University of Innsbruck

Master’s Programme

Fungi, bacteria and archaea are tiny organisms but they are of great importance to human life.  Microorganisms have symbiotic relationships, fight pests, produce yoghurt and beer, clean wastewater and produce bioenergy among many other functions. The main topics of the Master’s Degree Programme in Microbiology are metabolic pathways and ecology to teach the students about the complex functions of microorganisms. Some of the more specialised topics the students may focus on are environmental and food technology,  signal transduction, ecological nutrient cycles, life at the border between climate regions and the production of secondary metabolites.

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Please note: the language of instruction for this programme is German.


Master of Science (MSc)

4 semesters/120 ECTS-Credits

Mode of Study


Relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent, language certificates

Information on the curriculum

The right degree for me?



  • gain sound theoretical and applied knowledge of the foundations of microbiology
  • acquire theoretical and methodological knowledge of the subjects (e.g. systematics, physiology, molecular biology, ecology)
  • learn scientific thinking and methods to understand and work with complex (micro)biological systems
  • study application-oriented aspects, e.g. in the medical field, environmental technology, biotechnology, plant preservation, soil biology
  • focus on practicum in labs, field work and practical experience in industry
My career

My career

My career opportunities

  • work in industries (e.g. pharmaceutical, chemical, food, cosmetic, agricultural biotechnology industries)
  • employment in biotechnology sectors (research, development, quality assurance)
  • work in the fields of environmental biotechnology (wastewater management, waste treatment, soil rehabilitation, groundwater protection, waste disposal site management)
  • employment in public institutions and departments
  • develop environmental and development policies and manage conservation areas
  • work in the health sector (biomedical research, diagnostics, quality assurance, medical engineering, genetics, etc.)
  • employment in the fields of agriculture and forestry, soil conservation, environmental protection and conservation
  • work at educational and continuing education institutions (open science laboratories, zoological and botanical gardens, museums, collections)

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