(photo by Sebastian Teichert and Chris Schulbert)

Program Outlines


  • The program is organized in semesters with lecturing between mid-October to mid-February (winter semester), and mid-April to end-June (summer semester).
  • The master program consists of four semesters with 30 credit points (ECTS) each.
  • The entire program is held in English, and it is taught by an international staff. Additional courses are available in German.
  • Normally, 3 semesters are spent with regular coursework, the last semester is dedicated to the Master thesis.
  • In addition to the regular courses, students must take supplementary courses that include including field excursions and block courses.
Kuppen, Gotland (photo by Axel Munnecke)

Important details

  • Students finishing the program will earn a ‘Master’s degree in Geosciences’.
  • Our international paleobiology program is integrated into the Earth Sciences (Geowissenschaften M.Sc.) master curriculum (Studiengang)
  • In this master curriculum, students have to choose one major (Hauptstudienrichtung) and one minor subject (Nebenstudienrichtung). Formally, participation in the program described here means enrollent in the Paleobiology-Paleoenvironments major and in the Climate and Earth System minor.
  • The major Paleobiology-Paleoenvironments provides a theoretical framework in macroevolution, ecology, paleoenvironmental reconstruction, and statistical analysis.
  • The minor Climate and Earth Systems consists of the individual field- and specimen-based projects and provides students with skills such as preparation of funding applications, scientific writing, and communication, as well as environmental and geochemical background for interdisciplinary cooperations.
  • The major Paleobiology and Paleoenvironments can be also combined with a different minor in the Master in Geoscience program offered at FAU, such as applied sedimentology or petrology - but these are currently offered only in German.
A polished ammonite specimen from our collection. (photo: FAU)

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