Overview of the elective moduls

The moduls  in the elective area each require half of a lecture period of a semester and usually consist of a lecture, a seminar and a practical course (total 15 CP).


Summer semester 2024

First half of the semester  

BEH-Div-7 Specialised Phytopathology  (Plants/Fungi): Thines(E*)

BEH-Eco-9 Zoo and Wildlife Biology (Animals): Dierkes, Schulte(G/E*)   

BEH-Eco-4 Aquatic Ecology: Oetken (G*)

BEH-Eco-5 Conservation Biology: Mangelsdorff/Hahn (E*)


Second half of the semester

BEH-Div-1 Diversity & Evolution of Plants (Plants/fungi): Wanke (E*)  

BEH-Div-3 Integrative Biodiversity Research in Zoology (Animals): Brandt, Köhler, Klaus, Riehl (E*)

BEH-Eco-1 Diversity, Behaviour and Ecosystem Function of Birds & Mammals (Animals): Müller, Schleuning (E*) 

BEH-Eco-3 Evolutionary Ecology & Environmental Analytics (Animals): Hollert, Johann,  Brack (E*) 


Winter semester 2024/2025

First half of the semester


BEH-Div-4 Molecular Evolution & Bioinformatics (Overlapping): Ebersberger (E*)

BEH-Div-5 Mycology (Plants/Fungi): Piepenbring, Schmitt (E*) 

BEH-Eco-6 Parasitology & Infection Biology (Animals): Klimpel (G*) 


Second half of the semester

BEH-Div-2 Evolutionary genomics of vertebrates (Animals): Janke (E*)  

BEH-Eco-2 Evolutionary Ecology & Global Change (Plants/Fungi): Scheepens (E*) 

BEH-Eco-7 Ecotoxicology (Animals): Oehlmann (G*)                                          

BEH-Eco-8 Environmental Toxicology and -chemistry (Animals): Hollert, Schiwy, Brack (E*) 


* Module language G = german, E = english; N.N. = Nomen nominandum (latin for "to be named"

The moduls are thematically assigned to the areas of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology (Div) and Ecology and Ecosystem Health (Eco). Concerning the studied organisms, the courses deal with animals, plants and fungi or are designed across organisms.

The moduls (15 CP) BEH-Eco- 1, 3, 6, 7 and 8 and BEH-Div 1, 5 and 7 are also offered for the M.Sc. Environmental Sciences. In addition, students of the MSc Environmental Sciences can take only the theoretical parts of the moduls (lecture and seniar, 5 CP). Some practical courses can be used in other study programmes (e.g. MSc Bioinformatics). Please inform yourself about this in the module handbook.

For the optional module, there are the following possibilities:

  •  participation in the Frankfurt Spring School on Conservation Project Management (in the lecture period between winter and summer semesters, with own admission procedure, 7 CPs, general information).
  • one or more courses (total 15 CP) that are offered outside the study regulations of the M.Sc. Biodiversity and Ecosystem Health in another study programme at a scientific university (Goethe University, another German university or a university in another EU country) and are related to the content of our study programme.
  • a company internship outside of Goethe University (practical module).

Prior approval is required for the second and third options (see FAQs).

Further information on the courses can be found in the module manual. Individual registration for individual theory modules without the associated practical module (e.g. for environmental scientists) is done directly with the organiser.

Further information on the courses can be found in the study regulations.

Coordinator of the master programme  

Dr. Sabrina Schiwy

Biologicum, Campus Riedberg

Flügel C, Raum3.318
Max-von-Laue-Str. 13
60438 Frankfurt am Main

F +49 69 798-42173

Office hour:

by arrangement

E-Mail schiwy@bio.uni-frankfurt.de

Examination office

Sandra Luckert

Biozentrum, Campus Riedberg
Gebäude N 101, Raum 1.07
Max-von-Laue-Str. 9
60438 Frankfurt am Main

T +49 69 798-46475

F +49 69 798-46470 

Office hours:  

Tuesday and thursday from 12-14 o'clock and by arrangement

E-Mail pabio2@bio.uni-frankfurt.de