Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
COS Heidelberg Banner

Master Molecular Biosciences

 

 

Welcome to

the Major Evolution & Ecology (EvolEcol)

 

 

Why studying topics such as Evolution and Ecology?

 

"The scientific discipline of Ecology is dynamic, steeped in historical tradition, but adapting to its changing environment and building its own ecological network of interactions with other disciplines. What is ecology, what have some of its high points been, and, most important, where is it going? All of us on planet earth today, not just scientists, need to know the answers. Society has become increasingly aware that we are losing crucial parts of our ecosystem, and that the activities of human beings are threatening the sustainability of the biosphere as a life-support system for humanity” (Simon A. Levin, ecologist).

In a similar way, the scientific discipline of Evolution lays the foundation of our understanding of the world. “Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution!“ (Theodosius Dobzhansky; famous evolutionary biologist, 1900-1975) Of course, we have to know details on “how something is functioning”, but finally we have to address the question how and why biological systems are changing over time. Nowadays, also Evolutionary biology is a bridging discipline integrating various disciplines ranging from natural to social sciences. And, as a logical consequence of the major impact of both disciplines, the intersection between them emerged as a new discipline quite recently – Evolutionary Ecology. It approaches the study of ecology in a way that explicitly considers the evolutionary histories of species and the interactions between them. Conversely, it can be seen as an approach to the study of evolution that incorporates an understanding of the interactions between the species under consideration. In fact, the intimate relationship between evolution and ecology is mirrored by the fact that the United Nations declared the period from 2011 to 2020 the “UN Decade of Biodiversity”.

Heidelberg is most famous for its concentration of world-class biomedical research laboratories, but it is also home to a very active and growing community of researchers with a strong focus on organismal biology mostly based at the Centre for Organismal Studies (COS). All researchers involved in teaching of the Evolution & Ecology Major employ state-of-the-art methods in various fields of evolutionary and ecological research as well as related disciplines. Your MSc with a Major in Evolution & Ecology will qualify you not only for a career in various fields, but intends to broaden your perspectives and help you to see biology in a multidimensional way.

However, the major focus is on "biodiversity, systematics and evolution" with a strong link to the environment and "aquatic ecotoxicology".

 

Have fun and learn how nature is creating and shaping biodiversity!

 


 

Contact

Application and information:

Detailed information for admission procedure and required skills are available from the faculties homepage (http://www.uni-heidelberg.de/fakultaeten/biowissenschaften/studium/studiengang/mbiomsc/).

For entering the Evolution & Ecology study program not only respective English language skills are needed and mandatory, but we also have to require substantial skills with the German language (speaking and listening; writing is less important). Please do not forget to demonstrate these skills with your submitted documents, since this will be an important aspect for ranking your application.

 

For questions concerning the Major Evolution & Ecology contact:
 

Prof. Dr. Marcus Koch

EvolEcol Major Director (Evolution)
Centre for Organismal Studies Heidelberg (COS)
University of Heidelberg
Im Neuenheimer Feld 345
D-69120 Heidelberg
Germany
Phone: (49) 6221-544655(49) 6221-544655
Fax: (49) 6221-545508
Email

 

apl. Prof. Dr. Thomas Braunbeck

EvolEcol Major Director (Ecology)
Centre for Organismal Studies Heidelberg (COS)
University of Heidelberg
Im Neuenheimer Feld 504
D-69120 Heidelberg
Germany
Phone: (49) 6221-545668(49) 6221-545668
Fax: (49) 6221-546162
Email
 

Claudia Hauber

EvolEcol Major Administrative Office
Centre for Organismal Studies Heidelberg (COS)
University of Heidelberg
Im Neuenheimer Feld 345
D-69120  Heidelberg
Germany
Phone: (49) 6221-544675(49) 6221-544675
Fax: (49) 6221-545508
Email
 

Address general questions related to the MSc/PhD program Molecular Biosciences to:

Faculty of Biosciences
Im Neuenheimer Feld 234
D-69120 Heidelberg
Germany
Phone: (49) 6221 54 5640(49) 6221 54 5640
Fax: (49) 6221 54 4953
Email
Webpage

 


/var/www/cos/ / http://www.cos.uni-heidelberg.de/ Master Molecular Biosciences