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).

Occupational fields/employments: Graduates are especially qualified for work in the fields of research and teaching, for example of marine science institutes, universities etc., but also in areas as:

  • Marine environmental monitoring for environmental authorities and fisheries research institutions
  • Environmental Management: Assessment and monitoring of existing biological, energy and mineral resources and their environmentally friendly use
  • Private sector: e.g. environmental analysis, marine consultants, maritime technology (shipping, pipeline projects, offshore wind farms, etc.) 
  • Food industry (marine food supplements) 
  • Pharmacy and medicine (biologically active substances from the sea) 
  • Science journalism, science publishers
  • etc.

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.

Actual modules (current and previous semester)

List of modules in winter semester 2021/2022 (CAU UnivIS).

List of modules in summer semester 2021 (CAU UnivIS).

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

Complete module handbook M.Sc. Biological Oceanography.

For optional modules within Biological Oceanography look at the module list and for courses outside of our curriculum look here (Optionals outside of Biological Oceanography).

Information regarding German research vessel fleet operations: Portal deutsche Forschungsschifffahrt

interdisciplinary Master School of Marine Sciences (iMSMS)

The interdisciplinary Master School of Marine Sciences (iMSMS) is a cross-faculty and cross-institutional platform for Master students of all disciplines. It promotes ocean literacy and an interdisciplinary approach to marine science education and collaboration at the Master student level. 

The information and offers of the following sites address:

  • Students of the marine science master's degree programs at CAU and associated institutes, who in addition to their disciplinary training would like to acquire interdisciplinary knowldege and skills on marine topics; who are interested in current approaches to (marine) sustainability research, international mobility options during their marine studies or in networking activities in support of their career orientation and development.
  • Master students from all disciplines and study programs, who are interested in the ocean and complex research topics on the development of a sustainable human-ocean-interaction from the perspectives of the natural sciences, law, economics, social sciences, informatics and philosophy. 

This is what the iMSMS organizes and offers at a glance. 

About the iMSMS

The interdisciplinary Master School of Marine Sciences (iMSMS) is a model concept for cross-faculty and cross-institutional collaboration in research-based marine science education. In cooperation with all faculties of Kiel University, with associated institutes such as GEOMAR Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel, the Research and Technology Center West Coast (FTZ Büsum), the Kiel Marine Science priority research area (KMS), and the Future Ocean Network the iMSMS pools and provides access to a wide range of marine-focused educational and networking offers. Both students with a marine science background and students from all other disciplines can join and learn about fundamental and current marine research topics from the perspective of the natural and social sciences, law, ethics, informatics, theology, and economics.

The key objective of the iMSMS is to advance marine scientific learning and collaboration beyond disciplinary boundaries, to promote ocean literacy and to create awareness about inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to a sustainable ocean development, to foster student mobility and to support career orientation in the marine sciences. 

Central bodies for the management and development of the iMSMS are the directory, the advisory board and the project coordination. The directory is formed by the Faculties' Deans of Study or their representative, one representative of the steering committee of the priority research area KMS, and two student representatives. The advisory board includes the coordinators of the marine science study programs, teaching scientists engaged in the iMSMS, one representative of the Center for Ocean and Society (CEOS) at CAU and one representative of the Ocean Education & Careers network. 

Please find here the statutes (pdf) of the interdisciplinary Master School of Marine Sciences.

On the iMSMS website, these are the offers and information at a glance:

  • Registration, participation, and recognition of achievements

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!

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, 2022!

    More information at "how to aply"

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

  • PD Dr. Frank Melzner
    Curriculum Coordinator
    Hohenbergstrasse 2
    Room 13
    Phone: +49 (0)431 600-4274
    E-mail: fmelzner(at)geomar.de

    Dr. Jörg Süling
    Study Coordinator
    Hohenbergstr. 2
    Room 114
    Phone: +49 (0)431 600-4454
    E-mail: jsueling(at)geomar.de
    Consultation Tuesday 8-9 am and Thursday 2-3 pm - currently only by E-mail, online or telephone

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

  • Chairman of Examination Board 

    Prof. Dr. Thorsten Reusch
    GEOMAR
    Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
    Düsternbrooker Weg 20
    24105 Kiel
    Room: A 31
    Phone: +49 431 600-4550
    E-Mail: treusch(at)geomar.de

    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