Biology (Master of Science)
(Biologie, M.Sc.) – To come into effect foreseeably from summer semester 2019 on.
|Degree: Master of Science|
|Duration: 4 Semesters|
|Internship: programme-internal internship (see Semester Course Schedule)|
Requirements for Admission: Requirements for admission to the Master’s Degree programme (and thereby university enrollment) consist of a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the TU Darmstadt (benchmark degree) or an equivalent degree. Admission to the Master’s Degree programme may also depend on additional requirements. Specific degree entrance requirements may be found here [to be announced] and in the competences description [to be announced]. For further questions please contact the departmental advisor’s office. |
Please also note the general information on Master’s Degree programmes, including information for students with degrees from universities abroad: International Admission.
|Admission Procedure: As long as the requirements for admission (Entrance Requirements Verification) are fulfilled, there is no restriction on admission.|
|Application Deadline: International applicants find their application deadline here.|
|Part-time Studies: possible under specific conditions|
|Special Features: Enrolment in the M.Sc. Technical Biology programme is no more possible.|
The degree programme is defined by four focal areas one of which must be chosen:
- Molecular Biomedicine / Genombiology
- Molecular Biology/Synthetic Biology
- Biodiversity and Functional Ecology
- Area without focus
Students who don't want to focus on one subject, but want to structure their studies freely, can do this in the “area without focus”.
Advice for Prospective M.Sc. Students
While the Bachelor of Science focuses mainly on the fundamentals of the field, the Master of Science builds directly on this foundation by providing more scientific depth and a more complete methodological and technological understanding of the field. In contrast to the Bachelor degree programme, the Master of Science enables and requires students to adopt their own major focus and to work towards their own independent academic, scientific research profile.
For these reasons it is recommended that students complete a Master of Science degree.
Related Degree Programmes
Upon successful completion of a Master of Science degree, there is the opportunity to begin working towards a Ph.D. either at the TU Darmstadt or at another national or international university. Further information on doctoral studies at TU Darmstadt:
Ingenium – Young Researchers at TU Darmstadt (umbrella organisation for promoting early career researchers)
The Master’s degree programme prepares graduates for careers in industry, in university-external research institutes (e.g. research, development and production in the pharmaceutical and biotechnical industry or food industry), and also to undertake an individual research project as part of a doctoral programme.
Potential career areas for Master’s degree holders in technical biology include: pharmaceutical research, biotechnological research and production, chemistry, the environment and food industry, consulting and distribution in the chemical-pharmaceutical industry, scientific journalism, administrative and advisory functions in the fields of nature and environmental protection, evaluation of the consequences of technology, genetic technology, patent systems, biological safety and security, forensics, etc.
TU Darmstadt's offer of Job Shadowing is a quick and simple method of career orientation by accompanying professionally experienced TU Darmstadt alumni for one day.
Further information about career opportunities on the German job market may be found on the following websites:
Arbeitskreis (AK) Evolutionsbiologie (Working Group on Evolutionary Biology)
Berufsvertretung Deutscher Biologen e.V. (BDBiol) (Trade Association of German Biologists)
Biotechnologie-Industrie-Organisation Deutschland e.V. (German Organisation for the Biotechnological Industry)
Verband Biologie, Biowissenschaften und Biomedizin in Deutschland e.V. (VBIO) (Association for Biology, Biosciences and Biomedicine in Germany)