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Application and admission

Restricted admission

limited to 20 students

Admission Criteria

Admission regulations M.Sc.Ecology (in German)

A photo collage provides different research approaches in Ecology.
Different research approaches in Ecology

Corona-Update (from the University Executive Board)

  • As long as test centers are closed, you are allowed to use certified online solutions to get the required language certificate. Recommendations will follow.
  • Due to cancelled examinations, you may not be able to provide evidence of having obtained 135 ECTS at the application deadline, but you have to provide evidence of at least 3 credit points in Ecology.

Housing and costs

Housing and accomodation offers
Housing and accomodation offers
Costs, Fees, Sources of Funding and Scholarships
Costs, Fees, Sources of Funding and Scholarships

Selection process

If the number of applicants meeting the admission requirements exceeds the number of availabe study places - which is usually the case - the Master's Selection Board will rank the applications, up to 100 points may be awarded for an application.

The Master's Selection Board will evaluate complete and correct applications according to the ranking criteria.
The Master's Selection Board will evaluate complete and correct applications according to the ranking criteria.

up to 50 points: Overall grade of previous degree, or average grade achieved up to time of application (min. 135 CP). A ranking list of applicants is drawn up on the basis of their grades.

up to 30 points: Related subjects in Ecology, studied in previous degree courses, or related professional or other experience.

up to 20 points: Letter of Motivation stating reasons for your interest in the programme, written in English.

Questions referring to the programme

If you are unsure, whether the content of your degree program is sufficiently suitable for the Master's programme or should there still be any further questions to the Master programme itself, please do not hesitate to address

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Online Application

Applications must be submitted online, prior to the closing date and together with all necessary admission requirements. Applicants must apply via the central online application portal of the University of Bremen (MOIN).

The online application form will be active 6 weeks before the application deadline. Your application is only valid for the semester you have selected.

Applications may (and should) already be submitted before the previous study degree (i.e. usually B.Sc.) has been finished, if at least 135 ECTS have been obtained, equivalent to the work load of 4.5 semesters (note: Corona-Update). In those cases, admission can be granted on the condition that the previous degree will be successfully finished by September, 30th.

The certificate of language proficiency is furnished at the latest two weeks after the beginning of the master courses. In this case the relevant documents and certificates are to be handed in by 31 December of that year (note: Corona-Update).

The newly designed university online information network for all students of the University of Bremen.
The newly designed university online information network for all students of the University of Bremen.

Application documents

At the time of application, you must provide a current overview of grades and course work (study schedule/ transcript of records) and, if already available, proof of having been awarded your degree. You have to upload the following documents:

  • Certificate of Bachelor degree or official academic transcript of Study Records of your Bachelor studies. i.e. a list of successfully studied courses completed at your home university (inlcuding duration, final grades, graduation scheme), in English or German
  • Detailed and current curriculum vitae (CV), written in English
  • Letter of Motivation, explaining your interest for enrollment in the Master of Ecology programme, written in English
  • Proof of sufficient English language skills, in English
  • Any additional documents or relevant qualifications, such as internships or academic awards, written in German or English

Application Deadline

April 30 for winter semester

Further questions about the application procedure?

Please check the Master's Portal of the University of Bremen for answers concerning your online application (registration, upload of documents etc.). You will find answers to frequently asked questions at the FAQ of the Master's Portal.

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Please take note

Documents for application

You apply WITHOUT CERTIFIED COPIES of your documents! Only in case of admission you have to hand in certified hardcopies.

Verification in two steps

After the application deadline your application will undergo two consecutive checks. At first the Secretariat for Students International (SfSI) will check if your application is complete and correct.

If your application is incomplete or incorrect, you will not be included into the following selection procedure. Instead you will receive a notification from the SfS International indicating that you are rejected and why.

At this stage, you cannot correct your application anymore nor deliver any missing documents.

But, if the criteria of the first step are met, your application will be forwarded to the Master's Selection Board for final evaluation according to the ranking criteria of the programme.

The Selection Board of the Master's programme Ecology will meet as soon as possible, latest early in June to evaluate all applications.
After having received the final ranking list for the Master's programme Ecology the SfS International will inform you whether your application has been successful or not.

Start of Study


In case of success you will get a notification of admission by email via the MOIN portal.

Please take note of the conditions and deadlines contained in the notification. If requested you have to submit the requested further paper documents (until the deadline stated in the admission note!). If you do not submit the respective documents within the specified deadline or, if they are not correctly certified, you will not be enrolled.

You confirm acceptance by paying semester fee. Please consider the specified deadline for paying!

Check your status online

The Selection procedure will take some time (usually 6-8 weeks after the application deadline).
Using your online registration login in MOIN, you can check the status of your application at any time.


Please take note

Documents for enrollment

  • Copies of original certificates must be VALIDATED.
  • Certificates in other languages than German or English must be TRANSLATED into German or English.
  • ORIGINAL documents will NOT be ACCEPTED, please do not send any!
  • Please bring the documents PERSONALLY for the enrollment process at the university. Do not send any!

Getting ready for Bremen

While still at home you should prepare and obtain

  • passport valid for the entire period to be spent in Germany (otherwise you will have to go home in-between to renew it)
  • notification of enrollment or admission letter from the University Bremen
  • Proof of financial resources (secure livelihood)
  • Visa (not a tourist visa)
  • proof of health insurance (if your current health insurance is recognised in Germany!)

You will need the originals and certified translations of the following documents
(ask the German embassy for accepted translaters and certification of copies)

  • Birth certificate
  • Secondary school leaving certificate
  • Possibly your academic qualifications
  • Language diplomas

and if there is one

  • a book of vaccination certificates (Enquire at the German consulates if you need any vaccinations)
  • an international driving licence
The town hall of Bremen, UNESCO World heritage since 2004.
The town hall of Bremen, UNESCO World heritage since 2004.

Useful things to take with you

  • Medicines you need
  • Some German cash for your arrival
  • Recent biometric photographs (e.g. for residence permit or registration as a citizen of Bremen)
  • A power plug and possibly a voltage converter for electric appliances (in Germany: 230V/50Hz)

Arrival in Bremen

Welcome event for all freshers of the faculty

At the very beginning of your studies in Germany we invite all freshers of our master programmes to an official welcome event!

After short introductions into the 5 international master programmes and 1 German Master in Chemistry by the programme coordinators, we will tell you some important and interesting facts about the faculty's structure, administration and culture. To get into contact with each other, the official part of the event will be followed by speed meeting, different campus tours and a jigsaw puzzle competition. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

At the end of an hopefully inspiring get-together a big world map will show the cultural diversity of our freshers who are part of a big international community in this faculty!

MSc Ecology Welcome week

The week before your lectures start students of the previous year will organize a welcome week for all incoming students. They will help you with the formalities on campus and support you in dealing with administration and immatrikulation. The welcome week tutors will contact you in September via email and let you know the schedule for the week.

Master students from all over the world come together.
Master students from all over the world come together.

Start of the programme

Start of introductory courses and optional German language training for international students:

September 28 for winter term 2020/21

Start of classes: October 19 for winter term 2020/21


Formalities for International Students

After arrival in Bremen

  • you have to register as a citizenwithin two weeks after moving into your accomodation (Residents Registration Office/ Einwohnermeldeamt)
    For registering as a citizen you need an official certificate of your landlord.
  • you must apply for a residence permit at the latest four weeks before the expiry date of the entry / study visa

You can do both, applying for a residence permit and registering as a citizen of Bremen, on the campus at the Bremen Service University (BSU).

Students of the previous year may help you with these formalities.