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M.Sc. Ecology

Master (ISCED 2011 level 7)


Duration 4 semesters
Entry level Bachelor
Cost 380 € per semester

The international Master's Program "Ecology" was established at Bremen University in 2008. It is a programme for European and Non-European students with a background in biology, ecology or a related subject. The courses are taught in English and follow the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

The Master of Ecology is multidisciplinary and contains many innovative elements such as a mentoring programme, integrated skills courses, supporting online material, scientific projects, and individual research training.

Research in the area of “Marine Ecosystems” encompasses the bioscientific components of Bremen’s excellent high-profile area of marine research; Marine Ecology is therefore one of the elements of the Master's Programme MSc Ecology.

Description of the Study Program

The Master of Ecology at the University of Bremen is a program for students with a background in biology, ecology or related subjects. All courses are offered in English. The Master of Ecology is multidisciplinary and contains many innovative elements such as a mentoring program, supporting online material, scientific projects, and individual research training.A particular strength is the broad spectrum of research fields in terrestrial and marine habitats practised by the instructors in the master’s program, including biodiversity and conservation research, behavioral ecology, population ecology, plant ecology, marine ecology, soil ecology and environmental risk assessment.

Specialisation is offered with an individual choice of courses, i.e. in Molecular, Behavioural, Population, Vegetation, Field, Cognitive, Marine or Soil Ecology, as well as Conservation Biology, Risk Assessment, or Ecological Modelling. Especially during the 3rd term, students have the possibility to study at one of our partner universities abroad.

Structural components
Industry partners
Internship/Workplace experience
International component
Laboratory training
Practical/Field work
Research Project

Application procedure

Admission Criteria and Requirements

The admission regulations specify the admission requirements and selection criteria of the master’s program. The information provided below is an excerpt of the admission regulations from January 22, 2014and refers to winter semester 2019/20. Please recheck the current requirements as they are subject to change: be considered applicants need to provide:

A proof of a bachelor‘s degree (or equivalent) in biology, ecology, environmental science or a related field, or have 135 credit points (CP) according to the European Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) and expect to finish your bachelor‘s before starting the master’s program.

At least 3 CP of the previous studies have to be specifically in the field of ecology.

A proof of proficiency in English at the level of C1 (according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages CEF) or higher unless the last academic degree was obtained from a university in which the primary language of instruction was English. Information on language certificates accepted as proof of C1-Level can be found at

A letter of motivation (max. 2 pages) stating reasons why you wish to be admitted to the master’s program Ecology.

Learning outcomes

Occupational Fields and Career Opportunities

The Master of Ecology will provide you with a broad ecological background and will train you to become a critically thinking scientist. Not only will you get extensive research experience qualifying you for PhD studies and an academic career. The acquired scientific, technical and communication skills also open a wide array of additional opportunities. During the program, you will become familiar with many techniques and approaches including field experiments, analysis of animal behavior, scientific writing, advanced statistics, and modern molecular methods.Occupational fields besides an academic career are governmental and non-governmental organisations involved in nature conservation, environmental risk assessment, or biological control and integrated pest management

Goals of the Program

The main goal of the master’s program “Ecology” is the education in the field of ecology, qualifying for both profession and scientific research. The programis interdisciplinary and research-oriented. It conveys a broad spectrum of current ecological essentials and, building on these, provides access to areas of specialization in various ecological sub-disciplines such as plant ecology, behavioral ecology, soil ecology, population ecology, marine ecology or environmental risk assessment.


Students who would like to apply for the MSc. Ecology programme, must have a Bachelor‘s degree (or equivalent) in Biology, Ecology, or a related field, or you have 135 CP and expect to finish your Bachelor‘s before starting the Master's programme. Applications should include a CV, a motovation letter, your Bachelor‘s degree (if you don't have a Bachelor‘s degree yet, include a transcript of records), and if you are a non-native speaker you need to proof your English language proficiency by taking a recognised English proficiency test (e.g. TOEFL: iBT 95 ; IELTS: band 7.0 or equivalent documents ).

The online application deadline is April, 30. The programme will start in October of the same year.

ISCED Categories

Conservation and environmental management
Scientific modelling