Biological Resources*

Sustainable use of natural resources

The world’s natural resources are limited and slowly being depleted, resulting in a growing demand for skilled specialists who can contribute to the repurposing of existing resources and the discovery of new ones. 

The primary goal of Biological Resources M.Sc. is to enhance your understanding of soil, plant, animal and marine resources and inspire you, as a sustainability specialist, to devise new ways to make use of these resources, thus supporting the development of a bio-based economy. Over the course of your studies, you will acquire the expertise needed to recognise and utilise biological resources in terms of their economic potential, while also taking into consideration critical ecological and social constraints.







The degree programme combines the advanced study of the natural sciences with relevant interdisciplinary subjects such as engineering and socio-economics to impart to you the knowledge and the critical eye to evaluate the future potential of certain biological resources in a scientific manner. This expertise is crucial in countless real-world applications, for example in the development of ‘bio-based products’ such as bioenergy, biopackaging, bioplastic or new sources of food, to name a few.

Different forms of interactive learning, including applied research projects, excursions, lab and field work, provide further opportunities to acquire expert research skills, e.g. in conducting ecological fieldwork or analysing  the components of plant-based biological resources in a laboratory environment.

Career Paths

Biological Resources M.Sc. places particular emphasis on acting as an interface to the bio-based economy. Close research cooperation with many companies in the Lower Rhine region affords you the unique chance to acquire valuable practical experience within the bioeconomy during your studies.

Graduates are skilled specialists qualified for a broad range of careers in:

  • Consultancy positions for government authorities, agencies and/or non-governmental organisations (NGOs), e.g. environmental protection agencies or related organisations
  • Key positions as a sustainability officer or natural conservation officer at national and multinational companies and organisations
  • Research and development positions in industry or at universities


* The degree programmes offered are suitable for part-time study in accordance with §62a HG NRW.


Place of study

Campus Kleve

Start date

Winter or summer semester



Duration of study

3 semesters of full-time studies

Study model

Full-time or part-time degree programme

Degree awarded

Master of Science

Restricted admission


Student Advisory Service

Phone: 02821 - 806 73 - 360
E-mail: Studienberatung

Course-specific Advise

heads of study programme

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Platte

Phone: +49 (2821) 806 73-216
E-mail: Frank Platte

Prof. Dr. Marcel Friedrich

Phone: +49 (2821) 806 73-683
E-mail: Marcel Friedrich