Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg


M.Sc. (Master of Science)
Subjects: Ecology, Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution
English only
Winter semester: 15 Jul
Summer semester: 15 Jan
Application Deadlines
2 Years (starting: Both semesters)
Tuition Fees (per semester)
Both semesters
directly at the University
Study mode:
On campus


Qualification Requirements

Previous Degree

Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in biology or equivalent study degree that fulfills the criteria of the "Fachkanon Biologie", in particular:

  1. Required skills in basic biology in the fields of botany, zoology, and microbiology which may have been achieved in the areas of cell biology, developmental biology, genetics, systematics, physiology, ecology, neurobiology, behavioral biology. 30 ECTS in total.
  2. Required skills in advanced biology achieved in any of the following areas: cell biology, developmental biology, behavioral biology, virology, immunology, neurobiology, human genetics, microbiology, biotechnology, ecology, pharmaceutical biology, bioinformatics, biophysics, biochemistry. 45 ECTS in total.
    Note: A differentiation between skills in basic and advanced biology is not necessary, as long as you prove at least a sum of 75 ECTS in biology.
  3. Required skills in chemistry (inorganic, organic, physical). 15 ECTS.
  4. Required skills in physics, mathematics, biostatistics. 15 ECTS.
  5. Proof of experimental laboratory experience preferentially by an experimental thesis comprising a minimum of 10 ECTS.

Required ECTS credits: 180.

Please note that you may apply with a minimum of only 150 ECTS.

Language Requirements

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

min C1 Advanced (CAE)
min 6.5
min 240
min 90
min 570
Does the university recognize "other equivalent language certificates"? no information provided by university

Additional information:
The English language proficiency can also be proven by a bachelor's degree from an English teaching university, or any certificate issued by the admission committee of the Faculty of Biology from the University of Würzburg after approving of English skills based on the assessment of a bachelor thesis written in the English language, or of a language course other than specified above or an interview held in the English language. Language skills in German are highly recommended but not required for the application.

Application & Admission

Application Deadlines

Applications are open from:
Winter semester:May 01 (German)May 01 (EU)May 01 (Non EU)
Summer semester:November 01 (German)November 01 (EU)November 01 (Non EU)
Spring semester:

Application Procedure & Selection

Admission Test/Interview:
directly at the University
Application Fee:

Application Documents

Documents required:

  1. Certificates of a degree in a bachelor study program (acquisition of 180 ECTS points) at the University of Würzburg or another national or international institution or a comparable national or international degree (for example State examination). The documents should be translated into German or English.
  2. Proof of a university or equivalent degree (in the case of a requested ultimate Master-admission) attesting the achieved overall grading (documents translated into German or English).
  3. Proof of previously achieved study and examination performances (transcript of records). The record should prove the basic and advanced skills in biology and all required skills in chemistry, physics, mathematics, and biostatistics (documents translated into German or English).
  4. Proof of experimental laboratory experience preferentially by an experimental thesis comprising a minimum of 10 ECTS.
  5. Proof of English proficiency (see language requirements).

Further Information

For more information please check the

Course Website