Goals of the Master's programme
The Master's programme in Biology has the following general learning outcomes for students:
a. Acquire knowledge, skills and insights in the relevant field of study.
b. Develop academic competences.
c. Prepare for their future career.
d. Strengthen qualifications in the area of independent academic research.
e. With regard to the specialisation Science, Management and Innovation, acquire knowledge, insight and skills in relevant areas of business administration, policy sciences and social beta themes.
f. With regard to the specialisation Science in Society, acquire knowledge, insight and skill in relevant areas of media, knowledge transfer and social interaction.
g. With regard to the specialisation Science and Education, acquire additional teaching competences.
In addition to the general learning outcomes described above, the Master's programme in Biology trains students to achieve the following learning outcomes upon graduation:
a. Capable, based on broad and up-to-date knowledge of biological and/or biomedical processes, in combination with specialist knowledge (theories, methods, techniques) and research experience in at least one sub-specialisation of this field, of setting up and conducting research aimed at acquiring new knowledge and insight in this research area.
b. Capable of formulating new questions and hypotheses in the biological/ biomedical field, and familiar with the research methods and state-of-the-art techniques to solve them, taking into account available equipment and resources.
c. Capable of setting up and conducting scientific experiments in an independent manner, including the related controls, of using models and theories to explain the results, and of evaluating the results in terms of well-founded scientific conclusions.
d. Capable of independently identifying, critically reading and comprehending relevant, up-to-date international literature from different disciplines, of discriminating essential from non-essential information, and of integrating new information in his overall view on nature.
e. Capable of using concepts from different organisation levels in biology, in combination with those from physics, chemistry and mathematics, to solve a complex biological/ biomedical problem at a specific abstraction level.
f. Capable of writing down the results of a research project in the form of a Master’s thesis, in accordance with the standards of an academic article.
g. Capable of independent professional practice whereby, depending on the chosen variant, the emphasis is put on conducting fundamental scientific research (under supervision), or on transferring or applying existing scientific knowledge, thereby taking into account his own competences.
h. Capable of asking adequate questions with a critical and constructive attitude towards analysis and resolving of complex biological and/or biomedical problems.
i. Capable of defending his view and of critically evaluating other views in a scientific discussion.
j. Capable of presenting and discussing the results of a research project in the form of an oral presentation for experts and colleague students.
k. Capable of working in or leading a project team, including the making of plans, the distribution of tasks, the integration of sub-projects and the joint evaluation of results.
l. Capable of integrating ethical aspects in his professional practice, along with the ability to reflect on the potential implications for society.
m. Capable, through self-reflection and conversations with others, of assessing his own performance and possibilities on the labour market.