Master's Program "Geo- and Paleobiology" LMU Munich

next application deadlines: non-EU students: 31.1.2014 / EU students: 31.5.2014

Applications invited for the Master's program "Geobiology and Paleobiology" (MGAP) at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich (Germany)*

The Master's program "Geobiology and Paleobiology" (MGAP) is a consecutive, research-focussed, two-year Master of Science program at the Faculty of Geosciences of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich, in collaboration with researchers of the Bavarian Natural History Collections and the GeoBio-Center @ LMU.

MGAP aims to provide students with a comprehensive introduction into the interdisciplinary research fields of geobiology and paleobiology to prepare them forcareers in science and beyond.

The MGAP program is based oninterdisciplinary, research-oriented courses in geo- and biosciences that address patterns and processes of the evolution of life and its habitats on our planet. Principal topics are evolutionary and environmental geobiology and paleobiology, supported by courses in complementary areas e.g., bioinformatics, statistics, sedimentology.

The module-based curriculum provides an integrative approach facilitated by experts in different areas of expertise. Students will learn and acquire routines with a wide range of scientific methods such as modern techniques in molecular biology, fieldwork, collection management, comparative morphology & phylogeny, bioinformatics, statistics and (paleo-) biodiversity assessments. Students will learn independent scientific work in individual and intensively supervised research projects at early stages of the curriculum.

A mentoring program offers further guidance and support throughout the studies.

*MGAP in brief*

- International Master's program in Geobiology and Paleobiology (Master of Science, M.Sc.) at the LMU Munich

- 2 years, 4 semesters, start in October (winter semester)

- All courses taught in English

- Courses are combined in Modules


Course total: 120 credit points (ECTS)

More information is available on the program's website


For admission to the winter semester 2014/2015 (courses start early-October 2014) please note the following application deadlines:

non-EU students: January 31, 2014

EU students: May 31, 2014

Please send requests regarding the MGAP program ONLY to the email listed on the webpage mentioned above.


The Department of Earth- and Environmental Sciences (Division of Palaeontology & Geobiology) of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich offers an excellent multidisciplinary research and learning environment, one of its particular strength being the close interaction between Geosciences, the Biological Faculty, and the Bavarian Natural History collections (<>) in the framework of the GeoBioCenter @ LMU (<>).

The LMU Munich is the leading research university in Germany, with a more than 500-year-long tradition, and builds upon its success in the Excellence Initiative, a Germany-wide competition promoting top-level university research. LMU Munich also has been successful in the "Qualitätspakt Lehre" intitative by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) to promote innovative teaching and learning. Munich has also been repeatedly voted Germany's most livable city.

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