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The three-year BSc programme comprises 18 technical modules, each with six ECTS credits and four hours of weekly training. Most modules explain the use of molecular tools to address ecological issues in various disciplines, but some are clearly focused on molecular biosciences whereas others focus mainly on ecosystem research and its applications. The technical modules are complemented by a key competence module on cross-cutting issues in each semester. A full semester is reserved for elective modules and students are encouraged to spend this semester at partner universities abroad to further strengthen their international profile. The programme ends with a Bachelor's project and the BSc thesis.
The programme is conducted entirely in English, and we aim for a very international group of students including students from Germany, other European countries and abroad. We plan to attract the most qualified and motivated students and we offer a very international atmosphere.
Educational organisationWinter semester 1:
Molecular Plant and Stress Physiology
Biotic and Abiotic Interactions
Summer semester 1:
Microbiology and Molecular Biology
Computer Science and Mathematics
Plant Ecology and Diversity
The Science-Policy Interface: Society and Research Structures
Winter semester 2:
Environmentally Friendly Production of Wood
Methods in Systems Biology
Biodiversity of Pro- and Eukaryotic Soil Microbial Communities
Scientific Methods and Project Design
Summer semester 2 (elective modules):
Special Topics in Plant Methods and Ecological Applications
Protection of Renewable Resources
Conservation of Biodiversity
Intraspecific Diversity of Plants
Practical training in laboratory techniques
Winter semester 3:
Conservation and Ecosystem Management
Resource Assessment in Ecosystems
Isotopes in Ecosystem Science
Summer semester 3:
Molecular Soil Ecology
Study abroad unit(s)A full semester is reserved for elective modules, and students are encouraged to spend this semester at partner universities abroad to further strengthen their international profile.
InternshipsOptional for the vacation period
Forms of assessmentThe forms of assessment vary depending on the module: oral/written examinations, reports, protocols, term papers and presentations. The programme ends with a Bachelor's project and the BSc thesis.
Course objectivesGraduates of this research-based study programme will have gained a solid basis to work in the fields of environmental ecology and conservation. The pace of global change leaves little doubt that their knowledge will be urgently needed. Graduates will be used to working in international teams to find innovative solutions to complex problems. These abilities are in high demand by many employers, not only in environmentally-oriented businesses. However, our vision is to stimulate young students to develop independent thinking and to immerse themselves in ecological research. Thus, many students might continue their studies as postgraduates and eventually become life-long members of the growing community of scientists working in molecular ecology.
Language requirementsApplicants must provide proof of their English skills:
TOEFL 500 (paper-based), 173 (computer-based), 61 (iBT)
CAE grade C
CFE grade B
ALTE level 3
Such proof is not required from native English speakers or from "Abitur" holders (no longer than three years ago) with a minimum average grade of 11 in English.
Academic requirementsUniversity entrance qualification
Enrolment feesEnrolment fees are approx. 300 EUR per semester. Fees include a pre-paid semester ticket which entitles students to use regional trains free of charge within the federal states of Lower Saxony and Bremen, as well as city buses. Students of the University of Göttingen receive discounts for cultural events. Meals and drinks are also available at reduced prices at all university canteens.