- The basic requirement for studying at a university is the so-called university entrance qualification, e.g. the Abitur. This qualification can be obtained in different ways and enables its holder to study either at a university or at a Fachhochschule (university of applied sciences). The entitlements listed below are those valid in Lower Saxony.
Preliminary examination of the university entrance qualification (HZB)
Prospective students who would like to have their university entrance entitlement (HZB) examined prior to applying for enrolment (i.e. university entrance qualifications on the grounds of vocational education and training, entrance qualifications for universities of applied sciences, EU university entrance qualifications acquired outside Germany) can submit their university entrance qualification documents to the University’s Registrar’s Office from the middle of May
Language skills and language requirements
Good English language skills are recommended at the start of the degree course. The module “Scientific English I” must be completed during the degree course, which requires English language knowledge at the level of “Mittelstufe II” (Intermediate level II) to start the course. This language qualification can also be acquired during the degree course.
If the module “Scientific English II” is additionally taken, students can then acquire the certificate UNICERT III, which is accepted as an entrance requirement by the Faculty of Biology for their international Masters programme,
The degree course is modular in structure with accompanying examinations and comprises 180 ECTS Credits (abbreviated hereafter as: C).
First part of the degree course comprising 120 C:
Orientation year (first and second semesters) with lecture series in Biology, lab classes in Botanics and Zoology and determination classes in Botanics and Zoology, as well as Inorganic Chemistry as compulsory modules. Third to the fourth semesters: Compulsory modules in Botanics, Evolution, Ecology and Zoology, as well as compulsory optional modules and other optional modules from the areas of biology, general mathematics & natural sciences and key qualifications (language skills (English)).
Second part of the degree course comprising 60 C:
Advanced knowledge of the specialist fields of Applied Biodiversity Research, Ecology, Evolution and Systematics, supplemented by the learning of Conservation Biology / Palynology, as well as Vegetation Analysis / Agricultural Ecology, a work placement (6-8 weeks) and a Bachelor's thesis (10 weeks).