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

next application deadlines: non-EU students: 31.1.2015 / EU students: 31.5.2015

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 for careers in science and beyond.

The MGAP program is based on interdisciplinary, research-oriented courses that address patterns and processes of evolutionary and environmental geobiology and paleobiology, supported by courses in complementary areas e.g., bioinformatics and statistics.

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

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 the winter semester 2015-2016 (courses start mid-October), application dates are as follows:

1. January 31, 2015 for international students (non-EU students and EU students (non-German)), applications are possible now:

2. February 15 to May 31, 2015 for EU students (including German students).

All applications have to be submitted via an online submission portal:

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" initiative 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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