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Marine Microbiology

Marine Microbiology

Master

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Marine Science Education: Microorganisms in the ocean are fundamentally important for a sustainable biosphere. They directly influence our environment and our climate. They have key functions in maintaining global elemental cycles (like carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur), yet we have only fragmentary understanding of the diversity and function of microbial life in our oceans. The study of marine microbiology involves research of fundamental issues such as the evolution of life, the functioning of marine food webs, global climate change, the fate of pollu... more » more »


Basic data

Title on graduation

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Standard course length

3 Semester

ECTS-Credits

sole subject
120CP

Language of delivery (mainly)

English

Admission requirements

For inclusion in a master's degree is the completion of studies at the Bachelor's level requirement.
The subject-specific entry requirements are set out in the current Aufnahme-/Zulassungsordnung (admission regulations).
It also includes the different deadlines for the provision of evidence.

More information at Application and enrolment

Enrolment for new students

for winter semester

A limited number of university places. Further information regarding the specific enrolment procedure in the German "Zulassungs-/Aufnahmeordnung".

Deadlines for applications/enrolment

15.03.

Enrolment for advanced students

DESCRIPTION OF SUBJECT

Marine Science Education: Microorganisms in the ocean are fundamentally important for a sustainable biosphere. They directly influence our environment and our climate. They have key functions in maintaining global elemental cycles (like carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur), yet we have only fragmentary understanding of the diversity and function of microbial life in our oceans. The study of marine microbiology involves research of fundamental issues such as the evolution of life, the functioning of marine food webs, global climate change, the fate of pollutants, and the biodiversity of the ocean. In terms of educational policy, the students will be provided with the possibility to qualify on an elevated level within the research field of marine microbiology. The broad and profound education will enable the students to find innovative approaches for environmental problems, as well as to contribute to fundamental marine science. For further details visit our website: www.marmic.mpg.de

OCCUPATIONAL FIELDS AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Subsequent non-teaching occupational fields

The main occupational activities of our graduates are found at universities, administration (authorities, politics), industry, medicine, consulting companies, associations, environmental organizations, and in further education.

Teacher training (Lehramt)

No courses available for students training to be teachers at state-run schools

Possibilities for additional qualifications

The classes focus on scientific aspects as a preparation for a PhD.

OBJECTIVES AND CONTENTS OF PROGRAM

Detailed list of available courses in online course prospectus

Stages of study / curricula / description of modules

The students should familiarize themselves with the latest approaches and modern scientific methods of marine research in general, focusing on marine microbiology and molecular ecology, as well as biogeochemistry.  Examine the interaction of microorganisms, including their biodiversity, with the global biosphere, especially the oceans of the world. Theoretically as well as practically they are taught to analyse, describe, and understand the complexity of microbial networking, element cycles, biogeochemistry and the consequences of microbial activity for the fate of our oceans.

Course schedule

The first year at marmic consists of an intensive 30 hours per week. The goal is to give students the theoretical and practical tools they need for their future research in the field of marine microbiology.
In years 2 - 4 students work on their Ph.D thesis in a research group of the MPI-MM, the University of Bremen, the AWI or the Jacobs University.
Courses in areas relevant to the research of the Ph.D. students are offered as 2 - 3 day workshops or in the form of weekly seminars and are taught by marmic faculty members and leading international scientists. Some of the courses offered are: Statistics in microbial ecology, Thermodynamics workshop, How to design an experiment, Sequencing and sequence analysis workshop, Deep sea ecology and in situ experimentation, Fluid dymanics workshop, or How to write grant proposals.

Compulsory, elective and optional

Because of the fast track character (18 months/120 credits) of this study program all offered courses and lectures are mandatory. For lab rotations different topics and projects are offered. Students have to choose 3 of them in different fields, which include biogeochemistry, molecular ecology, symbiosis, and
microbiology.

Typical course types

The program consists of a theoretical and practical training with lectures, tutorials, practical courses, laboratory rotations, workshops and seminars.

Major fields

Marine sciences, microbiology, molecular biology, bioinformatics, symbiosis, biogeochemistry, element cycles, molecular biology

Practical

Lab rotations in different fields of marine sciences

Study abroad

Available upon request and with cooperating research institutions.

Exams forms

At the end of year one, students take their final exams, consisting of a written test based on the lecture series, and two oral exams based on practical courses and laboratory rotations.The successful completion of these examinations are prerequisites for starting the master thesis.

Particularities

Fast track study program with only 3 semester leading to the master degree and possibility of continuing with PhD studies directly, if the performance meets the required standards.

APPLICATION AND ENROLMENT

Recommended abilities/ target groups/ requirements placed on students

Prerequisites for an application are the proof of 180 ECTS as well as the successful completion of a Bachelor's degree, preferably in the fields of microbiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, biogeochemistry, chemistry, bioinformatics or marine sciences.

Admission requirements

For inclusion in a master's degree is the completion of studies at the Bachelor's level requirement.
The subject-specific entry requirements are set out in the current Aufnahme-/Zulassungsordnung (admission regulations).
It also includes the different deadlines for the provision of evidence.

Admission regulations

Admission

for new students

A limited number of university places. Further information regarding the specific enrolment procedure in the German "Zulassungs-/Aufnahmeordnung".


for advanced students

admittance limited


Deadline for application (beginner)

  • 15.03. for winter semester

Beginning of course for new students

WiSe

Particularities admission

Admission follows a two-stage process, formal written application and interview. Based on the written applications, suitable applicants are chosen according to the criteria of the admission regulations for a personal interview. On the basis of these interviews as well as the formal written application the decision is taken by the admission and examination board.

FORMALITIES

Type of studies

postgraduate studies

Time involved

full time study

Studies as

sole subject

Degree/qualification

Master

Title on graduation

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Standard course length

3 Semester

ECTS-Credits

sole subject
120CP

Accreditation


by: AAQ
from: 16.09.2016

Federal law on support in education

3 Semester

Costs

Semester fee 382,67 €

Bremen has a study account model (Studienkontengesetz).

Language of delivery (mainly)

English

Regulations

Examination regulations
Admission regulations

RESEARCH AND TEACHING

Expertise

Main fields of teaching as well as of research are:

Marine Microbiology
Marine Botany
Marine Chemistry
Marine Geology
Marine Physics
Molecular Ecology
Marine Viruses and Symbiosis
Biogeochemistry
Bioinformatics
Oceanography
Molecular Genetics
Biodiversity
Statistics

Teachers

The faculty comprises more than 20 professors from the field of marine research at Bremen's universities (University of Bremen, Jacobs University, University of Applied Sciences Bremen) and institutes (Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Alfred Wegener Institute, Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research). In addition, a large number of postdocs and doctoral students are involved in daily laboratory practice and supervision of our students.

Collaborations

Jacobs-University Bremen

Alfred Wegener Institute: Bremerhaven, Potsdam, Helgoland

Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiologie, Bremen

Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research, Bremen

CONTACT AND COUNSELLING

Departmental counseling

Christiane Glöckner
Building: GW2
Dr. Solveig Bühring
E-Mail: buehring(at)uni-bremen.de

Studies centre

Corinna Müller-Wiegmann
Building: NW2, Office: A1030
E-Mail: studienbuero.fb2(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218-62810
Dr. Ute Meyer
Building: NW2, Office: A1030
E-Mail: studienbuero.fb2(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218-62810

Faculty secretariat

Sylvia Köhler
Building: NW2, Office: PAV03
E-Mail: skoehler(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218-62803
Dr. Solveig Bühring
E-Mail: buehring(at)uni-bremen.de

Department secretariat

Ajmal Ataie
Building: GW2, Office: PAV 02
E-Mail: ataie(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218 - 62801

Examination’s Board secretariat

Sylvia Köhler
Building: NW2, Office: PAV03
E-Mail: skoehler(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218-62803
Dr. Solveig Bühring
E-Mail: buehring(at)uni-bremen.de

Status

16.04.2020
Description of subject

DESCRIPTION OF SUBJECT

Marine Science Education: Microorganisms in the ocean are fundamentally important for a sustainable biosphere. They directly influence our environment and our climate. They have key functions in maintaining global elemental cycles (like carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur), yet we have only fragmentary understanding of the diversity and function of microbial life in our oceans. The study of marine microbiology involves research of fundamental issues such as the evolution of life, the functioning of marine food webs, global climate change, the fate of pollutants, and the biodiversity of the ocean. In terms of educational policy, the students will be provided with the possibility to qualify on an elevated level within the research field of marine microbiology. The broad and profound education will enable the students to find innovative approaches for environmental problems, as well as to contribute to fundamental marine science. For further details visit our website: www.marmic.mpg.de

Occupational fields and career opportunities

OCCUPATIONAL FIELDS AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Subsequent non-teaching occupational fields

The main occupational activities of our graduates are found at universities, administration (authorities, politics), industry, medicine, consulting companies, associations, environmental organizations, and in further education.

Teacher training (Lehramt)

No courses available for students training to be teachers at state-run schools

Possibilities for additional qualifications

The classes focus on scientific aspects as a preparation for a PhD.

Objectives and contents of program

OBJECTIVES AND CONTENTS OF PROGRAM

Detailed list of available courses in online course prospectus

Stages of study / curricula / description of modules

The students should familiarize themselves with the latest approaches and modern scientific methods of marine research in general, focusing on marine microbiology and molecular ecology, as well as biogeochemistry.  Examine the interaction of microorganisms, including their biodiversity, with the global biosphere, especially the oceans of the world. Theoretically as well as practically they are taught to analyse, describe, and understand the complexity of microbial networking, element cycles, biogeochemistry and the consequences of microbial activity for the fate of our oceans.

Course schedule

The first year at marmic consists of an intensive 30 hours per week. The goal is to give students the theoretical and practical tools they need for their future research in the field of marine microbiology.
In years 2 - 4 students work on their Ph.D thesis in a research group of the MPI-MM, the University of Bremen, the AWI or the Jacobs University.
Courses in areas relevant to the research of the Ph.D. students are offered as 2 - 3 day workshops or in the form of weekly seminars and are taught by marmic faculty members and leading international scientists. Some of the courses offered are: Statistics in microbial ecology, Thermodynamics workshop, How to design an experiment, Sequencing and sequence analysis workshop, Deep sea ecology and in situ experimentation, Fluid dymanics workshop, or How to write grant proposals.

Compulsory, elective and optional

Because of the fast track character (18 months/120 credits) of this study program all offered courses and lectures are mandatory. For lab rotations different topics and projects are offered. Students have to choose 3 of them in different fields, which include biogeochemistry, molecular ecology, symbiosis, and
microbiology.

Typical course types

The program consists of a theoretical and practical training with lectures, tutorials, practical courses, laboratory rotations, workshops and seminars.

Major fields

Marine sciences, microbiology, molecular biology, bioinformatics, symbiosis, biogeochemistry, element cycles, molecular biology

Practical

Lab rotations in different fields of marine sciences

Study abroad

Available upon request and with cooperating research institutions.

Exams forms

At the end of year one, students take their final exams, consisting of a written test based on the lecture series, and two oral exams based on practical courses and laboratory rotations.The successful completion of these examinations are prerequisites for starting the master thesis.

Particularities

Fast track study program with only 3 semester leading to the master degree and possibility of continuing with PhD studies directly, if the performance meets the required standards.

Application and enrolment

APPLICATION AND ENROLMENT

Recommended abilities/ target groups/ requirements placed on students

Prerequisites for an application are the proof of 180 ECTS as well as the successful completion of a Bachelor's degree, preferably in the fields of microbiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, biogeochemistry, chemistry, bioinformatics or marine sciences.

Admission requirements

For inclusion in a master's degree is the completion of studies at the Bachelor's level requirement.
The subject-specific entry requirements are set out in the current Aufnahme-/Zulassungsordnung (admission regulations).
It also includes the different deadlines for the provision of evidence.

Admission regulations

Admission

for new students

A limited number of university places. Further information regarding the specific enrolment procedure in the German "Zulassungs-/Aufnahmeordnung".


for advanced students

admittance limited


Deadline for application (beginner)

  • 15.03. for winter semester

Beginning of course for new students

WiSe

Particularities admission

Admission follows a two-stage process, formal written application and interview. Based on the written applications, suitable applicants are chosen according to the criteria of the admission regulations for a personal interview. On the basis of these interviews as well as the formal written application the decision is taken by the admission and examination board.

Formalities

FORMALITIES

Type of studies

postgraduate studies

Time involved

full time study

Studies as

sole subject

Degree/qualification

Master

Title on graduation

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Standard course length

3 Semester

ECTS-Credits

sole subject
120CP

Accreditation


by: AAQ
from: 16.09.2016

Federal law on support in education

3 Semester

Costs

Semester fee 382,67 €

Bremen has a study account model (Studienkontengesetz).

Language of delivery (mainly)

English

Regulations

Examination regulations
Admission regulations
Research and teaching

RESEARCH AND TEACHING

Expertise

Main fields of teaching as well as of research are:

Marine Microbiology
Marine Botany
Marine Chemistry
Marine Geology
Marine Physics
Molecular Ecology
Marine Viruses and Symbiosis
Biogeochemistry
Bioinformatics
Oceanography
Molecular Genetics
Biodiversity
Statistics

Teachers

The faculty comprises more than 20 professors from the field of marine research at Bremen's universities (University of Bremen, Jacobs University, University of Applied Sciences Bremen) and institutes (Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Alfred Wegener Institute, Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research). In addition, a large number of postdocs and doctoral students are involved in daily laboratory practice and supervision of our students.

Collaborations

Jacobs-University Bremen

Alfred Wegener Institute: Bremerhaven, Potsdam, Helgoland

Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiologie, Bremen

Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research, Bremen

Contact and counselling

CONTACT AND COUNSELLING

Departmental counseling

Christiane Glöckner
Building: GW2
Dr. Solveig Bühring
E-Mail: buehring(at)uni-bremen.de

Studies centre

Corinna Müller-Wiegmann
Building: NW2, Office: A1030
E-Mail: studienbuero.fb2(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218-62810
Dr. Ute Meyer
Building: NW2, Office: A1030
E-Mail: studienbuero.fb2(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218-62810

Faculty secretariat

Sylvia Köhler
Building: NW2, Office: PAV03
E-Mail: skoehler(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218-62803
Dr. Solveig Bühring
E-Mail: buehring(at)uni-bremen.de

Department secretariat

Ajmal Ataie
Building: GW2, Office: PAV 02
E-Mail: ataie(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218 - 62801

Examination’s Board secretariat

Sylvia Köhler
Building: NW2, Office: PAV03
E-Mail: skoehler(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218-62803
Dr. Solveig Bühring
E-Mail: buehring(at)uni-bremen.de

Status

16.04.2020