Please note: The following information is provided without guarantee, only the applicable regulations are legally binding.
Yes, there is an orientation guide for the preparation of the Master's thesis.
<link file:311312 up-document-link>To the guideline
Contact persons in the master program EEC are listed <link up-internal-link>here.
In addition to the EEC websites, an <link up-internal-link>introductory event will be held at the Maulbeerallee location at the beginning of each semester (usually the introductory week, ie the week before the start of the lecture). The structure and organization of the study as well as contents of the module manual are presented. Each site workgroup is usually present with at least one representative.
The courses are booked during the enrollment week via PULS (online service for study planning and study organization of the University of Potsdam). The enrollment week takes place the week before the lecture starts.
Students who do not yet have a Potsdam University Chip Card (PUCK) can enroll later, but they should express their desire to participate in the first lecture week to the course organizers or lecturers.
Note that enrolling for an individual course at the beginning of the semester is not the same as signing up for the module end-of-semester exam! Registration for the module examination is a prerequisite for booking the examination. For specific questions, contact the module manager named in the module manual.
In principle, yes, although the Master in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation is offered as a full-time study program with a standard duration of four semesters and 120 credit points - and the courses are designed accordingly. We can not fully recommend part-time studies because of the seasonality of many practical courses dealing with live organisms. It can lead to substantial time delays. Purely legally a part-time study in execution of a secondary occupation is possible. An application for part-time study must be submitted to the Department of Student Affairs. The application is accompanied by a leaflet from which you can find more detailed information. For further information, please refer to the <link https: www.uni-potsdam.de en studium studying organizing-your-studies part-time-study.html up-internal-link link im neuen fenster>central pages of the university.
A detailed description can be found in the applicable general or subject-specific admission regulations for the degree program EEC (see link on page <link up-internal-link>Application and Admission).
Please note: This Masterprogramme demands a solid preknowledge in organism biology. Candidates with purely technical or engineering Bachelor degree CANNOT be accepted!
For detailed information, please refer to the instructions and use the links shown under <link up-internal-link>'Application and Admission'.
A letter of motivation is not compulsory, but in case of career changes useful.
This is not necessarily necessary, but useful for degrees that were not completed at the University of Potsdam. This applies especially to non-specialized biologists and career changers. The module description will be requested in English or German. Please also read the entry for higher education graduates and newcomers in this FAQ.
Yes, you can (please read the prerequisites for admission in the <link up-internal-link>subject-specific admission regulations, and provide a letter of motivation in your application). In any case, you need a first degree (B.Sc.) in natural sciences or related fields, e.g. agroscience, geoscience, or maths with at least 180 credit points. For newcomers to higher semesters, special conditions apply. Please inform yourself carefully reading the information for newcomers / career changers in this FAQ if you want to change your university and/or your career by applying for this master program.
Missing documents can be submitted later via the online application portal at Uni-Assist. To do this, you must log in using the LOGIN button with username and password.
Missing documents can be submitted later by the end of the enrollment period.
The data for the enrollment is transmitted via an online portal. There you also find information about deadlines.
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Detailed information can be found under: <link https: www.uni-potsdam.de en studium application-enrollment enrollment-master master.html up-internal-link link im neuen fenster>Application-Enrollment-Master.
For a change of university and study program to a higher semester, please read carefully the <link https: www.uni-potsdam.de en studium studying organizing-your-studies changingyourdegreeprogram.html up-internal-link link im neuen fenster>information pages of the UP on the topic of university change.
It is important that they do not apply online, but directly contact the Examination Board:
Step 1 Recognition of the performance and grading by the examination board in the respective semester. To do this, make an appointment with the Examining Board chairmen:
a.) Please print out the <link https: www.uni-potsdam.de studium konkret formulare anerkennung-von-leistungen.html up-internal-link link im neuen fenster>two grading and recognition forms and fill in your data as far as you can.
b.) Please add your Transcript of Records as well as
c.) a brief, informal letter to the Examining Board Chairperson requesting you to apply to the UP for the EEC Master's program after a change of university.
d.) After the appointment with the examination board, submit the documents (a-c) to the student secretariat. Recognition of study credits may also take place later after admission within 4 weeks (see step 4 below), so if you are in time pressure you can reset this form a bit.
So always take care early and please note the deadlines mentioned <link https: www.uni-potsdam.de en studium dates-and-deadlines enrollmentdeadlines.html up-internal-link link im neuen fenster>here for submitting your documents!
Step 2 Enrollment in the Student Secretariat:
You can only enroll in the respective semester after receiving the admission letter from the examination board. The classification itself is not a study place guarantee.
If the admission letter and the confirmation of the acceptance of the place of study are available in the student secretariat, the bill of exchange is completed. Prerequisite for this is the receipt of the semester contribution.
You must present the proof of achievement from your previous studies (copy) and the application for recognition of study achievements (original!) Within 4 weeks after admission to the examination office of UP.
The specialization module (12 credits, corresponding to 360 hours of work including a report) serves to prepare the Master's thesis, but is not part of it. Usually it should be attended in the working group in which the master's thesis is prepared. However, it may also have a different orientation than the Master's thesis, so that students can acquire additional competences. In principle, it is possible to complete the specialization module in a non-university institution, but this must be agreed in advance with a person in charge of a specialization module in the degree program EEC, who will later register in PULS. This persons takes over the formal responsibility for the specialization module and can therefore make fulfilling requirements! The successful implementation must be confirmed by the external organization according to the specifications of the person responsible for the module. This certificate and, if applicable, the report must then be submitted to the person responsible for the module.
The specialization module can be graded as well as not graded.
Yes, that may be useful for individual scheduling. You have to attend the general seminar 15 times to get 1 LP.
You can compile different topics over several semesters.
In addition to the certificate you must submit a form that you can find <link http: www.uni-potsdam.de studium konkret formulare pruefungsbereich link im neuen fenster>here.
If you register on PULS for a course, you have to decide which official module this course is assigned to when you enter the TAN. Is this choice then binding or can the course be moved to another official module afterwards?
- The choice of the module when registering via PULS is binding. The choice can only be changed during the period of occupancy. Not later.
Please note §15 of the <link http: www.uni-potsdam.de am-up ambek-2013-03-035-055.pdf up-internal-link link im neuen fenster>general study and examination regulations and the<link http: www.uni-potsdam.de studium konkret formulare pruefungsbereich up-internal-link link im neuen fenster> general information of the University of Potsdam. The latter pages also describe the procedure and provide an application form.
As part of the standard period of study of the Master's program, up to 2 free trials without grading are possible (see study regulations). These must be notified to the Examination Board in writing within a period of 2 weeks after the announcement of the examination to be repeated (<link https: www.uni-potsdam.de fileadmin01 projects studium docs pruefungsbereich formular_freiversuch.pdf up-internal-link link im neuen fenster>link to the form).
If a module in PULS has been booked incorrectly (for example, in elective area A instead of B), this can only be changed by the examination office.
To do this, you submit an informal (signed) application to the <link up-internal-link>Examining Board Chairman EEC via the secretariat. After approval (return via secretariat), you can submit the amendment to the Examination Office.
Please note that the Examination Office does not automatically approve any amendment. In order to avoid later problems, the actual registration for module examinations must be done with great care!
As a rule, academic achievements are booked directly by the module coordinator/teacher in the online portal PULS.
Recognition of achievements in the compulsory elective area B (courses from the MNF) and C (courses from the entire university) or from abroad or professional qualifications:
Since 15.10.2019 this has been handled by the <link https: www.uni-potsdam.de de mnfakul studium-und-lehre beratung-und-formulare.html up-internal-link link im neuen fenster>Office for Studies and Teaching (GSL):
Students submit applications via the GSL, which forwards them to the examination committee chairperson, who fills in the application form and sends it back to the GSL. There the students accept the processed application and submit it together with the performance certificates to the examination office. At the Examination Office, the application is registered in PULS.
You can find the application for recognition of academic achievements in the search function on the website of the University of Potsdam or use the following<link https: www.uni-potsdam.de studium konkret formulare anerkennung-von-leistungen.html up-internal-link link im neuen fenster> link. A useful information sheet on recognition is also linked to this UP website.
In the application for recognition, please enter the title of the course in the respective line corresponding to the desired recognition - please make sure that the respective elective areas are correctly assigned.
Additionally required for recognition of achievements from abroad/ professional qualifications:
In the case of recognition from a stay abroad (A) or from a vocational qualification (B), please mark this with A or B in the column provided for this purpose in the above recognition form.
In addition, an excerpt/ printout of the relevant module description for the performance of the foreign university to be recognised (i.e. not the entire module catalogue of the degree programme) is required for the processing of the recognition, as otherwise an assessment of equivalence is not possible. The same applies to the vocational qualifications to be recognised. Please bring these documents with you in addition to your appointment with the <link https: www.uni-potsdam.de de mnfakul studium-und-lehre beratung-und-formulare.html up-internal-link link im neuen fenster>Office for Studies and Teaching.
[In the case of entry A, please also print out the attachment to the application for recognition in PULS under "My stays abroad" - you only need this for submission to the Examination Office (!!). If the corresponding stay abroad is not yet displayed, please enter it. After registration, the attachment to the application for recognition can be printed out. Before submitting the application to the Examination Office, please enter the examination numbers of the recognized services.]
Recognition of non-university achievements: In principle, no (un)paid internships or professional achievements will be recognised as a substitute for seminar or module achievements in the MÖEN programme (unless they are declared as internships in the module and part of the programme). In justified exceptional cases, extensive achievements may be recognised by the examination board as a substitute for complete modules; the recognition of smaller partial achievements must be agreed with the module coordinator/teacher. For example, the missing courses must be taken and the examination results (e.g. written exam, oral examination) must be achieved in order to successfully complete the module. In the vast majority of cases, the effort required to generate the corresponding credit points and marks from job references and/or non-university certificates of achievement is not in proportion to the extent of the recognisable achievements.
Please note that you CANNOT revoke any recognition that has already been submitted to the Examination Office.
Recognition of academic achievements in the compulsory elective area B: 6LP instead of 8LP
In the module manual, modules that have 6 LPs are generally assigned to elective range C, even if they originate from MNF and can therefore also be assigned to range B. The modules that have 6 LPs are also assigned to elective range C in the module manual. This is regulated in this way because LPs must be provided in range C 6 and LPs in range B 8. A recognition of modules with a performance range of 6 LP is possible in WPM B if you submit an additional performance record for at least 2 LPs.
Exception: Recognition of modules "Applied Ecology
There is one module each with 4LP, 6LP and 8LP scope.
In all these modules, academic achievements can be recognised, both if they were achieved within the course of study and at other universities.
The conditions for recognition are a) that the course is actually in the field of scientific ecology, b) that the course has been completed in the field of scientific ecology, c) that the course has been completed in the field of scientific ecology, d) that the course has been completed in the field of scientific ecology, e) that the course has been completed in the field of scientific ecology, f) that the course has been completed in the field of scientific ecology, g) that the course has been completed in the field of scientific ecology, h) that the course has been completed in the field of scientific ecology, i) that the course has been completed in the field of scientific ecology.
General information about studying abroad can be found <link https: www.uni-potsdam.de en international outgoing going-abroad.html up-internal-link link im neuen fenster>here.
In any case, it is recommended to obtain information about the recognition of academic achievements (see below) before studying abroad (eg Studienberatung PD, Dr. Thilo Heinken) and to conclude a Learning Agreement.
The submission of the documents takes place analogously to the recognition of study and examination achievements through the <link https: www.uni-potsdam.de de mnfakul studium-und-lehre beratung-und-formulare anerkennung-von-leistungen.html up-internal-link link im neuen fenster>GSL!
Information on the feedback (bank details, intended purpose, etc.) can be found under:<link https: www.uni-potsdam.de en studium studying organizing-your-studies re-registration.html link im neuen fenster> Re-registration.
The work may take place in departments of a university lecturer involved in the teaching of the EEC course or, after obtaining the approval of the examination board, in a university or non-university research institute operating in a field relevant to the master program. Supervisors and second reviewers are two independent PhD scholars. At least one of them must be a university teacher (PD or Prof.). Please coordinate in advance with a supervisor / examiner in the course of study EEC for planned external master theses!
The Master thesis is always submitted in writing via the secretariat of Ms. Kaminski. Two forms are required for registration:
1. Please download the following form, fill in and sign it completely in the secretariat and pick it up again.
Please note: The topic has to be registered by the candidate within one week after signing by the exam committee chairman at the study office (examination office). In culpable failure, a new topic must be registered!
2. The overview of the academic achievements. Registration for the thesis is only possible if you have already completed 3/4 of your course work. This corresponds to (excl. the MA thesis) 67.5 LP!
You will receive an overview of your achievements via PULS as follows:
· Meine Funktionen
Under the menu item "My Services" you will find all the achievements that you have provided in your current degree programs, have been recognized by you or are still open in the evaluation, listed by subject and examination number. With the "Generate PDF" button, you can download a performance overview for the respective degree program as a PDF document, then save and print it.
If modules are not yet completed, please additionally submit the original certificates for partial module already provided. You will submit the printout of your performances ("Scheine") together with the application form for the assignment of topics (see the linked form under point 1) to the secretary:
Kerstin Wachowiak (secretary)
Unit of Evolutionary Biology/Systematic Zoology
Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 24-25, Haus 26
Phone: +49 (0) 331 - 977 5253 | +49 (0) 331 - 977 5070
Please use the following forms:
<link file:70020>Protocol template
<link http: www.uni-potsdam.de studium konkret formulare pruefungsbereich verteidigung>Notification of grading
Please note: Both documents must be forwarded by the supervisor to the Examinations Office.
The defense is in English for all students starting from WiSe 2019/20 onwards. As part of the internationalization of the study program from WiSe 2019/20 onwards, all exams, as well as the Master's defense, in the Master's program Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation will then be held in English.
For students before winter semester 2019/20: the defense takes place in German. Until the winter semester 2019/2020, MOEN is a German-language study program.
The student has to put together a commission and make an appointment with this for the defense. Since there is always confusion here: please read attentively the examination regulations!
For the defense you need at least 3 people with a Dr. title, but not necessarily habilitated PDs or professors. Of these 3 people, at least one reviewer should be in the master's thesis and at least one should be a doctoral candidate in the degree program EEC. Note: the reviewer present in the defense can either be the first or the second reviewer. In any case: At least one of your reviewers must have a habilitation, i.e. a Prof or a PD, but he / she does not necessarily have to be present at the defense.
Common example: Your (habilitated) primary reviewer may not be present at the defense, and your second reviewer only has a doctorate, nevertheless, the Commission has a quorum if a total of three doctoral researchers are present at the defense, provided that the above mentioned criteria are all met. When choosing your reviewers, please also note that they belong to different working groups. A selection of three reviewers from the same working group (i.e. 3 reviewers from the working group e.g. Biodiversity Research are not allowed!)
When you have found the appointment, ask Ms. Kaminski (biodiversityuuni-potsdampde, Tel. 0331-977 1914 | 0331-977 1977) to find a room for the defense. If so, report the title, composition, date and location of the PA Chairperson through Ms Kaminski office using this form. The PA chairperson has to approve the proposal for the Examination Board, and Ms. Kaminski will then take care of the public notice, to which the study regulations oblige.
Please note the following:
The defense can only take place in the rooms of the University of Potsdam.
The defense consists of about a 20 minutes talk as well as a 30-minute discussion / questioning by the examining board. The survey is logged. The examination committee awards a joint grade.
According to the general study and examination regulations, an extension of up to one month is possible for important reasons and with the consent of the supervisor. For this purpose, an informal application (signed by the candidate and the supervisor) to the Examining Board Chair EEC must be submitted via the secretariat.
After approval, the application for renewal is submitted by the candidate to the examination office. Please note: the possibility of a prolongation of up to 3 months provided for in the subject-specific regulations will be overruled by the general regulations from their validity.
The university intern practice portal offers students and alumni of the UP an employment exchange with internships and job offers as well as fixed cooperation internships with partner institutions abroad. A supplementary information portal provides information about internships, applications and the job market: see <link http: www.uni-potsdam.de praxisportal>www.uni-potsdam.de/praxisportal
In addition to the practice portal, the Career Service also helps to deal with the transition to the world of work while studying and to find your own career path. Trainings, personal counseling and various events with practitioners from different work contexts give an insight into professional practice: see <link http: www.uni-potsdam.de career-service>www.uni-potsdam.de/career-service
1. Formation of the final grade
If students have taken more elective courses, they have time to decide which completed modules are to be included in the final grade by means of a so-called grade picking process before submitting their final thesis.
If the student has not been nominated when submitting the final paper, the compulsory elective modules count in the order of their completion (priority principle) until the required number of compulsory elective credit points has been achieved. For more information, see page 37 <link https: www.uni-potsdam.de fileadmin01 projects studium docs kommentierung_bama-o_studierende_2013.pdf>
2. Presentation of additional benefits on certificate
The additional benefits are not displayed on the certificate, but only on the transcript of records, which is also part of the final documents.
PD Dr. Thilo Heinken
Telefon: +49 331 977-4854
Institut für Biochemie und Biologie
Campus Am Neuen Palais
Campus Am Neuen Palais
Telefon: +49 331 977-1715