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Studium Biologie Master Studies

Genetics and Development

MSc Coordinator of the Master in Genetics and Development

MSc Coordinator of the Animal Behavour Master: Prof. Dr. Alex Hajnal

Study Coordinator of the MSc in Biology: Dr. Karin Isler


Genetics describes the functions and inheritance of genes. Moreover, genetic techniques are used to investigate fundamental biological processes such as development, growth, aging, metabolism and behavior. Molecular genetics provides a basis for studying the diversity and evolution of all living organisms and is increasingly applied in the diagnostics of many human diseases. In the Master's program in Genetics and Development, students obtain detailed insight into the state-of-the-art methods in Molecular Genetics, Genomics and Developmental Biology. The ethical implications of newly emerging technologies are discussed.


The central element of the program is the Concepts lecture in Modern Genetics and Genomics combined with one of the two seven-week block courses in Modern Genetics and Genomics and Experimental Developmental Biology. These two laboratory courses give students an introduction to both theory and experimental practice in Genetics and Developmental Biology using different animal model organisms (fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster; threadworm, Caenorhabditis elegans, and zebrafish Danio rerio). By performing individual research projects, students get to know the different research groups and the methods they use. The students expand on this knowledge in additional, freely selectable modules (lectures and courses on subjects including developmental biology, molecular biology and human genetics). During their Master's thesis, students experimentally investigate a biological or medical question in one of the research groups participating in this Master's program.


Compulsory courses:

Compulsory lecture:

BIO 348 Concepts of Modern Genetics (6 ECTS)

and one of the two Block courses:

BIO 323 Modern Genetics and Genomics (12 ECTS)
BIO 326 Experimental Developmental Biology (12 ECTS)
BIO 338 Introduction to Scientific Writing (0 ECTS, one day in September or February). The module should be taken before writing the Master’s Thesis.


Strongly recommended:



BIO 347 Concepts in Developmental Biology: from Cells to Animals (3 ECTS)
BIO 557 Scientific Writing and Experimental Design for Life Sciences (2 ECTS)


Recommended lectures:

BIO 336 From DNA to Diversity: the Evolution of Multicellular Organisms (2 ECTS)
BIO 212 Human Evol. Genetics: Origins, Peoples & Disease (2 ECTS)
BIO 243 Epigenetics (2 ECTS)
BIO 254 Functional Genomics (3 ECTS)
BIO 257 DNA Metabolism and Cancer (2 ECTS)
BIO 332 Cell Cycle and Cell Proliferation (2 ECTS)
BIO 344 Development of the Nervous System (3 ECTS)
BIO 360 Topics in Neurogenetics (2 ECTS)
BIO 371 Ecological Genetics (2 ECTS)
BIO 388 Human Genetics (2 ECTS)
BIO 390 Introduction to Bioinformatics (3 ECTS)
BIO 416 Microscopy (2 ECTS)
BME 320 Forensic Genetics (1 ECTS)
BME327 Current Approaches in Single Cell Analysis (2 ECTS)
BCH 252 RNA & Proteins: Post-Transcriptional Regulation of Gene Expression (3 ECTS)

Recommended block courses:

BIO 205 Evol. Genetics & Genomics of Humans & other Primates (6 ECTS)
BIO 244 Signal Transduction and Cancer (6 ECTS)
BIO 245 Cell Signalling (6 ECTS)
BIO 253 Research Cycle in Genomics (6 ECTS)
BIO 255 Cancer Epigenetics (6 ECTS)
BIO 260 Molecular Biology Course for Biology and Medicine (6 ECTS)
BIO 285 Genetic & Epigenetic Control of Plant Development (6 ECTS)
BIO 286 Plant Sensing (6 ECTS)
BIO 288 Mechanisms of Plant Disease Resistance against Fungal Pathogens (6 ECTS)
BIO 294 Bioinformatics for Comparative and Evolutionary Genomics (6 ECTS)
BIO 321 Microscopy in Cell and Developmental Biology (6 ECTS)
BIO 325 Systems Dynamics in Cell and Developmental Biology (6 ECTS)
BIO 373 Next Generation Sequencing for Evolutionary Functional Genomics (6 ECTS)
BIO 392 Bioinformatics of Molecular Sequence Variations (6 ECTS)
BIO 407 Practical Microscopy (6 ECTS)
BIO 413 Genome Modification in the Mouse (6 ECTS)
BME 308 Human Molecular Genetics (6 ECTS)

Master’s thesis in Genetics and Development:
BIO 503