M.Sc. On Campus

Biological Oceanography

University of Kiel

24 months
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The Master of Science (M.Sc.) program Biological Oceanography from University of Kiel 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 of the Biological Oceanography program from University of Kiel 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.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Biological Oceanography
  • Practical Courses in Biological Oceanography
  • Chemical Oceanography
  • Doing Science Marine Geology
  • Doing Science 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Curriculum vitae in tabular form of your educational background
    • Copy of your passport – Please make a copy of the photo page of your passport (with your name and photo)
    • Payment receipt for the UNI-ASSIST application fee
    • School-leaving certificate entitling the holder to study at university in his/her home country, with a list of subjects and grades
    • University certificates (e.g. your Bachelor's or Master's degree) including the corresponding list of subjects with individual grades

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR for the full programme during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR for the full programme during 24 months.

There is no tuition fee for studying at CAU Kiel! This applies to international students as well.

Living costs for Kiel

720 - 1050 EUR /month
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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