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Biology M.Sc.


Master of Science

Program structure

Only a single subject is usually studied. However, individual programs can be highly interdisciplinary. This means that the contents of the program may come from different fields of study.

Special features

The study program has a high share of practical courses with strong scientific character. Due to the possibility to freely combine emphasis subjects, it is on the one hand a broad-ranging study of biology, but on the other hand makes it possible to concentrate on one defined subdiscipline. The best qualified students have the opportunity to start with a PhD at the University of Regensburg after the second semester (fast track). 


The master's program serves to consolidate scientific skills and is more research orientated than the bachelor's program. It comprises four semester and is structured in three emphasis subjects with a theoretical and a practical module each and three skills-modules. The study program is completed with a nine-month master thesis. 

Professional prospects / competencies

Biology is a rapidly developing division of science. The demand for graduates in biology has been consistently rising in the last years. However, there is no single "biologist" profession. Nevertheless, the intensive education in biology at university is an ideal prerequisite to find a job in a diverse field of possible occupational fields and establishments. For example, in universities and other scientific or medical facilities, or in the industry, administration or further diverse areas (consultation, analytics, journalism, environmental protection and planning).

Internships, lab courses, practical courses

Biology is an experimental science - this fact is also taken into account by the high proportion of practical courses (compulsory courses) in the degree program.

Disciplines involved

Electives in chemistry and medicine are available

Program duration / standard period of study

The length of the program depends on the progress of an individual's studies. The standard period of study, the time in which the intended program can be finished ideally is 4 semesters. The actual time taken to complete the program may vary. It is limited by the examination deadlines set out in the examination regulations.

Program scope

120 ECTS

Language of instruction


Program can be started

In the winter and summer semester

What qualities do I need to have?

Interest in independent and self-organized semester schedules, ability to study independently. Advanced skills in practical laboratory work.

Restricted admittance

Applications are received through the university's application portal. After the application deadlines, the examination committee will review the application documents. The letter of either admission, invitation to the aptitude test or rejection will be sent by the end of January (application for summer) or end of July (application for winter) per e-mail.

Legal requirements for admission

Before applying, please send the transcript of records (list of courses) and the abstract of a written thesis or research project via e-mail to elisabeth.brunner@ur.de. After approval, you will be invited to apply.

Application deadline(s)

15th June for a start in the winter semester

15th December for a start in the summer semester

Registration dates and deadlines

Information on enrollment deadlines and required documents can be found on the homepage of the Registrar's Office.

Language skills needed

English language skills at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages  (CEFR).
Applicants who did not complete their first degree or qualification for admission to institutions of higher education at a German-speaking institution must show basic knowledge of the German language. This must be shown via language courses (basic courses) comprising at least 120 teaching hours, or through knowledge of the German language at the level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). 

Documents needed (to apply / register)

Information on application documents see the homepage of the faculty

Contact within the faculty

Academic Counseling

If you have questions about the program, please contact the biology academic counseling.


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