University of Bremen

Jacobs University Bremen

Marine Microbiology

M.Sc. (Master of Science)
Subjects: Biology
English only
Winter semester:  28 Feb
Application Deadlines
1.5 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) in microbiology, biochemistry, marine biology, oceanography, chemistry, molecular biology, geology, biogeochemistry, bioinformatics, or related fields.

Since knowledge in basic microbiology and biochemistry is a prerequisite for successful completion of the program, students lacking training in these fields are urged to use the time between application and arrival in Bremen to gain knowledge in these fields by looking at courses available on the internet.

Applications will be considered even if the degree is not conferred until the summer/fall of the year of application.

Exceptionally qualified students can begin research for their Ph. D. thesis immediately, provided they have an M.Sc. or a Diplom/Staatsexamen.

Language Requirements

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

CERF English
min C1
min C1 Advanced (CAE)
Specification: At least C.
min 7
min 95
min 1305
Specification: Listening/Reading: 945; Speaking:180; Reading: 180.
Does the university recognize "other equivalent language certificates"? no information provided by university

Additional information:
Applicants whose native language is not English are asked to submit proof of proficiency in English. Please note: if you did not reach the required scores in the English proficiency test so far, please do not hesitate to apply. If no English test is available, proven higher education including exams in English or a reasonably long stay in an English-speaking country may also be accepted.

Application & Admission

Application Deadlines

Applications are open from:
Winter semester:November 30 (German)November 30 (EU)November 30 (Non EU)
Summer semester:

Application Procedure & Selection

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

Application Documents

The Online MarMic application form and all required documents (see checklist below) must be submitted electronically. Please fill in in English.

Additionally, a paper version of all required documents in duplicate (two copies) is also needed. Send the completed application by air mail or surface mail to the MarMic coordination office.

MarMic Coordination Office/Admissions Committee
Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology
Celsiusstr. 1
D-28359 Bremen

Your application must include the following documents:

  1. A CV (curriculum vitae).
  2. A letter of motivation (1-2 pages). Please explain your reasons for wanting to enter the program and study marine microbiology. Refer to any personal, professional, or educational experiences or situations that have contributed to your desire to participate in this program. Describe your specific interests and academic goals.
  3. Official academic transcripts in English or German from all colleges/universities attended (one notarized copy and one regular copy of each document), especially for the certification/notarization of degrees from Non-European Community Member States.
  4. Academic diplomas: certificate of your high school diploma and of further academic diplomas, if applicable (in English or German; one certified copy and one regular copy of each document).
  5. Two photographs: portrait of the size of a passport photograph (please indicate your name on the back).
  6. Two reference letters: letters of two referees who are able to evaluate your personality, academic experience, and intellectual merit (preferably mailed to the MarMic coordination office confidentially; they should not be older than 6 months).
  7. Proof of proficiency in English (see language requirements). Submission preferred until February 28th each year, but also acceptable after the deadline.

The above-mentioned forms are required for the restricted admission to MarMic. Additionally, you have to apply for admission with all required documents at the University of Bremen.

Further Information

For more information please check the

Course Website