Master Molecular Plant Science
You are fascinated by molecular biological research in the plant sciences? You are interested in learning in an international study group? You would like to work on current research projects and immediately apply what you have learned? You like to work independently and goal-oriented? Then welcome to the MoPS!
What should you bring with you?
Before starting the MoPS, you should already have acquired basic knowledge in molecular biology and/ or biochemistry and have gained experience in laboratory work, e.g. in the context of a Bachelor’s program in molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, biotechnology or biology with a molecular biology focus. Furthermore, you should have a good command of English, as your daily learning routine will be characterized by English-language lectures, discussions, literature, and your own presentations in English. Details can be found under "Admission requirements".
What does the MoPS offer?
The MoPS offers practice-oriented learning through group practicals in the first semester to refresh your knowledge of basic molecular biology techniques and to learn more advanced lab methods. This is followed by individual lab rotations in the second and third semesters. Here, skills relevant to academic research, such as the development of research questions, experimental design, implementation and evaluation, are taught, as well as the presentation and discussion of research results. The program is completed with a Master´s thesis allowing to work independently on an up-to-date scientific question embedded in the research environment of Universität Hamburg. The practical education is complemented by lectures and seminars that provide an overview about the most exciting topics and trends in molecular plant biology, and offer the opportunity to discuss ethical issues and possible career paths following the Master’s degree.
Application for the master of science programm "Molecular Plant Science" MoPS
application time: Februrary 15th until March 31th.
The whole application is online via STiNE
You will find further information according application in the CampusCenter.
Who can apply for this master?
For the Master of Science Molecular Plant Science, the following special conditions for admission must be satisfied:
1. A bachelor’ degree either in
a) biology or molecular life science from the Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences at Universität Hamburg.
2. Any other bachelor’s degree, provided that at least 74 ECTS credits of foundational coursework in the natural sciences have been proven to have been completed in the following disciplines:
|Mathematics (incl. physics and bioinformatics, if available)||6 ECTS|
|Chemistry (general; inorganic, organic, physical, and biochemistry)||8 ECTS|
Within these foundation courses, 30 ECTS credits must attest to knowledge of laboratory practice and skills in chemistry and biology acquired in laboratory internships. Any credits lacking in mathematics and chemistry can be compensated by corresponding credits achieved in molecular biology. These credits shall be accumulated in addition to the 60 ECTS credits in biology. Furthermore, the bachelor thesis must be an experimental project. This information must be evident from the documentation submitted. If necessary, applicants may submit a separate letter detailing this information.
Please note: Usually, bachelor's degrees in pharmacy do not fulfil these conditions!
3. Applicants must have adequate English language skills. Adequate language proficiency may be demonstrated as follows:
a) CEFR/TELC B2 (English instruction at a state school in Germany for seven years is equivalent[wenn im Abi-Zeugnis Englisch als erste Fremdsprache aufgeführt ist, reicht dies als Nachweis aus])
b) IELTS 5.0
c) TOEFL (IBT 80, PBT 500, CBT 170)
d) Cambridge FCE, CAE, or CPE
e) Degree from an English language bachelor degree program
If you have any questions
For questions concerning the application please contact Dr. Markus Brändel Tel.: +49 40 42816-648, E-Mail: markus.braendel"AT"uni-hamburg.de
For questions concerning the master program please contact Prof. Dr. Stefan Hoth Tel.: +49 40 42816-582, E-Mail: email@example.com( stefan.hoth"AT"uni-hamburg.de)
Degree course scheme
Module Introduction to Molecular Plant Science:
The lecture gives an introduction in current concepts of Molecular Plant Science, with special emphasis on Plant Physiology, Plant Development and Plant Pathology. Moreover you´ll learn the theoretical backround of the methods teached in the other modules of the first semester.
In the seminar all students will present their bachelor thesis and discuss the results.
Modules Introduction to lab methods A-C:
In this modules you´ll learn all important methods in molecular plant science. These modules are a preparation of the project-modules in the second and third semester as well as the master thesis.
Methods:Inoculation of plants with fungal and bacterial pathogens, Detection of gene expression, Mycotoxin analysis, Callose deposition, Bacterial proliferation assay, Bioimaging with fluorescent and light microscopy, Basic methods and tools of Applied Bioinformatics, Differential cell organelle proteomics upon infection, DNA and RNA isolation, PCR, qPCR for detection of gene expression, genotyping and phenotyping of transgenic plants, transient plant transformation, analysis of promoter reporter gene constructs, confocal laser scanning microscopy to determine intracellular localization of proteins tagged with fluorophors, isolation and purification of recombinant proteins, immuno cytochemistry, Immune detection of proteins, western blot, Heterologous overexpression of proteins, protein purification, protein-protein and protein-nucleic acid interaction assays, mass spectrometry, plant transformation, analyses of plant secondary metabolites.
Module Ethics in Biology:
For scientist it is also important to have a critical look on their own work in regard to ethical and social aspects. You´ll get familiar with different ethical concepts as a key to understand, why people differ in evaluations of scientific and technical innovations. You´ll be able to develop their own qualified position, to understand societal governance processes and ways to actively participate in societal decision making.
Modules Introduction to lab methods:
You´ll work on a scientific projekt in one of the participating working groups together with 2 or 3 other students. You are free to chose one working group that you got to know in the first semester. Not all working groups will offer a lab course in the winter semester. At the end of the first semester the working groups will present their projekt and at this time you can chose your course.
Module Introduction to job
You´ll learn to interpret scientific literature, to integrate your own findings into the overall scientific context and to compile them as a publishable scientific presentation. You´ll be acquainted with the application for financial and scientific sponsorship. Moreover, you`ll comprehend the occupational field of molecular biologists.
Modules Introduction to lab methods:
The same as in the second semester. But you are not allowed to make your second lab course in the same working groub. The election takes place in the end of the second semester.
4. Semester - master thesis
Only if the compulsory elective modules have been successfully completed you can applicate your master’s thesis.
application form (PDF)
To register, fill out the form above, send it to the supervisor of your thesis by email and have it signed. When you get the signed form back, you can send it to an exam manager at the Academic Office Biology. You will then receive an email asking you to confirm the delivery date (it is in the email) by email. Only then your work is registered.
There has to be 900 working hours (5 month) between the beginning and the submission of the master’s thesis.
The master's thesis usually consists of
- a (short) theoretical introduction to the topic, including development of a research concept with the supervisor of the thesis
- a 3 to 4-month experimental treatment of the topic in one of the participating study groups, as well as
- the written documentation, evaluation and interpretation of the results according to the rules of good scientific practice in a master's thesis, and
- the oral presentation of the thesis / defence of the thesis in a colloquium with the examiners of the thesis or in an advanced seminar (exam-form).
Specifications Master's Thesis
Examiner of the master thesis:
The master's thesis is examined by the supervisor and a further examiner from the group of authorized examiners. At least one examiner must have provided additional scientific services in accordance with §15 Abs. be proven by a Habilitation.
- At least one examiner of the master’s thesis must belong to the group of professors in the Department of Biology and be significantly involved in teaching within the degree program. As a rule the other examiner for the master’s thesis must belong to the Department of Biology and be significantly involved in teaching within the degree program. In cases of doubt, the examinations board shall decide on the applicable regulations for examination and instructions.
- A further examiner must have a doctoral degree. The doctorate must be at least three years old and he / she must work scientifically, as evidenced by relevant publications. The examination right must be requested by the examiner at the Examination Board, which decides on a case-by-case basis. The application must be accompanied by a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, if applicable.
To submit your thesis on time, please send us an email with your thesis as a PDF file in the attachment. The date of the email counts as the submission date for the final thesis. We also need one printed copy. For the assessment we take the pdf file of your email.
Prüfungsordnung (PDF) /Examinationregulations (PDF)
Fachspezifische Bestimmungen (PDF) / Subjevt-Specific Provisions (PDF)
Examination committee (PDF)
module handbook (PDF)
MoPS graduates will, based on their broad interdisciplinary and integrative university training, qualify for a broad range of career opportunities. They can, for example, pursue a career in research, starting with a PhD, to be subsequently employed in responsible and leading positions at universities, academic and non-academic research institutes and biotech or agribusiness companies.
Other promising job opportunities can be found in management, consulting, policy and communication in federal ministries, governmental and non-governmental organisations, breeding or other agribusiness companies. Positions in research funding organisations, scientific journalism, in the field of patents, plant variety protection, intellectual property rights, horticultural associations, or international organisations such as the EU represent additional employment possibilities.
MoPS graduates will be able to contribute to the sustainable development of plant production and agriculture at various integration levels in the areas of fundamental and applied Plant Sciences and Agriculture. In addition, due to their profound expertise and broad proficiency, MoPS graduates can also strive for employments in all other prominent areas of Life Sciences.