studien-und Prüfungsamt der Biologisch-Pharmazeutischen Fakultät