Program

The Master of Science (M.Sc.) program “Biological Oceanography” is arranged in 4 semesters providing knowledge and skills in a number of disciplines that address various areas of the global ocean as a complex system. The curriculum is focused on biology and imparts knowledge in chemistry, geology, physics and mathematics.

First semester: The first semester covers the theoretical and practical fundamentals for the systemic analysis of the marine environment. All first semester modules are compulsory.

Second semester: Building on the first semester's knowledge, students begin to form their individual focus within the curriculum in compulsory/elective and elective modules. Students also take part in the theory and practice of running research projects.

Third semester: This semester is devoted to further specialization (including a 9 day research cruise), first contacts to the research group where the individual students plan to do their master's thesis and an introduction to cutting-edge research, instrumentation and literature.

Fourth semester: Here, students apply the knowledge they have gatheres in the first three semesters toward work on the master's thesis as part of ongoing research projects (how to start your master thesis). Most students perform their thesis in one of the research groups within FB3 (marine ecology) or within FB2 (Marine Biogeochemistry).

 Information for single modules here.

Some of the optional modules are planned for second (summer) or third (winter) semester but are given in summer AND winter semesters. Have a look at the module description and ask the person in charge.

The most recent list of modules can be found here.

For information about actual official regulations click here "Prüfungsordnung(German only) - English version (not official) and "Prüfungsverfahrensordnung" (German only).

For further information, contact the study advisor.

General module list

                              Module             

 Module Name

 LP 

 Form

OLAT

 Winter semester

 Compulsory modules (all have to be taken) - 30 CP

 MNF-bioc-101

 Introduction to Biological Oceanography

   6

 Lecture

 OLAT

 MNF-bioc-102

 Practical Course in Biological Oceanography 

  10

 Practical + Exercise

 OLAT

 MNF-bioc-103

 Introduction to Chemical Oceanography

   5

 Lecture+Exercise 

 OLAT

 MNF-bioc-104

 Introduction to Marine Geology

   3

 Lecture

 OLAT

 MNF-bioc-110

 Doing Science

   6

 Lecture + practical Exercise

 OLAT

 Summer semester

 Compulsory modules (all have to be taken) - 20 CP

 MNF-bioc-201

  Advanced Studies in Biological Oceanography

   5

 Lecture

 OLAT

 MNF-bioc-202

 Advanced Practical Course in Biological Oceanography   5 Practical, Exercise+Tutorial OLAT

 MNF-bioc-220

 Biological Modelling and Biostatistics 

   5

 Lecture+Exercise

 OLAT

 MNF-bioc/ozgr-151

 Introduction to Physical Oceanography (import module pherIPO)

   5

 Lecture 

 OLAT

 Compulsory elective (choose one) - 5 CP

 

 MNF-bioc-231

 Current Topics in Biogeochemistry I

   5

 Lecture+Seminar 

 OLAT

 MNF-bioc-232

 Current Topics in Marine Ecology I 

   5

 Lecture+Seminar 

 OLAT

 MNF-bioc-233

 Current Topics in Fish Ecology and Aquaculture

   5 

 Excursion+Exercise+Seminar

  OLAT

 Optional modules(more optional courses here (incl. CAU)) - 10 CP in total

 MNF-bioc-250

 Element cycles in the ocean - Stoffkreisläufe im Meer

   2

 Lecture

 OLAT

 MNF-bioc-260

 Marine biodiscovery and biotechnology

   5

 Practical

 OLAT

 MNF-bioc-262

 Trophodynamic Interactions

   5

 Practical

 OLAT

 MNF-bioc-264

 Sea Bird Ecology 

   5

 Special Course (Practical)

 OLAT

 MNF-bioc-266

 Advanced course in Polar Ecology

   5

 Lecture + Seminar + Excursion

 OLAT

 MNF-bioc-267

 Identification and taxonomy of marine invertebrates

   5

 Lecture + Practical

 OLAT

 MNF-bioc-271

 New aspects of meteorology and oceano-graphy: Carbon cycling in a changing climate

   5

 Lecture + Seminar + Exercise

OLAT

 MNF-bioc-274

 New Trends in Marine Biodiscovery

   2

 Seminar

 OLAT

 MNF-bioc-277

 Air-Sea-Exchange

   5

 Lecture + Seminar

 OLAT

 MNF-bioc-279

Geomicrobiology: accessing the hidden uncultured microbial majority in seafloor habitats

   5   Lecture + Seminar + Practical OLAT

 or the "unused" MNF-bioc-231, -232 or -233 from the compulsory elective section (s.a.). Additional optional modules outside of Biological Oceanography.

 Winter semester

 Compulsory modules (all have to be taken) - 15 CP

 MNF-bioc-301

 Multidisciplinary Oceanographic Research

  10

 Practicals, Colloquia + Exercise

 OLAT

 MNF-bioc-310

 Summer School or Internship 

   5

 Practical / Project

 OLAT

 Compulsory elective modules (choose two) - 10 CP

 MNF-bioc-331

 Current Topics in Marine Biogeochemistry II

   5

 Lecture, Exercise + Seminar

 OLAT

 MNF-bioc-332

 Current Topics in Marine Ecology II 

   5

 Lecture + Seminar

 OLAT

 MNF-bioc-334

 Current Topics in Fish Ecology 

   5

 Lecture + Seminar

 OLAT

 MNF-bioc-335

 Fundamentals and Current Topics in Biogeochemical Modelling

   5 

 Lecture + Seminar

 OLAT

 Optional modules(more optional courses here (incl. CAU)) - 10 CP in total

 MNF-bioc-341

 Advanced Biological Modelling 

   5

 Lecture + Exercise + Practical

OLAT

 MNF-bioc-350

 Climate-relevant trace gases in the ocean

   2

 Lecture

 OLAT

 MNF-bioc-353

 How to write and publish a scientific paper

   2

 Seminar

 OLAT
 MNF-bioc-357 How to make and keep a habitable planet - biogeochemistry - climate feedbacks and astrobiology 5 Lecture + Exercise OLAT

 MNF-bioc-372

 New Developments in Marine Microbiology II   2Seminar

 OLAT

 MNF-bioc-374

 New Trends in Marine Biotechnology

   2

 Seminar

 OLAT

 MNF-bioc-379

 Geomicrobiology: from sediments to bacteria: turnover rates, enzyme activities and genetics

   5

  Lecture + Seminar + Practical

 OLAT

 MNF-bioc-380

Sustainable Ocean Food Production and Security

   6

 Lecture + Seminar

 OLAT

 or of the "unused" MNF-bioc-331, -332, -334 or -335 from the compulsory elective section (s.a.). Additional optional courses/modules outside of Biological Oceanography.

 Summer semester

 Compulsory modules - 30 CP

 MNF-bioc-401

 Master Thesis

  30

 Project

 OLAT

 

As there are sometimes changes of staff, research semesters etc., the actual list maybe is somewhat different.

Before you try to attend defined modules ask the person in charge of the module for further details

(will the module be given, when, where etc.).

Designation of modules

First number: semester (first semester: MNF-bioc-1xx, second semester: MNF-bioc-2xx, third semester: MNF-bioc-3xx)

Second/third number: section (compulsory: MNF-bioc-x01-20, compulsory elective:MNF-bioc-x21-39, optional: MNF-bioc-x40-99)

Examples

MNF-bioc-10x: first semester (winter), compulsory

MNF-bioc-23x: second semester (summer), compulsory elective

MNF-bioc-36x: third semester (winter), optional

 

The most recent list of modules can be found here.

For information about actual official regulations click here "Prüfungsordnung(German only) - English version (not official) and "Prüfungsverfahrensordnung" (German only).

For further information, contact the study advisor.

Optional courses outside of Biological Oceanography

Within the optional courses or free choice section you can choose either one of the modules within your M.Sc. Biological Oceanography curriculum - have a look on the module list - or any other module out of B.Sc.- or M.Sc.-curricula at the CAU.

Read instructions below! 

Here you find a list - (incomplete and not regularly updated) - of ideas of study programs, modules, courses etc. outside of the M.Sc. Biological Oceanography which might be of interest for you to include into the optionals sector.

Before attending contact the person in charge of the respective course, module etc. AND the M.Sc. Biol. Oceanogr. study advisor AS WELL AS "our" Office Examination Board (Prüfungsamt Biologie, Tel. 0431-880-3724; -4157) AND the external Office Examination Board!

 

IMPORTANT:

All of those courses, lectures, seminars etc. you want to attend have to be organized and classified as modules with assigned credit points. A number of lectures etc. e.g. within the old programs (like diploma programmes) are not yet modularized - which means you can't get any credit points!

ONLY COMPLETE MODULES CAN BE USED WITHIN THE OPTIONAL MODULES SECTION!!!

Single courses, lectures, seminars etc. as part of a module will not be used for calculation of your workload and will not be used for your final marks!

 

Make sure in advance!

Ocean Education Initiative

Ocean Education is an initiative of the Kiel Marine Science priority research area (KMS), the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at CAU and the Future Ocean Network. We invite and encourage students from all disciplines to gain and expand competencies in interdisciplinary ocean knowledge and collaboration and to tackle the complexity of solution-oriented (ocean) sustainability science. Together with the faculties of CAU and associated institutes such as GEOMAR Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel, Ocean Education compiled a catalogue of open elective modules on current marine and environmental topics. In most modules, students enrolled in Master programs can earn ECTS for the optional component of their curriculum. Learn more about us and find interdisciplinary courses currently on offer at www.msms.uni-kiel.de.

 

As the links below are external, they might be outdated. In this case use the data to search within UnivIS.

 List of curricula with English as general language of instruction

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

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    Phone: +49 (0)431 600-4575/-4454
    E-mail: jsueling(at)geomar.de   
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  • 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
    Biozentrum
    Am Botanischen Garten 7
    24118 Kiel
    FAX 0431/880-5704

    pruefungsamt(at)bio.uni-kiel.de