Master's Programme Botany

Faculty Faculty of Biology
Duration / ECTS-Credits 4 semesters / 120 ECTS-Credits
Academic Degree
Master of Science (MSc)
Qualification Level
Master (Second Cycle)
ISCED-F 0511 Biology
Mode of Study
Full-Time
Study Code
C 066 832
Curriculum Information on the Curriculum (2008W) *
Admission Requirements
Relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent
Application


* Information on the Curriculum (2008W)

The complete version of the curriculum reflects the currently valid version of the curriculum. It is for informational purposes only and is not legally binding. The legally binding version of the curriculum, including any amendments, may be found in the University of Innsbruck Bulletins.

In order to determine which version of the curriculum is applicable in your case, see the Catalogue of Studies
  available at: http://orawww.uibk.ac.at/public/lfuonline_meinestudien.studienblatt
  Section: Current Curriculum version

University of Innsbruck Bulletins » (Click to open all University of Innsbruck Bulletins)

Information about examination regulations, assessment and grading

Examination regulations

The examination regulation is an integral part of the curriculum, detailed information can be found under the paragraph examination regulations.

Description of the applied grading system (including the grade distribution table) »

The grade distribution table is a statistical representation of the distribution of all successfully completed examinations in a given programme of study or subject (based on all registered students for the programme or subject). The grade distribution table is updated in regular intervals.

 Austrian grading
 scheme
 Definition
 %-age
      
 1  EXCELLENT:
 Outstanding performance
63,3
= 100%

 2

 GOOD:
 Generally good, but with some errors
27,4
 3  SATISFACTORY:
 Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors
7,6
 4  SUFFICIENT:
 Performance meets the minimum cirteria
1,7
 5  INSUFFICIENT:
 Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work
     

Source: Academic year 2016/2017

Overall classification of the qualification

Not applicable
Explanation: An overall classification (mit Auszeichnung bestanden/pass with distinction, bestanden/pass, nicht bestanden/fail) – is awarded only for examinations that conclude a programme of study and consist of more than one subject (an examination of this type is not specified in the curriculum of this programme of study).

Requirements

Relevant bachelor's degrees at the University of Innsbruck:


Criteria for the determination of equivalence:

Admission to the master's degree programme may also be possible if a student has completed a bachelor's degree in a relevant related field. As part of the determination of equivalence, the following core areas of the completed bachelor's degree programme will be assessed:

  • 5 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Functional Anatomy of Plants 
  •  5 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Diversity and Systematics of Plants
  • 3 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Vegetation and Population Ecology
  • 5 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Plant Physiology, Cell Biology
  • 5 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Chemistry, Physics, Biochemistry, Statistics
  • 3 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Biological Lab and Field Methods

In the event that equivalence has been established in principle but with certain qualifications missing for full equivalence, supplemental examinations may be required. These examinations must be completed during the master degree programme.

Recommended Course Sequence

The exemplary course sequence given below is recommended for full-time students beginning their study programme in the winter semester. The table shows one possible course sequence for the bachelor's programme and is not compulsory. Delays resulting from repeated examinations are not taken into account.

The standard duration of the study programme is 4 semesters or 120 ECTS-Credits, whereby according to the Universities Act of 2002, a workload of 1,500 (real) hours per academic year must be fulfilled, corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits (one ECTS-Credit is equivalent to a workload of 25 hours).

First Semester »

2.5 ECTS-Credits: CM Selected Chapters of Botany
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

Second Semester »

7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

Third Semester »

7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module 
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
15 ECTS-Credits: CM Instructions for Scientific Working

Fourth Semester »

27.5 ECTS-Credits: Master’s Thesis
2.5 ECTS-Credits: Master's Thesis Defence

Graphic chart »

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Qualification Profile and Skills

The Master's Programme Botany covers the functions, structures, distribution and evolution of plants as well as the development of plant communities, especially in the Alpine regions. Areas of focus include molecular, cellular, organismic and social investigations of

  • biodiversity in the Alps and other mountain regions,
  • adaptation strategies for extreme climate conditions,
  • effects of climate change on vegetation,
  • current and historical vegetation and climate dynamics.

Master's theses are usually integrated into our numerous research projects, allowing insights into a wide range of modern laboratory and field work methods

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates possess highly specialized knowledge in the fields of botany described above. They are able to apply their knowledge at the intersections of other biological disciplines, agriculture and forestry, pharmaceutics, medicine, and environment and nature conservation to independently formulate and substantiate scientific arguments and to find innovative solutions to problems.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Master’s Programme in Botany can pursue careers in research and teaching as well as in practice. Possible professional fields include the areas of environmental and nature protection, landscape management and conservation, agriculture and forestry, plant cultivation and breeding, plant bio technology, pharmacy and medicine, food examination, science journalism, museums and botanical gardens, nature conservation areas and regional development

Postgraduate and further Studies at the University of Innsbruck

Information about the Programme (in German only)

Equivalence Lists (in German only)

Forms (in German only)

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Standort Technikerstraße 17 Piktogramm barrierefreier Zugang

Dean of Studies
Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Paul Illmer

Further persons to contact: 
Kornelia Tschann und Univ.-Prof. Mag.Dr. Klaus Dieter Oegg

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