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The M.Sc. Study Course Animal Biology and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover (TiHo) is a research-orientated study course and lasts four semesters. The workload of the entire study course amounts to 120 Credit Points (CP), i.e., circa 3,600 hours of study. The study time is divided up into attendance time (lectures, practicals, seminars etc.) and own study (time for preparing for and following up lectures). The M.Sc. study course at the TiHo is a sequential modularly designed course. It enables a specialism in one of three main subject areas:


  • Evolution, biodiversity and behaviour
  • Cell biololgy, developmental biology and neurobiology
  • Infection biology


In the 1st Semester teaching content from all three main subject areas as well as interdisciplinary modules are offered. In the 2nd Semester the students choose five modules from at least two main subject areas (see Module Table). The research weeks in the 3rd Semester (see Module Table for choice) serve as preparation for the practical research for the Master’s dissertation.

Most teaching courses are held in English. A good command of English is therefore a requirement for admission to the study course.


In the 1st Semester the course “Animal Protection and Planning Animal Experiments” is run for all students. Additionally, the course FELASA B is optionally offered insofar as it is necessary for the further course of study.


C=compulsory; CV= compulsory electives Workload in hours CP
1st semester (winter semester)    
Lecture series Evolution, Biodiversity and Behavior (C) 180 6
Lecture series Cell biology, developmental and neurobiology (C) 180 6
Lecutre series Infection biology (C) 180 6
Planning of animal experiements and animal protection (C) 150 6
Key competencies (C) 90 2
Biometry and experimental planning (lectures and tutorials) (C) 120 4
Total 900 30
Work placement in the semester vacation (recommendation)    
2nd semester (summer semester)    
Immersion courses (5 modules from at least two main subject areas have to be taken, two weeks full-time, each with lectures and a course, one week follow-up; group size each max. 10 students    
Main subject Evolution, biodiversity and behavior (CV) per 180 per 6
Main topic Cell biology, develpomental biology and neurobiology (CV) per 180 per 6
Main topic Infection biology (CV) per 180 per 6
Total 900 30
Work placement in the semester vacation (recommendation)    
3rd semester (winter semester)    
Research weeks (research in Animal Biology) choice of two blocks each seven weeks fullt-time (CV) per 450 per 15
Total 900 30
Work placement in the semester vacation (recommendation)    
4th semester (summer semester)    
Carrying out research and writing up the Master's dissertation and viva voce (CV) max. 6 month 30
Total   120

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