How to apply WS 2020-2021

Next application period: February 1 to April 30, 2020

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.

    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