How to apply WS 2017/2018

Next application period: February 1 to April 30, 2017

Only applications via ONLINE APPLICATION PORTAL (portal is active only during application period) will be accepted!

Download further information (Online Application Portal manual)


Entry to the Programme

Entry to the programme requires a completed Bachelors Degree with a biological focus (applicants with a B.Sc. other than biology have to prove that at least 60 (or 1/3 of their total) credits according to the ECTS are out of the field of biology. This has to be verified by German or English module descriptions issued by their university to ensure  comparability of educational objectives). You may apply for the term beginning every year in October if you expect your Bachelors degree to be awarded in the same year. If the final Bachelor Degree has not been awarded at the moment of the application, you must submit a listing of your graded completed modules at the time of application. Equivalent degrees from other countries with a major focus on biological disciplines will also be considered for admission


Minimum entrance requirements (incl. changes scheduled for application period 2016):


  1. Bachelor of Science degree, minimum grade 2.0 (on account of the special interest in and commitment to marine science issues (bachelor thesis on a marine biological subject) with a minimum grade 2.5).

  2. Bachelor of Science in Biology or a B.Sc. other than biology with >30% of the total ECTS points entailing biological modules (this has to be verified by German or English module descriptions issued by the applicants university to ensure comparability of educational objectives).

  3. Proficiency in English (mandatory for non native speakers): CEFR * (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages): level C1, TOEFL (internet based 90 at minimum), IELTS (Band 6.5 at minimum), University of Cambridge (Certificate in Advanced English at minimum), etc.

  *: Many European universities provide courses and exams according to the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) regulations free of costs for their students. Ask at your language department.


     If you need further information please contact the Coordinator M. Sc. Biological Oceanography.

    Study Advice

    Jörg Süling

    West Shore Campus

    Düsternbrooker Weg 20

    Room B50a

    Phone: +49 (0)431 600 4454

    E-mail: jsueling(at)


    Tuesday 8:30 to 10 a.m.

    Thursday 2 to 3 p.m.

    Or on appointment

    Examination Board

    Chairman of Examination Board
    Thorsten Reusch
    Christian Albrecht University
    GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel

    Office Examination Board
    Karen Grotkopp
    Marianne Lange

    Physics Centre, Room L11/105
    Leibnizstr. 11
    24118 Kiel

    Tel.: 880-3724, -4157
    Office hours: Mon, Tue, Thu 9 -11, Tue 14-16 or after arrangement