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Program information


The EEC program broadly consists of 

  • 3 focus subjects, which can be chosen among 7+2 possible topics:
    • Ecology
    • Biodiversity
    • Evolutionary and systematic botany
    • Theoretical ecology
    • Molecular ecology and evolutionary biology
    • Animal ecology and evolution
    • Conservation ecology and genetics
    • Microbiology
    • Bioinformatics
  • 3 compulsory soft skill modules
    • Research Skills, ideally taken at the beginning of the program
    • Ethics, law and communication
    • An external internship
  • And the MSc thesis

An overview of a typical sequence of the modules can be found below. For details about the modules, see the link to the course catalogue below. 

Study and examination regulations

The examination regulations for the program can be found here

Because of legal / administrative reasons, all regulations are in German. For translation, you can use, for example, the DeepL German-English translation

Course catalogue

You can find the course catalogue for the EEC program here

MSc Thesis

Broadly, the same rules for the thesis apply as for the MSc biology, with the addition that you would typically search for a supervisor within the groups that contribute to the EEC programme (this, however, is not a requirement). External MSc thesis are also possible and encouraged. 

Differences between the MSc EEC and the MSc Biology program 

The MSc EEC program is very similar in structure to the MSc Biology program at the University of Regensburg. Thus, in principle, it's easy to switch between the two programs. 

The main difference is that a) for the EEC program, you can only take focus subjects with relevance to the EEC field (see examination regulations), and b) the EEC program has slightly different soft skills modules than the EEC.

If you want to change from the MSc Biology to the MSc EEC, you need to apply for the EEC, following the normal application procedure. Expect that:

  • All focus subjects from the MSc Biology that you have already started or completed that are also included in the MSc EEC can be transferred
  • The Research Skills module can be transferred
  • Possibly, some courses from the MSc Biology job skills module can be transferred to the MSc EEC Ethics, law and communication
  • You will definitely have to do the MSc EEC Internship module, which is not included in the MSc Biology.