Bielefeld University

Ecology and Environmental Change

M.Sc. (Master of Science)
Subjects: Agriculture, Environmental and Nutritional Sciences
English only
Winter semester:  31 Jul/20 Aug
Application Deadlines
2 Years (starting: Winter semester)
Tuition fees (per semester)
Winter semester
Mode of admission:
local admission restriction
directly at University
Study mode:
On campus


Qualification Requirements

Previous Degree

Bachelor's degree (or equivalent), with one of the following options:

  • a degree in environmental sciences or in biology, with a final grade of at least 2.7, or
  • with at least 60 credit points (CP) in biology or related subjects with an average grade of at least 2.7 in the relevant technical performance and at least 20 credit points (CP) in ecologically oriented events (ecological focus).

Minimum standard period of study: 6 semesters.

GPA Rate 2.70

Language Requirements

The following certificates are recognised as proof of your language proficience.

CERF English
min B2
Does the university recognize "other equivalent language certificates"? yes

Additional information:
The proof is deemed to have been provided if the applicant has acquired his or her academic qualification or his or her professional degree at an English-speaking institution. German language skills are beneficial for the course; however, proof of this is waived for enrollment.

Application & Admission

Application Deadlines

Applications are open from:
Winter semester:July 01 (German)June 01 (EU)June 01 (Non EU)
Summer semester:

Application Procedure & Selection

Mode of admission:
local admission restriction
Admission test/interview:
aptitute test
directly at University
Application Fee:

Application Documents

The application documents must be submitted in due time to the student secretariat of Bielefeld University and contain:

  1. The diploma of a previous degree and the associated documents (transcript, transcript of records, diploma supplement, etc) that provide information about the individual course of study, the completed modules, the achievements made during the course and their evaluations, and the individual professional profile of the completed course. If the university or professional academy at which the applicant obtained the previous degree does not issue such documents for the applicant, correspondingly meaningful documents must be submitted (e.g. performance records).
  2. If there is still no diploma from a previous degree, a preliminary final document and/or a current transcript of records or correspondingly meaningful documents will be submitted.
  3. Proof of language proficiency (see language requirements).
  4. Already for the admission procedure: subject-specific study aptitude test.

Also, you must provide a document detailing your qualifications, goals, and motivation for the Master’s program. Please answer the following questions in full sentences in English (no bullet points, please):

  1. How do your past studies qualify you for the Master’s program Ecology and Environmental Change? Briefly state the most relevant theoretical and practical skills you gained. There is no need to go into details of courses taken, especially not for courses offered at Bielefeld University. Please mention also any relevant work, internship, or volunteering experiences (max. 400 words).
  2. What are your main learning goals for the Master’s program? What research fields are of particular interest to you and what skills would you like to develop over the course of the Master’s program? (max. 400 words).
  3. What career goals could you imagine pursuing after completing the Master’s program and how might the program help you to achieve these goals? (max. 400 words).

Further Information

For more information please check the

Course Website