MSc Microbiology

General information

This two year programme introduces up to date research and practice in the area of marine and environmental microbiology in English. Studying microbiology at the University of Oldenburg means:

  • close proximity to current marine research programmes,
  • xceptional opportunities for analytics, modelling, and molecular biology,
  • study in a well supervised international group,
  • undertaking small research projects,
  • cooperation with research institutes in the region of Oldenburg, Wilhelmshaven, Bremen, and Groningen,
  • access to doctoral programmes around the world,
  • good opportunities for PhDs in the ICBM and in nearby research institutes.

In the first two semesters, the programme offers parallel core modules (24 credit points), enhanced practically oriented modules (24 credit points) as well as profile enhancing electives (12 credit points). In the third semester, students work on two research projects, which can also be carried out during a stay abroad. The elective is continued. The final master's thesis (30 credit points) demonstrates the capacity to work independently and scientifically on a distinct topic.

Learning outcome:

The master's programme in Microbiology provides German and international students with a well founded education in promising field. It consists of research oriented focus areas in environmental microbiology, and is generally taught in English. The Institute for Chemistry and Marine Biology (ICBM), in conjunction with other institutes in the greater region of Groningen, Emden, Oldenburg, and Bremen, offers a broad range of options in microbiology. Apart from the universities, a number of research institutes contribute to this programme, including the Max-Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen, the Alfred-Wegener-Institute in Bremerhaven, as well as the Senckenberg-Institute in Wilhelmshaven. The fact that the programme is offered in English facilitates better access to science and to the international labour market.


Careers and Areas of Employment

Microbiologists can use their qualifications to work in fields such as molecular biology, biotechnology, environmental protection, food microbiology, and criminology. Due to expanding research activities, there are PhD positions available in the Institute for Chemistry and Marine Biology (ICBM).

Contact Person: Academic counselling for Microbiology (


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0511 - Biology", "0512 - Biotechnology", "0512 - Toxicology


Venue: University of Oldenburg
Oldenburg, Germany

Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment
Carl-von-Ossietzky-Straße 9-11
PO box 2503, D-26111 Oldenburg



Semester contribution (376,80 €) for regular students / international degree students

  • Semester ticke t(207,90 €)
  • Studentenwerk (68,00 €)
  • Student body (23,30 €)
  • DIY bicycle repair shop (2,60 €)
  • Administration (75,00 €)

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification in Biology or from prior studies in a closely related, engineering scientifical field (specialist skills see admissiona regulations).
  • English language proficiency at level C1 of Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Proof of language proficiency through one of the following language certificates: TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Advanced Exam

Application Procedure:

This is an open admissions degree course, and applications are accepted for winter semesters.
The application deadline for the winter semester is 30 September.
The application deadline for the summer semester is only in reasonable cases possible until 31 March.

Please note
For open-admission Master's degree programmes it is strongly recommended to submit their applications as early as possible before 15 July for the winter semester and before 15 January for the summer semester. If the supporting documents are submitted after these dates but before the standard application deadlines, your application can only be processed at the start of the lecture period in the new semester. This may result serious problems (German document).


Academic level: Master


Module examinations can be of the following types: Written examination, Oral examination, Report, Term Paper, Specialized practical practice, Seminar work,  Practical training report, Portfolio, Presentation, Protocol and other types of examination. 

Qualification: Master of Science

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