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Qualification and Application


Qualification

The qualification for the master program is given by:

  1. a university degree or comparable degree with a minimum of a three year study program of bachelor biology or a related subject* with a minimum overall grade of 2,5 (german grading system); by degrees obtained outside of Germany, the grade is converted by the modified bavarian formula.
  2. a proof of English language skills, level B2 (GER, common European frame of reference)
  • If the minimum overall grade of 2,5 is not achieved, an oral entrance examination (aptitude test) has to be passed. Information on the test see below!
  • If the bachelor certificate cannot be present by the application deadline, a transcript of records with a minimum of 150 credit points, showing the preliminary overall grade, has to be presented.
  • If the bachelor certificate and/or the proof of English language cannot be presented by the registration deadline, a preliminary registration (matriculation) is possible. If the documents cannot be presented by the end of the first semester, an automated exmatriculation is initiated. For continuation of the study, a new application is necessary with the required documents presented by the application deadline.

Applicants with a degree from a non-German speaking institute have to proof basic German language skills. This can be provided by a German language course (minimum of 120 hours) or by a proof of a German language level of A1 (GER, common European frame of reference).

If the proof of basic German language skills cannot be presented by the registration deadline, a preliminary registration (matriculation) is possible. The proof can be provided later after registration. If the documents cannot be presented by the end of the second semester, an automated exmatriculation is initiated. For continuation of the study, a new application is necessary with the required documents presented by the application deadline.


Proof of English language skills, level B2

Proof by a school- or university certificate
  • “Abitur” school certificate (obtained in Germany) if,
    • the graduation dates back no longer than 5 years
    • B2 is shown on the certificate
    • or English as 1. or 2. language has been taken up until school year 12 and a minimum of 5 points have been achieved.
  • certificate of a subject-linked university entrance qualification (fachgebundene Hochschulreife) of a private or public “Fachoberschule” or “Berufsoberschule” if,
    • the graduation dates back no longer than 5 years
    • a minimum grade of 4 (“ausreichend”) is achieved in the subject English
  • school certificate obtained in an English speaking country (Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, UK, USA); certificate as proof
  • Bachelor- or Master certificate of an English study program; proof of the university, that the courses were in English
  • Bachelorthesis written in English (proof of the supervisor)
Proof by an English test (not older than 2 years)
  • Cambridge ESOL (English for speakers of other languages), FCE (First Certificate in English) Grade A; Information about the test, see www.cambridgeenglish.org
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum of 79 points achieved; Information about the test, see www.ets.org/toefl and homepage Uni Rgbg. (TOEFL institutional code Uni Rgbg. = 0401)
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with a minimum level of  6,5; Information about the test, see  www.ielts.org and homepage Uni Rgbg.
  • DAAD proof of language skills povided by a language center of an university; level B2 in all three language facilities.
  • OnSET-Englischtest. The test is offered from the Uni Regensburg, takes 40 minutes and costs 15 Euros. See Homepage ZSK link !
Proof by a language course (no older than 2 years)
  • language course of the University of Regensburg (Aufbaukurs 3/4) - link
  • language course of another University with level B2

Links:

  • Information about language courses at the University of Regensburg - link
  • Information about language tests (this information are for exchange programs, however contains general information about language test - link

Nachweis Englisch Niveau B2

Hinweis! Liegt der Englischnachweis zum Zeitpunkt der Bewerbung und Einschreibung in den Master noch nicht vor, erfolgt die Immatrikulation vorläufig unter der auflösenden Bedingung, dass dieser bis spätestens zum Ende des ersten Semesters vorgelegt wird. Wird der Nachweis nicht vorgelegt, erfolgt die Exmatrikulation am Ende des Semesters, und es muss bei Bedarf ein erneuter Antrag auf Zulassung gestellt, wobei dann der Nachweis zum Bewerbungszeitpunkt vorgelegt werden muss.

Möglicher Nachweis englischer Sprachkenntnisse auf dem Niveau B2 des Gemeinsamen Europäischen Referenzrahmens (GER)

Nachweis über einen Schul- oder Studienabschluss
  • Abiturzeugnis (in Deutschland erworben), wenn
    • der Abschluss nicht mehr als 5 Jahre zurückliegt,
    • mindestens B2 im Zeugnis ausgewiesen ist,
    • bzw. Englisch als 1. oder 2. Fremdsprache mindestens bis zur Jahrgangsstufe 12 geführt wurde und mindestens 5 Punkte erreicht wurden.
  • Zeugnis der fachgebundenen Hochschulreife einer öffentlichen oder staatlich anerkannten Fachoberschule oder Berufsoberschule, wenn
    • der Abschluss nicht mehr als 5 Jahre zurückliegt,
    • mindestens die Note „ausreichend“ im Fach Englisch erreicht wurde.
  • Schulabschluss in englischsprachigem Land (Australien, Kanada, Irland, Neuseeland, UK, USA); Abschlusszeugnis als Nachweis.
  • Bachelor- oder Masterabschluss in englischer Sprache; Formloser Nachweis der Hochschule, dass in Englisch unterrichtet wurde.
  • Bachelorarbeit wurde in Englisch verfasst; Formlose Bestätigung des Betreuers der Arbeit
Nachweis über einen Englischtest (nicht älter als 2 Jahre)
  • OnSET-Englischtest. Der Test wird von der Universität Regensburg angeboten, und kostet für an der Universität Regensburg immatrikulierte Studierende 10,- € und für nicht immatrikulierte 15,- €. Siehe ZSK Uni Regensburg link!
  • Cambridge ESOL (English for speakers of other languages), FCE (First Certificate in English) Grade A; Infos zum Test unter www.cambridgeenglish.org
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) mit mindestens 79 Punkten; Info zum Test unter www.ets.org/toefl und Seite der Uni Rgbg.  (TOEFL Code-Nummer der UR = 0401)
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) mit mindestens Niveaustufe 6,5; Info zum Test unter www.ielts.org und Seite der Uni Rgbg.
  • DAAD Sprachnachweis ausgestellt von einem Sprachenzentrum an einer Hochschule; B2 in allen drei Sprachfertigkeiten nötig.

Nachweis über einen Sprachkurs (nicht älter als 2 Jahre)
  • Sprachkurse der Uni Regensburg (Aufbaukurs 3/4); link!
  • Sprachkurse an anderen Hochschulen, die Niveau B2 bescheinigen.

 

Links

Informationen zur studienbegleitenden Fremdsprachenausbildung (SFA) der Uni Regensburg: link! 

Informationen zu Sprachtests (diese Seite ist für Austauschprogramme, beinhaltet jedoch auch allgemeine Informationen zu Sprachtests): link!


Application

Application deadlines

15th of June for a start in the winter semester

15th of December for a start in the summer semester

After the application deadline, the examination committee will review the application documents. The letter of either admission, invitation to the aptitude test or rejectionand will be sent by the end of December or end of June.

Application documents have to be sent per post to

Dr. Elisabeth Brunner
Fakultät Biologie und Vorklinische Medizin
Universität Regensburg
D-93040 Regensburg

elisabeth.brunner@ur.de

There is no online application!

Documents needed from applicants

Documents needed from applicants with a Bachelor Biology degree from the University of Regensburg:
  • cover letter (kein Motivationsschreiben; "hiermit bewerbe ich mich zum Internationalen Master Biologie" ist ausreichend) with date, current postal address and signature
  • copy of High School certificate (Beglaubigung nicht notwendig)
  • proof of English language skills, level B2

Documents can be in German or English!

If the bachelor certificate and/or the proof of English language cannot be presented by the registration deadline, a preliminary registration (matriculation) is possible. If the documents cannot be presented by the end of the first semester, an automated exmatriculation is initiated. For continuation of the study, a new application is necessary with the required documents presented by the application deadline.

Documents needed from applicants with a Bachelor Biology degree not from the University of Regensburg, but from another German speaking university (incl. Austria):
  • cover letter (kein Motivationsschreiben) with date, current postal address and signature
  • curriculum vitae
  • copy of High School certificate (Beglaubigung nicht notwendig)
  • proof of English language skills, level B2
  • bachelor certificate showing the final grade
  • if the bachelor certificate cannot be presented by the application deadline, a transcript of records (certified copy) with a minimum of 150 credit points, showing the preliminary overall grade, has to be presented.

Documents can be in German or English!

If the bachelor certificate and/or the proof of English language cannot be presented by the registration deadline, a preliminary registration (matriculation) is possible. If the documents cannot be presented by the end of the first semester, an automated exmatriculation is initiated. For continuation of the study, a new application is necessary with the required documents presented by the application deadline.

Documents needed from applicants not with a Bachelor Biology degree, but with a degree from a related subject:

Please send first your transcript of records per E-Mail to elisabeth.brunner@ur for a review.

Please note: Following subjects are not related to "Biology" and are not qualified: Applied Biology, Bioanalytik, Biotechnology, Molecular Biology, Molekulare Medizin, Microbiology, Pharmacy, Medicine.

After your transcript of records has been approved please send following documents per post:

  • cover letter (Motivationsschreiben) with date, current postal address and signature
  • curriculum vitae
  • copy of High School certificate (Beglaubigung nicht notwendig)
  • proof of English language skills, level B2
  • certificate of related subject showing the final grade
  • if the certificate cannot be presented by the application deadline, a transcript of records (certified copy) with a minimum of 150 credit points, showing the preliminary overall grade, has to be presented.
  • transcript of records, showing the credit points of every course of the study program (certified copy translated in English or German)
  • module catalogue or any other document showing the contents of the courses (translated in English or German); this document can be sent as a file per E-Mail (elisabeth.brunner@ur.de) and does not have to be printed out.

Documents can be in German or English!

If the bachelor certificate and/or the proof of English language cannot be presented by the registration deadline, a preliminary registration (matriculation) is possible. If the documents cannot be presented by the end of the first semester, an automated exmatriculation is initiated. For continuation of the study, a new application is necessary with the required documents presented by the application deadline.

Documents needed from applicants with a degree, obtained at a non-German speaking university from outside of Germany:

Please send first your transcript of records per E-Mail to elisabeth.brunner@ur for a review.

Please note: Following subjects are not related to "Biology" and are not qualified: Biotechnology, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Pharmacy, Medicine

After your transcript of records has been approved please send following documents per post:

  • application form for admission (download here) Please note!  The 2nd choice of desired subject of study will not be considered. For every desired subject of study a separate application for admission has to be filled out and sent to the respective faculty.
  • cover letter with date, current postal address and signature
  • curriculum vitae
  • proof of English language skills, level B2
  • proof of German language skills; German language course (minimum of 120 hours) or proof of German language level A1 (GER, common European frame of reference).
  • High School certificate
  • if available: university admission examination
  • copy of passport / identity card (no translation required)
  • APS certificate (original) for applicants with a Bachelor degree from China, Vietnam or Mongolia
  • Bachelor Biology Certificate or related subject showing the final grade (certified copy translated in English or German)
  • if the bachelor certificate cannot be presented by the application deadline, a transcript of records with a minimum of 150 credit points, showing the preliminary overall grade, has to be presented (certified copy translated in English or German).
  • transcript of records, showing the credit points of every course of the study program (certified copy translated in English or German)
  • proof of completion of a written thesis (project or bachelor thesis)
  • !!! module catalogue or any other document showing the contents of the courses (translated in English). The module catalogue has to be an official document in English. If the module catalogue is in another language, please send the original document and a certified translation in English, which should be available from your university. Please contact elisabeth.brunner@ur.de if your university does not provide a module catalogue in English.
  • In the module catalogue practical courses should be clearly visible. Please send the module catalogue as a file per E-Mail (elisabeth.brunner@ur.de). It is no need to print it out and send it per post.

Applications without a module catalouge will not be reviewed!!!

Please Note!

  • All documents have to be translated in English or German by a sworn translator (certified translation). Documents in another language will not be accepted!
  • For the application a simple copy of your documents (in its original language) and a simple copy of its translation in English or German are sufficient.
  • Only when enrolling at University later, the original documents have to be presented. Without the original documents, enrolment ist not possible!
  • If the bachelor certificate and/or the proof of English language cannot be presented by the registration deadline, a preliminary registration (matriculation) is possible. If the documents cannot be presented by the end of the first semester, an automated exmatriculation is initiated. For continuation of the study, a new application is necessary with the required documents presented by the application deadline.

If the application is accepted a letter of admission with further information on how to register will be sent to the applicant.

For general information for international students (accommodation etc.) see the homepage of the International Office of the University of Regensburg - link


Registration (after admission)

Registration for applicants with a Bachelor degree from the University of Regensburg

Die Umschreibung vom Bachelor- in den  Masterstudiengang der Biologie erfolgt in der Studentenkanzlei – Termine siehe Studentenkanzlei (zulassungsfreie Fächer)!

Benötigte Dokumente zur Umschreibung

  • Antrag auf Studiengangswechsel (siehe!); das Formular steht im Campus-Portal Bewerbung / Einschreibung zum download. (Evtl. ist zuerst eine Rückmeldung erforderlich; das Formular ist auch in der Studentenkanzlei bei der Rückmeldung erhältlich)
  • Schreiben (Zusage oder bedingte Zusage) vom Vorsitzenden des Prüfungsausschuss
  • ggf. Bestätigung über bestandene Eignungsprüfung (diese wird gleich im Anschluss an die Prüfung von den Prüfern ausgehändigt)
  • Bachelorzeugnis oder Flexnow-Ausdruck mit Angabe der endgültigen Bachelornote

Für Studierende aus dem Bachelorstudiengang der Uni Regensburg gilt:

wenn Bachelor-Endnote bis zur Rückmeldefrist bekannt ist:

  • wenn Note von mind. 2,5 erreicht wurde:

Umschreibung in den Masterstudiengang innerhalb der Rückmeldefrist. 

  • wenn Note von mind. 2,5 nicht erreicht wurde:
  1. Verlängerung der Rückmeldefrist bis Semesterende in der Studentenkanzlei beantragen
  2. Anmeldung zur Eignungsprüfung bei Studiengangskoordinatorin
  3. nach bestandener Eignungsprüfung Umschreibung innerhalb der verlängerten Rückmeldefrist in den Masterstudiengang

wenn Bachelor-Endnote bis zur Rückmeldefrist nicht bekannt ist:

  • Vorläufige (Doppel-)Einschreibung in den Master Biologie. Die Einschreibung in den Bachelor bleibt bis zum Abschluss des Bachelorstudiums bestehen. Wenn Bachelorstudium abgeschlossen ist, d.h. die Endnote bekannt ist, erfolgt (ggf. nach bestandener Eignungsprüfung) die endgültige Einschreibung in den Master.
Registration for applicants not from the University of Regensburg, but with a university entrance qualification (Abiturzeugnis) obtained in Germany

Für Bewerber von außerhalb gilt:

Falls bis zum Vorlesungsbeginn im jeweiligen Semester das Bachelor-Zeugnis nicht vorliegt, jedoch eine Zulassung aufgrund eines beglaubigten Nachweis über bisherige Prüfungsleistungen, bzw. ein Nachweis über die erfolgreich abgelegte Eignungsprüfung, erfolgt die Einschreibung in den Masterstudiengang vorläufig. Das Bachelorzeugnis kann bis zum Ende des ersten Semesters nachgereicht werden. Wenn Bachelorstudium abgeschlossen ist, d.h. die Endnote bekannt ist, erfolgt (ggf. nach bestandener Eignungsprüfung) die endgültige Einschreibung in den Master.

Benötigte Dokumente zur Einschreibung

  • Bachelor-Zeugnis oder Leistungsnachweis mit vorläufiger Bachelor-Note
  • Schreiben (Zusage oder bedingte Zusage) vom Vorsitzenden des Prüfungsausschuss
  • ggf. Bestätigung über bestandene Eignungsprüfung (diese wird gleich im Anschluss an die Prüfung von den Prüfern ausgehändigt)

Bitte beachten Sie, dass zur Einschreibung alle Unterlagen im Original vorzulegen sind.

Informationen zur Einschreibung finden Sie auf den Seiten der Studentenkanzlei - hier!

Bitte die Unterlagen postalisch bei der Studentenkanzlei einreichen.

Registration for applicants with a university entrance qualification (Abiturzeugnis) obtained outside of Germany

If your application is acceptet your receive a letter of admission with further information on how to register.

For general information for international students (accommodation etc.) see the homepage of the International Office of the University of Regensburg - link



Oral entrance examination / aptitude Test (Eignungsprüfung)

If you do not achieve the minimum overall grade of 2,5, you have to pass an oral entrance examination (aptitude test).

After the application deadline, the examination committee will review your application documents and sent you a letter of either admission, invitation to the aptitude test or rejection.

Registration for the test:

If you are invited for the aptitude test there will be a deadline of registration.
Registration for the test by E-Mail: elisabeth.brunner@ur.de

Periods of the aptitude test:

  • for a start in the winter semester
    • in July (last week of the lecture period of the summer semester) or
    • two to three weeks before the start of the lecture period in the winter semester.
  • for a start in the summer semester
    • in January/February (last week of the lecture period of the winter semester) or
    • two to three weeks before the start of the lecture period in the winter semester.

You have to choose the period of the aptitude test when you register for the test.

About two weeks before the test you will receive the date, time and room of the test and the names of the three examiner.

The test is conducted as an oral peer review by three examiners (botany, zoology, molecular biology) with a duration of 30 minutes. Usually the test is in German; on demand the test can be held in English (please let us now when you register for the test).

Examination syllabus encompasses the content of the bachelor biology degree (cytology, anatomy, physiology and systematics of animals, plants and microorganisms, ecology, neurobiology, ethology, developmental biology, evolutionary biology, biochemistry, microbiology, genetics and the chemical and physical elements of biology).

As an additional help for preparing for the test the student council provides a collection of questions from previous aptitude tests. Please note that this list does not represent the content of the test!!! It is only a selection of questions from previous tests. Other and/or additional questions are possible.

See the homepage of the student council: German version - Englisch version

Grading

The aptitude test is graded by the examiners on basis of the competences of the applicant meeting the requirements of the master program in biology.

The finale grade is calculated by the grade of the aptitude test with 50% and the grade of the Bachelor degree with 50%. The test is passed with the minimum overall grade of 2,5.

Failed aptitude tests may be repeated once.


Places in some subjects are restricted !!!

Places in some focus or secondary subjects may be restricted. The acceptance for the master program is no assurance for a place in the desired subjects. Please inform yourself ahead of application if a place would be available in the desired subject.

  1. Fakultät für Biologie und Vorklinische Medizin
  2. Studium

Int. Master Biology

 

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