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Mathematics, Natural Sciences

Study Biology in Germany

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Out of all the natural sciences subjects, biology is the most popular. Your studies will deal with all life that exists on earth. This includes microorganisms such as bacteria, but also fungi, animals, and plants at all stages of development: from molecular structures, proteins, individual cells, visible tissues, organs, complex, multicellular organisms, and organ systems, all the way to complete ecosystems.


101 Higher Education Institutions

Bachelor, Master, Magister, State Examination

German, English

2-10 Semesters

What content can I expect

Biology is a diverse field of study that encompasses many different subject areas:

  • Anthropobiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysics
  • Botany
  • Human biology, biomedicine
  • Marine biology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular biology
  • Ecology
  • Zoology

No matter which subject you decide to study, your classes and seminars will not deal exclusively with biology. Especially in the early semesters, you will learn the basics of other natural sciences such as physics, chemistry, and mathematics.
If you want to study biology, you should be interested in scientific issues and enjoy practical experiments, e.g., with microscopes. Since the subject is quite popular, the degree programmes often have a local admission restriction, a so-called “numerus clausus” or NC. Since biology in the classical sense can only be studied at universities, you need a general higher education entrance qualification (the Germany Abitur or an international equivalent). Some universities also require a separate aptitude test to assess your scientific abilities.
Graduates, especially ones with a PhD, can find jobs in research at higher education institutions or public research institutes. There are also potential jobs in the private sector, e.g., in the pharmaceutical or food industry, in public institutions (museums, botanical gardens, or zoos), and in planning authorities. However, you should be aware that starting a career as a biologist can be quite difficult.

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