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Marine Microbiology (MarMic) (MSc Available), Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 months
University rank #251 (WUR) ,
The Marine Microbiology (MarMic) (MSc Available) programme is offered at Jacobs University Bremen. MarMic offers a combined M.Sc./Ph.D. program with the first year consisting of theoretical and practical training with lectures, tutorials, practical courses, laboratory rotations, and seminars. 


The Marine Microbiology (MarMic) (MSc Available) programme is offered at Jacobs University Bremen. After the first year, the majority of MarMic students enters the Ph.D. program and graduates with a Ph.D. thesis within 3 years. A Master’s of Science (M.Sc.) degree is available to those students that do not qualify for the Ph.D. program, or for Ph.D. students that wish to gain a M.Sc. degree. 

Students in the Ph.D. program are supervised by a thesis committee that meets at least twice a year to discuss the progress of their research. Ph.D. students participate in seminars, workshops, summer schools, and a yearly retreat with international scientists. Exchange programs with universities in foreign countries are available for 6-12 month research visits. The school language is English. 

Why study marine microbiology?

Marine microorganisms are essential to the maintenance of our biosphere, yet we have only fragmentary understanding of the diversity and function of the microbial life in our oceans. 

The study of marine microbiology involves research of fundamental issues such as the evolution of life, the functioning of marine food webs, global climate change, the fate of pollutants, and the biodiversity of the ocean. 

Why choose MarMic?

The MarMic concept is unique: we are educating a new generation of marine scientists, and providing them with the tools to better understand microbial life and the matter in which it affects our biosphere. MarMic students are trained to think globally and to choose from both holistic and reductionistic research approaches. 

The breadth of theoretical and practical experiences at MarMic enables students to address questions ranging from biogeochemistry to genomic analysis, from single-cell interactions to behavior in mixed communities. 

These abilities make MarMic students attractive scientists for international research teams, institutes, universities, and industry.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 18 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Biogeochemistry 
  • Prokaryotic Microbiology 
  • Ecophysiology of Phototrophic Prokaryotes 
  • Ecophysiology of Eukaryotic Microorganisms 
  • Molecular Ecology and Genetics of Marine Microorganisms 

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

    Schedule TOEFL®
  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

  • a CV
  • a letter of motivation (1-2 pages). 
  • official academic transcripts in English or German from all colleges/universities attended (one notarized copy and one regular copy of each document!) 
  • academic diplomas: certificate of your high school diploma and of further academic diplomas, if applicable (in English or German; one certified copy and one regular copy of each document!)
  • two photographs
  • two reference letters
  • proof of proficiency in English: applicants whose native language is not English are asked to submit a proof of proficiency in English on the C1-level

                Tuition Fee

                • The general administration fee for registration at the University of Bremen is about 250 Euro per semester.

                Living costs for Bremen

                • 738 - 1110 EUR/month
                  Living Costs

                The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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