How to apply WS 2021-2022

Next application period: February 1 to April 30, 2021


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

Download further information (Online Application Portal manual (listing also documents to prepare and upload)).


Entry to the Program

Entry to the program requires a completed Bachelor's 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 within 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 Bachelor's degree to be awarded in the same year. If the final Bachelor's 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:


  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) - foreign marks will be converted to the German system at the International Center at Kiel University after receiving completed applications via the ONLINE APPLICATION PORTAL(provide final marks (e.g. CGPA etc.) with maximum achievable marks (e.g. 100%, 5.0 etc.) and minimum passing marks (e.g. 50%, 1.0 etc.) according to your universities resp. national system (sometimes at the back side of the transcript). These data are essential to convert your marks to the German system).

  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 applicant's 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.

    APS certificate (only applicants from China, Vietnam, and Mongolia - use "Other Useful Uploads").

  *: 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 (e.g. Kiel University). Ask at your language department.

Results: Most results of the application process will be communicated end of May/beginning of June. In few cases e.g. those with complex requirements (need for additional reviewers etc.), results may be communicated later than the middle of June.

After successful application:

  • Foreign applicants will be contacted and guided through the further process by the International Center of Kiel University (more information here).
  • German applicants will receive information by us and will enroll via the CAU-Online-Einschreibportal.

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

    • Next application period is February 1 to April 30, 2021!

      More information at "how to aply"

    • Dr. Jörg Süling

      Hohenbergstr. 2
      Room 114
      Phone: +49 (0)431 600-4575/-4454
      E-mail: jsueling(at)   
      Consultation currently only by E-mail, online or telephone

      Annegret Stuhr
      Room 323
      Phone: +49 431 600-4028
      Email: astuhr(at)

    • OLAT is the central online learning platform of CAU. On OLAT you always find recent material for lectures, seminars etc.

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

      Office Examination Board (web)

      Marianne Lange  Tel. 0431/880-3724 (Raum E 50)
      Ines Wetzel   Tel. 0431/880-4157 (Raum E 51)

      Prüfungsamt Biologie
      Am Botanischen Garten 7
      24118 Kiel
      FAX 0431/880-5704