M.Sc. On Campus

Ecology and Evolution

18 months
1740 EUR/year
1380 EUR/year
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The Master's program in Ecology and Evolution at the University of Bern leads to the degree of a Master of Science (M Sc) in Ecology and Evolution.


The Master's program in Ecology and Evolution at the University of Bern is run jointly by the Institute of Ecology and Evolution and the Institute of Plant Sciences of the Science Faculty. The Master's program in Ecology and Evolution is regulated in the Master's curriculum (Studienplan) in Ecology and Evolution (MSc EE) and is fully taught in English.

The Master's program has a workload of 90 ECTS points. 1 ECTS point corresponds to 25-30 hours of work. The program can be completed by full-time students in 3 semesters. It consists of 60 ECTS in form of a Master's thesis and 30 ECTS in formal learning units.


During this curriculum, and in particular by preparing the Master's thesis, the students deepen and specialize their knowledge and skills in Ecology and Evolution. A particular emphasis of the program is to involve the student actively in ongoing research projects. The degree of «Master of Science» (M Sc) in Ecology and Evolution can lead to an employment in governmental and research settings, private companies (environmental consultants, etc.), or to a further education, e.g. to PhD studies. In general, students with a Bachelor of Science degree (B Sc) in biology or related subjects are entitled to apply for the program.  Students with a BSc from a technical or teaching college (Fachhochschule or Pädagogischen Hochschule) cannot be admitted to the master in ecology and evolution. They may apply for a BSc in biology at Bern first.

Programme Structure

Four fields of specialization are available:

  • Animal Ecology and Conservation
  • Behaviour
  • Evolution
  • Plant Ecology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

You can only apply after the regular closing date for applications if you do not require a visa for entering and residing in Switzerland. If you are applying late and require a visa for Switzerland, we will transfer your application to a later semester.






On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from the University of Bern in Biology with special qualification in Ecology and Evolution
  • Bachelor's degree from the University of Bern in Biology with special qualification in Plant Sciences, provided the required (as listed in annex 1 to the plan of studies) units of credit associated with Plant Ecology have been completed as part of the bachelor's degree program.
  • Bachelor's degree from a recognized university, provided at least 60 ECTS credits were earned in Biology and the master's degree program can be successfully completed with a maximum additional 60 ECTS credits (admission requirements which must be fulfilled in order to complete the master's degree program). The ECTS credits will be listed separately in the diploma supplement as extracurricular attainments.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1740 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 870 EUR per semester during 18 months.
  • National

    1380 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 690 EUR per semester during 18 months.
  • Regular tuition fee: CHF 750 per semester
  • Non-Swiss students: CHF 200 per semester, in addition to the regular tuition fee, if they did not have their civil law residence in Switzerland or the Principality of Liechtenstein at the time of obtaining their university entrance qualification to a bachelor's degree.

Living costs for Bern

1655 - 2130 CHF /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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