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?
If you have any questions
Degree course scheme
4. Semester - master thesis
Examination committee (PDF)
for Students with start of the programm until winterterm 2033/24:
module handbook (PDF)
for Students with start of the programm since winterterm 2024/25:
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.
Ceremony to present the final certificate
The Department Biology will hold a certificate ceremony on January 19th, 2024. We would be very pleased to present you your certificate at this event. For a smooth running of the event we depend on a registration in order to be able to plan:
Participation is voluntary. If you need the certificate between the graduation and the awarding of the certificate, we will be able to arrange this.