Master of Science Organismic Biology, Evolutionary Biology and Palaeobiology (OEP Biology)

Study Discipline: Science & Mathematics
Study Programme Details
City: Bonn
Country: Germany
Admission Sessions: Autumn Session
Study Format: Full Time
Mode of Study: Fully on Site

Programme Type

Master's degree


24 Months

Scholarship Available




About this Study Course

The Master of Science in Organismic Biology, Evolutionary Biology, and Palaeobiology (OEP Biology) aims to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of organismic biology, integrating cutting-edge research in evolutionary biology and biodiversity. This interdisciplinary program blends systematics, phylogenesis, palaeobiology, physiology, ecology, molecular biology, and ethology to explore the vast complexity of life.

Emphasizing current trends and future possibilities, such as advances in genetic research and conservation strategies, the program prepares students to tackle some of the most pressing biological challenges of our time. By incorporating storytelling elements, students are engaged in a dynamic learning environment that connects theoretical knowledge with real-world applications.


Students in the OEP Biology program develop a wide range of methodological skills essential for solving scientific problems within international and interdisciplinary research groups. The curriculum emphasizes practical research experience, with opportunities to work in the field and in state-of-the-art laboratories associated with prestigious institutions like the Alexander Koenig Research Museum, the Goldfuss Museum for Paleontology, and the University of Bonn’s botanical gardens.

The program’s theory-oriented instruction fosters critical, analytical, and strategic thinking, preparing students to excel in diverse professional environments. By leveraging SEO strategies and integrating insights from industry experts, the program is presented as both informative and aspirational, capturing the attention of prospective students who seek a rigorous and impactful education.

Admission Requirements

  • University degree (German or non-German) in a relevant discipline
  • English language proficiency (CEFR level C1)
  • Minimum grade of 2.7 or local equivalent
  • Knowledge in practical laboratory work (20 ECTS)
  • Applicants from outside Germany or another EU country must pass the aptitude test for university studies
  • Systematics
  • Phylogenesis
  • Palaeobiology
  • Physiology
  • Ecology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Ethology
  • Field Research
  • Laboratory Research
  • Research Projects
  • Master’s Thesis

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Future Career Outcomes

Graduates of the OEP Biology program have achieved significant success across various sectors. For example, alumni have become leading researchers at renowned universities and non-university research institutions, contributing to groundbreaking studies in evolutionary biology. Others have taken on roles as museum curators, managing extensive biological collections and engaging the public through educational programs.

The program’s alignment with industry demands ensures that graduates possess the skills necessary for careers in conservation science, where they develop and implement strategies to protect biodiversity. The diverse career outcomes underscore the program’s relevance in an evolving job market, where expertise in organismic and evolutionary biology is increasingly valued.

Visa Requirements:

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