See our new web site Munich Graduate School for Evolution, Ecology and Systematics (EES)
- The Application Procedure. The application deadline for a start date of October 2013 is Jan. 31, (for non-EU students) and May 31 (for EU-students).
- For official rules governing the program, download the Studien- und Prüfungsordnung in German or English.
- Download the 2010 "handbook" for new Masters students with information on the program, first semester courses, etc! Also, click on the appropriate topics to learn about the first semester schedule and what's happening when and where during the orientation weeks.
- Descriptions of possible IRT or Master's thesis projects. IRT stands for "individual research training," or lab rotation.
- Information about the Mentoring Program for first semester students.
- The LMU is one of the participating universities within the new Erasmus Mundus Master's Program in Evolutionary Biology (MEME). For more information on this prestigious international program, please go to the MEME website.
About the EESlmu Master's program
The EESlmu Master's program was initiated in 2007 and is designed for German and international students with a background in biology or a related subject. All courses are offered in English. The EESlmu Master's program contains many innovative elements such as a mentoring program, integrated skills courses and individual research training. We also provide feedback to students and encourage revisions of their work, rather than applying a simple grading system. Thanks to funding from the Volkswagen Foundation, students can apply for money to fund their own research and travel and to invite international speakers.
Schematic overview of the Master's program
Please go to Courses Overview for detailed information about the Master's program.
The EESlmu Master's program will prepare you for research and industry
The EESlmu Master's program will provide you with a broad biological background and will train you to become a critically thinking scientist. You will gain not only extensive research experience that will prepare you for a PhD program, but also valuable technical and communication skills that will prepare you for a job outside of academia. During the program, you will become familiar with the many techniques and approaches that are used in evolution, ecology and systematics research. These include micro-array techniques, field experiments, the use of natural history collections, mathematical modeling and modern genetic methods.
Why come to the LMU?
At the LMU Munich, you can join an award-winning teaching program at one of Germany's most prestigious research universities! The LMU was one of the first German universities to be awarded the highest excellence status in a nation-wide competition. Among Germany's top universities, it is the only one to offer evolutionary research at a broad scale. The Bavarian Natural History Collections and the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology further contribute to the unique research environment (see contributing institutions and people). The EES Master's program was designed to complement excellent research with first-class teaching. With its student-centered approach, it was awarded the first prize in a competition for innovative educational concepts by the Volkswagen Stiftung.
If you are already at the LMU
If you are now a biology student at the LMU, you can switch to the Master's program after your 6th semester. To do this, you will need to obtain a Bachelor's degree for which you need: your Vordiplom, 30 SWS for Vorlesungen or Seminars, 30 SWS for Practical courses, and a Bachelor's thesis. The Bachelor's thesis is similar to a Diplomarbeit and takes 12 weeks including the writing of the thesis (20-70 pages). For more information, you can contact the bachelor coordinator of the biology department [Michael Bögle].
How to apply
To apply, you must have a Bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree in a natural science discipline, or show that you can realistically expect to finish your Bachelor’s before starting the Master’s program. Applications should include a CV, high school diploma (Hochschulreife or equivalent), Bachelor’s degree, letter of motivation, transcript of records, and a proof of proficiency in English (e.g., ToEFL 550 points). Deadline for applications will be January 31, 2013 (for students who need a visa to study in Germany) and May 31, 2013 (for all others - however, we strongly recommend that you send in your application by the earlier date). The program starts in the winter semester. For specifics on the application and selection procedure see Application Procedure. If you consider applying, or if you are not sure whether you meet the criteria, please call or e-mail the program coordinator.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have questions, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions. If your question is not answered there, you can write an e-mail to Alice Edler: ees*at*bio.lmu.de.
Address for applications and more information
Program Coordinator of the Munich Graduate School for Evolution, Ecology, and Systematics
LMU Munich Biozentrum
Großhaderner Str. 2, D-82152 Planegg-Martinsried
Tel: 0049 89 2180 74 234