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Biology / Bioscience, Department

Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Department für Biologie
Staudtstrasse 5
D-91058 Erlangen
Telephone: +49 9131 85-25413

Uni Erl.-Nürnb./Erlangen
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Basic information

Total number of students at the department


Teaching in core subjects

  • General Biology/Evolution, Genetic: 18%
  • Biochemistry/Biophysics/Physiology; Cell- & Developmental Biology: 28.9%
  • Zoology: 7.5%
  • Botany/Plant Science: 31.4%
  • Microbiology: 11.7%
  • Ecology: 2.5%

Support during the study entry phase

Total score for support in the study entry phase

12/14 points

Students' assessments on undergraduate, presence-learning-courses

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Support for stays abroad

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Further information provided by the department

Special features regarding teaching

Biology (B): 1.-4. Interdisciplinary teaching in the 5th-6th semester: Focus on molecular biology topics in teaching and methods; English as a compulsory module (acquisition of competence in the specialist language); ILS (B and M): interdisciplinary training; interdisciplinary modules; Master's degree in English; Cell and Molecular Biology (M): research-oriented training in molecular biology; small group sizes; UNIcert III (English as a key qualification). Integrated Immunology: basic and clinical-translational teaching; problem-oriented learning; research-oriented, interdisciplinary.

Special features regarding the international orientation

With Integrated Life Sciences and Integrated Immunology, two international, English-language Master's degree courses are available. In the elite Integrated Immunology degree course, a semester abroad is also an integral part of the curriculum. Partnerships with foreign universities (e.g. Erasmus partnerships) are open to students for individually organised exchange semesters.

Special features regarding research activities

The main research areas of biology at FAU are 1) signal transduction and differentiation; 2) immunity and infection biology; 3) membrane biology. In priority 2), the DFG-funded Transregio 130: B cells: Immunity and autoimmunity. Research groups from the Department of Biology also participate in research networks in the fields of neurobiology (GRK 2162), inflammation (SFB 1181) and plant biotechnology. A research network in the field of membrane biology is currently in preparation.

Other special features

The department cooperates closely with medicine and the departments of physics, mathematics and chemistry. Master students in cell and molecular biology can choose modules from medicine (immunology, virology, human genetics).




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Last Update 2021: Data collected by the CHE Center for Higher Education
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