Oekologie und Evolution (Master of Science)
(Ecology and Evolution)


The previously German-language curriculum of the master's degree programme "Ökologie und Evolution" will be changed to an English-language master's degree programme titled "Biodiversity and Ecosystem Health".

So DSH exam is not required for applications for the winter semester 2023/24, provided that the responsible committees approve the amended study regulations.

Conditions of admission


Course content and focus areas 

The Master of Science in Ecology and Evolution offers in-depth instruction in aspects of taxonomy and the evolution and ecology of animal and vegetable (including fungal) organisms. The range of methods spans open land studies of ecological questions, morphological and physiological research methods and molecular taxonomy.

Detailed Information

Information from the department
Study regulations



Master of Science in Ecology and Evolution 


The standard length of study for the Master of Science is 4 semesters. 

Language of instruction


Start of the programme

The study programme can be started in the winter semester or summer semester. 

Student advisory service
Inhalte und Schwerpunkte 

Der M.Sc. Ökologie und Evolution dient dem Erwerb einer vertiefenden Ausbildung über Fragestellungen in der Taxonomie, Evolution und Ökologie tierischer und pflanzlicher (inklusive pilzlicher) Organismen.  Das vermittelte Methodenspektrum reicht von Freilandstudien zu ökologischen Fragestellungen über morphologische und physiologische Untersuchungsmethoden bis hin zur molekularen Taxonomie.

Ausführliche Beschreibung

Informationen des Fachbereichs

FAQ des Fachbereichs rund um den Studiengang


Master of Science Ökologie und Evolution


Die Regelstudienzeit bis zum Master-Abschluss beträgt 4 Semester




Der Studiengang kann zum Wintersemester und zum Sommersemester aufgenommen werden


Prof. Dr. Meike Piepenbring
Max-von-Laue-Str. 13
Flügel D, 2. Etage, Raum 2.423
D-60438 Frankfurt am Main
Telefon: +49 69 798 42222

email: piepenbring@bio.uni-frankfurt.de

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Conditions of admission

Admission requirements
  • BSc or comparable degree in a bio-scientific subject
  • proof of sufficient English language skills (level B2), proven by:
    - TOEFL test (score at least 87 points), or
    - IELTS test (score at least 5.0), or 
    - a successfully completed Bachelor thesis written in English, or 
    - proof of at least six years English as school subejct.
  • Letter of Motivation (1-2 pages)

    The motivation letter is evaluated as follows:
    very good (1 point) to poor (5 points)
    Decision on the recommendation for approval is done on the basis of the marks of the first professional degree (60 %) and letter of motivation (40 %). The resulting overall rating must be at least 3.0 points.
  • Applicants with an international university entrance qualification and Bachelor's degree must prove sufficient German language skills according to the regulations of the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH), the German language test for university entrance.
Provisional admission

Provisional admission is possible if at least 80% of the required CP for the bachelor's degree have been completed and the Bachelor's dissertation has been finalised or is about to be submitted. The Bachelor's degree certificate has to be handed in no later than 6 months after admission.

Mode of admission Admission to the programme is not restricted.

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Documents to be submitted
  • if you are not already enrolled at Universität Frankfurt:
    a university entrance qualification (e.g. A-Levels)
  • certificate of the Bachelor's degree programme
  • possible transcript of  records or equivalent document listing the content of the study programme
  • letter of motivation (1-2 pages, font size 12, line spacing 1.5)
  • proof of English language skills (level B2)
  • certificate of German language skills for international applicants
  • APS certificate for applicants from India, Vietnam and China (original)
Deadline for Application

01.04. - 15.07. for the winter semester
01.12. - 15.01. for the summer semester 

Adress for Applications Online application portal for Master’s study programmes

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