Master's Programme Microbiology

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 066 830
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
44,1
= 100%

 2

 GOOD:
 Generally good, but with some errors
29,5
 3  SATISFACTORY:
 Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors
17,5
 4  SUFFICIENT:
 Performance meets the minimum cirteria
8,9
 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, in accordance with § 73 Para 3 UA, 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: Chemistry and Physics
  • 8 ECTS-Credits Core Area: General Microbiology, Physiology and Systematics
  • 8 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Techniques in Microbiology
  • 5 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Applied Microbiology

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 »

  5.0 ECTS-Credits: CM Systematics of Microorganisms
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: CM Physiology of Microorganisms
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: CM Microbial Ecology and Biotechnology
15.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Modules

Second Semester »

  5.0 ECTS-Credits: CM Genetics and Genomics of Microorganisms
    2.5 ECTS-Credits: CM Quantitative Techniques in Ecology
  22.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Modules

Third Semester »

    7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
  15.0 ECTS-Credits: CM Instructions for Scientific Working
    7.5 ECTS-Credits: Master's Thesis » continue fourth semester

Fourth Semester »

  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
  20.0 ECTS-Credits: Master’s Thesis

  2.5 ECTS-Credits: CM Master's Thesis Defense

Graphic chart »

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Qualification Profile and Skills

The Master’s Programme Microbiology provides an in-depth scientific training based on pertinent bachelor programmes. Aim is a well-founded subject-specific education, also with focus on the application of the knowledge. Besides of theoretical and methodological expert knowledge students also learn how to think and work in a scientific way to be able to understand complex (micro-) biological contexts and to apply this knowledge.

Research and teaching at the Institute of Microbiology focuses on archaea, bacteria and fungi. Besides of the theoretical basics in systematics, physiology, molecular biology and ecology, also application-orientated aspects are conveyed (medicine, plant protection, environmental technology, biotechnology, soil biology). The programme places great emphasis on practical experience in laboratories, in the outdoors and in the scientific practice. The Master’s programme is also a preparation for a pertinent doctoral programme.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Master’s Programme in Microbiology have the necessary knowledge as well as the required skills and competences to find methodologically sound answers to subject-specific questions related to research in microbiology and to apply them in practice. They are able to scientifically evaluate and further develop areas of microbiology and to apply their acquired knowledge in an interdisciplinary way.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

Scientific and managerial positions and work as consultants, experts or authorized experts in private businesses and public institutions (e.g. in the fields of industrial biotechnology, environmental biotechnology, food production and control, pharmaceutical industry, medicine, hygiene,  agriculture, forestry and water economy, environmental protection and in public administration, museums, libraries and nature reserves.

Work in research and teaching at universities, universities of applied sciences and other national or international research institutions.

Other professions in the overlapping areas to other disciplines (geoecology, geography, agricultural science, archaeology, medicine, employee protection, allergology, veterinary medicine, building protection, patent law, journalism and many other fields) in combination with respective additional qualifications.

Graduates of the Master’s Programme in Microbiology have the subject-specific skills required for commencing a pertinent doctoral programme.

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: 
Institute of Mikrobiology and Univ.-Prof. Dr. Heribert Insam

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