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Biologie im Masterstudiengang Lehramt an Gymnasien

Biology as subject in the Master’s Teacher Training Course for Grammar Schools
(Master of Education)

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Course type
Postgraduate studies (Master)
Standard Course Duration
4 semesters
Course Start
Winter semester, Summer semester
Primary Language of Instruction
Language Requirements

German HZB: none
International application: German C1
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Special Requirements

A school internship and a further internship (in a company, a social institution, a sports club, etc.) for at least four weeks must have been completed (compulsory).

Unrestricted admission

Stay abroad possible, but not obligatory.

Short Description

The subject Biology is offered as one of two subjects within the Master’s Teacher Training Course for Grammar Schools.

As an empirical science, biology is concerned with the characteristics of organisms, their structure, functions and dynamic interactions with the living and non-living environment.

In the Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s Degree Programme and the Master’s Teacher Training Course for Grammar Schools, the subject of Biology is offered jointly by three universities: Leibniz Universität Hannover, the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover Foundation and Hannover Medical School.

On the basis of the Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s Degree Programme, the Master’s degree programme seeks to qualify future teachers in terms of the subject discipline, teaching methodology and educational science, ensuring that graduates have the skills required to complete the preparatory phase of teacher training at grammar schools.

Areas of Focus

  • Practical training
  • Research conception
  • Research ethics
  • Research methods and subject-specific consolidation
Course Content

All of the modules for students taking Biology as their first subject in the Master’s Teacher Training Course for Grammar Schools are specific to teacher training. If it is the second subject, specialist modules are expanded on in addition to modules specific to teacher training. This is the case for the subdisciplines of biology: microbiology, biochemistry, ecology, physiology and evolution.

The Master’s thesis, as the thesis submitted towards the degree, can be written in the first subject, the second subject or in Education Sciences. Education Sciences include general teaching research from the perspective of education science, media research as well as teaching/learning research into specific subjects or school types. In addition, pedagogical/psychological and sociological research topics can be addressed as well as curriculum research, organisational research and institute research.






Compulsory modules

  • Microbiology
  • Practical part General Chemistry
  • Practical Training
  • Plant Physiology
  • Foundations of Ecology
  • Biomathematics, Biometrics, Epidemiology
  • Animal and Human Physiology: Sensory Physiology
  • Practical Training
  • Evolution
  • Biochemistry of Natural Substances
  • Research Methodology
  • Master’s thesis
Recommended Abilities
  • An interest in scientific ways of thinking and working
  • A positive presence and organisational skills
  • An interest in shaping teaching and acquisition processes
  • An interest in consultation
  • Ability to cooperate
Career Opportunities
  • Preparatory phase of teacher training: grammar school teacher
  • Research activities in education sciences
  • Research activities in the subject discipline
Admission requirements and application

Admission Requirements

An undergraduate degree in a related field of study, such as

For master''s degree programmes with unrestricted admission, all applicants who fulfil the admission requirements will be admitted a university place. The exact admission requirements can be found in the admission regulations: 

Application Deadlines

First-year students

  • June 1st – July 15th of the year for the winter semester
  • December 1st – January 15th of the year for the summer semester, only when there are vacant capacities

Students resuming their studies and transfer students (application in a higher semester)

  • June 1st – July 15th of the year for the winter semester
  • December 1st – January 15th of the year for the summer semester


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Zentrale Studienberatung
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover
Zentrale Studienberatung
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover