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M.Sc. Microbiology

Master (ISCED 2011 level 7)


Duration 4 semesters
Entry level Bachelor
Cost 400€ per semester

General information

Aim of the study program is the training of qualified scientists in different disciplines and methods of modern microbiology and the fields of application. The study program is research-oriented. In this program, students should be trained to acquire new scientific findings together independently and in cooperation with others and to recognize its significance for society and professional practice. The qualification is based on a balanced mix of theory and practice; the specializations contain important components of the necessary knowledge and skills for a successful career in the various fields of modern microbiology.

The Master’s program in Microbiology is taught in English language and comprises the following main subject areas: diversity, ecology, physiology, and molecular microbiology. The main lectures within the first semesters provide the theoretical basis for the subsequent 4 or 2 week practical courses on specific topics of current microbiological research, e.g. aquatic microbial ecology, bacterial physiology, electron microscopy, genomics, molecular genetics, proteomics, and sediment microbiology. In these courses, state-of-the-art methods and instruments are used, e.g. fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH), flow cytometry, quantitative real-time PCR, and mass spectrometry. Finally, the students perform two independent research projects of 6 weeks each, getting involved in ongoing research projects that may be continued in the Master´s thesis. The degree “Master Microbiology” provides broad qualification for diverse job opportunities.

Distinctive features of the Master´s programme are:

  • Focus on marine, environmental microbiology
  • Research-oriented studying
  • State-of-the-art methods and instrumentation
  • Possibility of participation in research cruises
  • Cooperation with national and international partners
    • Alfred Wegner Institute (Bremerhaven)
    • Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity (Oldenburg)
    • Helmholtz Institute for Infectious Disease Research (Braunschweig)
    • Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology (Bremen)
    • University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia)
    • University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill, USA)
    • Technical University of Denmark (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Structural components
Ship training
Industry partners
Internship/Workplace experience
International component
Laboratory training
Practical/Field work
Research Project


  • 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

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