Plant Sciences (Master/Hauptfach)

Beschreibung des Studienfachs

The research-oriented Master of Science program in Plant Sciences is taught in English to highly motivated and engaged students with a strong interest in Plant Sciences. It offers a state-of-the-art education at a modern research location in a wide variety of plant sciences core subjects, such as Plant Molecular Biology, Plant Cell Biology, Systematics, and Plant-Species Interactions.

The master's program in Plant Sciences allows you to build on your bachelor’s degree (B.Sc. in biology or equivalent) and further deepen your knowledge through a variety of specialized modules. The master’s program is set up to that it allows as for as much freedom as possible in the choice of subjects and the organization of courses.

The goal of the master's program is to provide students with an excellent classical research education. Moreover, the program aims to convey key skills like the ability to perform in a team, communication, organization and mediation skills, and intercultural competences.

Major topics

  • Plant Molecular Biology
  • Plant Cell Biology
  • Systematics
  • Biotic interactions of plants

Tätigkeits- und Berufsfelder

Students get comprehensive preparation for meeting future challenges in science-related professional careers within the field of plant sciences.

Erwünschtes Profil

  • in-depth knowledge in the field of plant sciences, especially mechanisms and processes of function, adaptation and evolution of plants
  • basic knowledge of other biological subject areas and the relevant natural sciences
  • skills in common techniques and methods of plant science and biology

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Plant Sciences (Master)
Master of Science (M.Sc.)
4 Fachsemester

Bewerbung und Zulassung

Zulassungsmodus 1. Semester
Zulassungsmodus höheres Semester

Admission to the master's program in Plant Sciences requires a bachelor's degree of at least 180 ECTS credits or an equivalent degree from Germany or abroad in biology, agricultural biology, bioinformatics, chemistry, biochemistry, plant sciences, physics, biophysics or a related subject, and also successful participation in an aptitude test. Applications to participate in the aptitude test must be submitted by February 28 (cut-off deadline) for the following winter semester via an online portal to the Faculty of Biology. Further Information here.

Link zum Fach
Master Plant Sciences

Ihr Weg zum Studienplatz

Der Studiengang im Detail

The prescribed period of study is four semesters including a final master’s thesis. Requiring a total of 120 ECTS credits, the program is based on acquiring approximately 30 ECTS credits per semester. The curriculum of the master's program is based on a modular system consisting of topically related fields of research, including lectures, seminars and practical courses, with a strong emphasis on learning in the context of ongoing research projects. Modules can be individually composed according to the student’s goals and interests.

First semester – Basic training

The first semester of the master’s program aims to enlarge and deepen existing know-how gained in the previously completed bachelor’s program. The first two months of the program, students will participate in the mandatory courses in “Lab Methods in Plant Sciences” and “Bioinformatics and data analysis”. Moreover, students can select up to two additional fields of study.

Second and third semester – Specialization

In the second semester, students can deepen their knowledge in the fields of study of their first semester or select additional topics. Mandatory courses include lectures, seminars, practical courses, and practical research courses. In the third semester, students attend two topically linked modules, namely “Special methods in Plant Sciences” and a “Special Research Module”.

Fourth semester – Master module

The master’s Program culminates in a 24-week period devoted to a research project, combined with the writing and defense of a master’s thesis. Through their master’s thesis, students prove their skills in conducting independent and responsible research. Additionally, the final module includes additional courses such as a research seminar and colloquia.

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After successful completion of the master's program, students may pursue an individual doctoral research project or a doctorate in one of the graduate schools of the Faculty of Biology.

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