Anthropology (M.Sc.)

The most important facts at a glance:


Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Standard period of studies:

4 semesters

Winter and summer semester

It is recommended that students begin their studies in the winter semester.

Admission restrictions:



You find information on the application procedure for international students here.

Applicants with foreign certificates: Language of instruction: German
Required language certificate: DSH-2

Winter semester: April 1 - May 15

Summer semester: October 1 - November 15

Required Bachelor's degree:

Biology (B.Sc.)

Biology, Molecular (B.Sc.)

Computer Science (B.Sc.)

Mathematics (B.Sc.)


Master in Anthropology


Faculty 10: Biology


The accreditation of study programmes for Bachelor and Master Degrees constitutes as a precondition for the granting of state approval.

Subject Matter

The Master of Science in Anthropology is a research-oriented course of study, the central theme of which is biological anthropology with a focus on evolution and diversity. Anthropology is the key issue to the diversity of people, their ancestors, and related species in space and time. Our interest includes the whole divergence of primates, from the origin to present-day species. Another focus is the biology of the human population in prehistoric times. Current molecular genetic and biostatistic methods are theoretically and experimentally taught in the research and teaching focus of primatology, paleoanthropology and population genetics. In addition, archaeometric techniques and scientific archaeological methods are taught on the course. The course maintains a proximity to human medicine and human genetics, which focus on clinically relevant diversity, as well as a proximity to genome research and bioinformatics.

Master entrance requirements

An undergraduate degree in Biology or a final degree in the field of Evolution, Ecology, Population Genetics or Bioinformatics, Mathematics, Computer Science or Molecular Medicine, Biomedicine and Molecular Life Sciences or an equivalent final degree from a university in Germany or abroad is required.

It is assumed that students have sufficient active and passive knowledge of the English language to read specialist literature in English and participate in courses taught in English; this does not include submitting written course work and writing examinations in the English language. Proof is not required.

Proof of proficiency in the German language to the level of the "German Language Proficiency Examination for Admission to Higher Education for Foreign Applicants (DSH)" is required for applicants, who either did not obtain their university entrance qualification at a German institution or whose degree was not from a degree program taught in German.


The International Office offers counselling for international students about the application process and general information.

The Academic Advisory Office offers specific information on the subject (List available in German only).

The Student representatives give information from a student perspective (List available in German only).