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European Master of Comparative Vertebrate Morphology (EUCOMOR) (MSc)

Taught in English
Important note: As of winter semester 2019/20, no more students will be admitted to the programme!
European Master of Comparative Vertebrate Morphology (EUCOMOR)


Master of Science, joint degree


European Master of Comparative Vertebrate Morphology (EUCOMOR) is an Erasmus Mundus scholarship programme funded by the European Commission. It is coordinated by a consortium of five European universities:

  • University of Antwerp, Belgium
  • Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany
  • University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria
  • Poznań University of Life Sciences, Poland
  • University of Naples Federico II, Italy

The student needs to engage himself in student mobility and spend at least 2 semesters in different partner institutes.

Standard Period of Study

4 Semester - 120 Credit Points (CP)

Composition of the Study Programme

The rationale behind the EUCOMOR programme is the increase that is seen in the use of non-invasive and molecular imaging techniques, molecular biology, in vitro assays and the steady state in the use of laboratory animals.

This Master programme trains competences (combination of knowledge, skills and attitude) related to:

  • structure and development of vertebrates
  • morphological techniques
  • vertebrate morphology
  • animal and in vitro models

Each year is divided into two semesters with a workload of of 30 ECTS credits. The courses of each semester are structured in clusters. Despite the option to combine courses from the same cluster, students must not chose courses from different clusters in the same semester.

The programme comprises 60 ECTS credits compulsory courses, 30 ECTS credits elective courses focusing on imaging techniques or in vitro assays, and 30 ECTS credits for the Master thesis.

The working field appreciates the competences of such a Master of Comparative Vertebrate Morphology for ensuring further progress in biomedical experimental animal research, imaging and education.

Career Options


Admission Requirements

  • Admitted are Bachelors of Science in the life sciences, e.g Biomedical Sciences, Biology, Bioengineering, Zoology, Veterinary Medicine, etc. A minimum of 180 ECTS or credits corresponding to a minimum of 3 years of Bachelor of Science study are required:
    • the Bachelor programme must have contained a minimum of 6 ECTS of Cell Biology, Biology and/or Animal Morphology;
    • students in their last year of such a Bachelor programme may also apply.
  • A good command of English, both spoken and written is necessary:
    • all non-native speakers are required to submit an English proficiency test result or proof that English was their language of instruction. CEFR level B2 or IELTS (academic version) overall band score of at least 6.5 or a TOEFL score of at least 87 (internet based) are considered sufficient.


Application and enrolment take place at the University of Antwerp.

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Courses start

Winter Semester (October)

Participation costs

  • international students (Non-EU): €6000 per academic year;
  • EU students: € 3000 per academic year;
  • students pay the participation costs yearly; these costs are non-refundable.

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Member of the Academic Board of the University Giessen

Prof. Dr. Dr. Stefan Arnhold

Telephone: +49 (0)641 99 38008