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IMPRS MarMic - Marine Microbiology, M.Sc.

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The IMPRS MarMic - Marine Microbiology is a joint program of the International Max Planck Research School of Marine Microbiology (IMPRS MarMic), the University of Bremen (UniB), the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), and the Jacobs University Bremen (JUB). MarMic teaches students to take an interdisciplinary approach to the understanding of marine prokaryotic and eukaryotic microbiology, offering training in physiology, ecology, evolution, molecular biology, bioinformatics, and other related subjects.

Why study marine microbiology?

Marine microorganisms are essential to the maintenance of our biosphere, yet we have only fragmentary understanding of the diversity and function of the microbial life in our oceans. The study of marine microbiology involves research of fundamental issues such as the evolution of life, the functioning of marine food webs, global climate change, the fate of pollutants, and the biodiversity of the ocean. 

Why choose MarMic?

The MarMic concept is unique: we are educating a new generation of marine scientists, and providing them with the tools to better understand microbial life and the matter in which it affects our biosphere. MarMic students are trained to think globally and to choose from both holistic and reductionistic research approaches. The breadth of theoretical and practical experiences at MarMic enables students to address questions ranging from biogeochemistry to genomic analysis, from single-cell interactions to behavior in mixed communities. These abilities make MarMic students attractive scientists for international research teams, institutes, universities, and industry.

Programme Structure

  • The first year of the training program runs continuously from October until July of the following year with short breaks in December and in April. It combines intensive practical training in the research laboratories of the participating faculty with intensive theoretical training. 
  • Throughout the first year, current topics in marine microbiology are taught by internationally renowned scientists in a comprehensive lecture series. Lecture topics are discussed in tutorials. During methods courses students learn fundamental techniques applied in current research and meet members of participating research groups. Subsequently, students carry out three independent research projects (laboratory rotations) of two months each in participating laboratories. Results of these projects are presented and discussed during a minisymposium. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 18 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • The program is intended for students holding a first degree (B.Sc. or equivalent) in biology, biochemistry, marine biology, oceanography, microbiology, chemistry, molecular biology, geology, biogeochemistry, bioinformatics or related fields. 
  • Applications will be considered even if the degree is not conferred until summer / fall of the year of application. 
  • The program is open for both domestic and foreign students. Students from universities that do not offer B.Sc. degrees may also qualify if their training is equivalent. 
  • Exceptionally qualified students can begin research for their Ph. D. thesis immediately, provided they have a M.Sc. or a Diplom / Staatsexamen. 

Tuition Fee

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  • As a general rule, tuition fees for German universities are paid by the German government. 
  • Registration fee: 380 Euro/semester

Living costs for Bremen

  • 738 - 1110 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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