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Ecology / Ökologie

Master HEU

Universität Basel UNIBAS

Lieu de formation

Bâle (BS)

Langue d'enseignement


Type de formation

Hautes écoles universitaires HEU

Modalités temporelles

À plein temps

Thèmes de formation

Environnement - Nature, sciences naturelles

Filières d'études

Biologie - Sciences de l'environnement

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Mise à jour 10.01.2023


Description de la formation

Within the Basel life science program, the Department of Environmental Sciences and its associates offer this comprehensive Master course for graduates with a background in biology or environmental sciences. The course builds upon the strength and leadership in functional ecology and conservation biology of the associated institutes and covers plant and animal sciences as well as ecosystem sciences. Course modules cover a wide spectrum of plant and animal ecology, ecosystem science and conservation biology, giving students the possibility of studying the interactions among organisms, between organisms and their environment, ecosystem processes and human influences on ecosystem integrity and biological diversity. 

Focal area of teaching and research

Why choose an M Sc in Ecology in Basel?

  • We offer a broad spectrum of course modules from which you choose your preferred topics.
  • We offer attractive field courses in Switzerland and abroad.
  • We employ modern laboratory methods, including molecular techniques. In our field work, we integrate plant and animal biology.
  • We emphasize theory based and experimental approaches.
  • Our research and teaching focuses on attractive biota such as highly diverse meadow systems, mixed forests and alpine ecosystems in Switzerland as well as arctic and tropical biota.
  • The biology section of the Department of Environmental Sciences is well known for its excellent research in population biology, biodiversity and conservation as well as global change research and runs unique research facilities such as the highest biological laboratory in the Alps at Furka Pass.

Course structure

The Master of Science degree is a postgraduate degree that requires a successfully completed Bachelor’s program. The program awards 90 ECTS credits in total. The Master’s degree program Ecology is a so called mono-course consisting of only one core subject. Supervised practical work over the course of one year constitutes the core of the studies.

Plan de la formation

One ECTS credit point roughly equals 30 hours of studying.


Curriculum master studies ECTS
Specialized Master’s degree program Ecology
Master’s thesis 50
Master’s examination 10
Courses (of which 18 ECTS must be taken within the Ecology course offerings) 30
Total 90

Combinaison des branches

The degree programs at the Faculty of Science are generally mono-courses with the possible addition of an in-depth subject and an elective subject. The Master’s degree program Ecology does include an elective subject; however, no other subjects are required.
It is possible to study biology in combination with a second subject from the Faculty of Humanities or the sports sciences (see UNI INFO “Biologie - ausserfakultäres Fach”).

Description en branche secondaire ou hors faculté

Ausserfakultäres Studienfach

It is possible to study biology in combination with a second subject from the Faculty of Humanities or the sports sciences.


Conditions d’admission


The following degree allows for direct admission to the Master's degree program Ecology: Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Biology from the University of Basel. Other Swiss or foreign degrees from an education institution recognized by the University of Basel require approval by the examination commission of the Faculty of Science.
Binding information under:



Application under; the application fee amounts to CHF 100.-. Application deadline for the fall semester is April 30, for the spring semester the deadline ends November 30.


The letter of admission also informs students on the procedure of enrollment. In general, students with a Swiss educational background do not have to be present in person for enrollment.


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Die Anmeldegebühr von CHF 100.- wird nicht rückerstattet, falls das Studium nicht aufgenommen wird.
Begründete verspätete Anmeldungen erfordern eine Zusatzgebühr von CHF 150.-


Pro Semester (auch für Prüfungssemester) ist eine Pauschale von CHF 850.- (+ CHF 10.- freiwilliger Beitrag für die Studierendenschaft skuba) einzuzahlen.
Hinzu kommen je nach Fachrichtung noch Auslagen für Studienliteratur sowie Lebenshaltungskosten.


  • Master haute école universitaire HEU

Master of Science in Ecology (MSc)



A Master of Science in Biology is the prerequisite for a doctorate in biochemistry, biophysics, botany, genetics, microbiology, neurobiology, structural biology, cell biology or zoology. Transfaculty doctorates are possible in the fields of epidemiology, history of the sciences, medical-biological research and pharmacology.
The doctoral studies last roughly three years. After the acceptance of the dissertation there follows an oral examination covering the postgraduate studies in the doctoral subject.

Teaching diploma for secondary schools

The teaching diploma enables teaching within the general school system at the Secondary Level II and is based on the academic degree at Master’s level of a university in one or two subjects. In addition, two semesters of vocational training at the school for teacher education at FHNW have to be completed. The diploma does not require a Master's degree in a second subject; however, it is advisable due to better career options later after graduation. Details are to be found in UNI INFO «Lehrdiplom für Maturitätsschulen». Also > Studium > Diplom Sekundarstufe II

Infos pratiques

Lieu / adresse

  • Bâle (BS)

Déroulement temporel

Début des cours

The program is to be started preferably in fall but can also be started in the spring semester.

Durée de la formation

The Master’s program lasts three to four semesters. There are no restrictions on the duration of study.

Modalités temporelles

  • À plein temps

Langue d’enseignement

  • anglais

The language of instruction is English. The Master’s thesis is to be written in English.


Guidelines and regulations


Universität Basel UNIBAS > Philosophisch-naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät

Tag der offenen Tür

Im Januar findet ein Infotag für Schulklassen statt.
Jeweils im September stellen sich die einzelnen Fächer an den Informationsabenden für Maturand/innen ("Live aus der Uni Basel") vor.
Weitere Informationen

Reglemente der Fakultät

  • Ordnung für die Bachelor- und Masterstudiengänge sowie die Doktoratsstudien an der Philosophisch-Naturwissenschaftlichen Fakultät der Universität Basel
  • Wegleitungen und allfällige Stundenpläne für die einzelnen Fächer sind auf den entsprechenden Websites veröffentlicht.


Renseignements / contact

Questions regarding the study of Ecology can be discussed with the Study Counselors for the Master Program Ecology.

Study Counselors for the Master Program Ecology

Prof. Sabine Rumpf, Departement Umweltwissenschaften, Ecology, Bernoullistrasse 30/32, 4056 Basel, T +41 61 207 36 02, e-mail: 

Prof. Yvonne Willi, Departement Umweltwissenschaften, Plant Ecology and Evolution, Schönbeinstrasse 6, 4056 Basel, T +41 61 207 23 20, e-mail:

Studies Secretariat Biology

Susan Kaderli, Biozentrum, Spitalstrasse 41, 4056 Basel, T +41 61 207 14 35,, e-mail:

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Studienberatung Basel

Steinengraben 5, 4051 Basel
T +41 61 207 29 29/30

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