Master's Programme Ecology and Biodiversity

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 0521 Environmental Sciences
Mode of Study
Full-Time
Study Code
C 066 833
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
61.2

= 100%

 2

 GOOD:
 Generally good, but with some errors
26.0
 3  SATISFACTORY:
 Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors

9.6

 4  SUFFICIENT:
 Performance meets the minimum cirteria
3.2
 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:

  • 4 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Basics of Ecology
  • 8 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Structure and Function of Ecosystems
  • 4 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Molecular Biology and molecular Ecology
  • 4 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Methods of Measurement and Ecological Project Study
  • 4 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Botanical and Zoological Forms

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 »

1.5 ECTS-Credits: CM Selected Topics in Ecology (CM 1a and 1b)
27.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Modules

Second Semester »

17.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Modules
12.5 ECTS-Credits: Ecological Project Study

Third Semester »

15.0 ECTS-Credits: Elecive Modules
15.0 ECTS-Credits: Instructions for Scientific Working
                             Initiation Master’s Thesis » continue fourth semester

Fourth Semester »

 27.5 ECTS-Credits: Master’s Thesis
 1.0 ECTS-Credits: CM Selected Topics in Ecology (CM 1c)
 2.5 ECTS-Credits: Master's Thesis Defence

Graphic chart »

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Qualification Profile and Skills

The goal of the Master's Programme Ecology and Biodiversity is the attainment of scientific knowledge and working methods for all ecologically-relevant disciplines and occupations.

The main emphasis is ­on the acquistion of knowledge in aquatic and terrestrial ecology, from molecular ecology to landscape ecology. The spectrum includes the relationships between organisms, populations, biocenoses and their environment, the structure and function of ecosystems and landscapes, and biodiversity and global change. Students treat research-related and application-oriented issues based on theoretical and experimental laboratory and field approaches. Much of the teaching content is closely linked to the key research areas "ecology of the Alpine region" and "mountain agriculture".

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates possess highly specialized knowledge in the fields of ecosystem and landscape ecology, limnology, and terrestrial animal and molecular ecology. They are able to demonstrate their abilities in fundamental research and applied science at the intersections of organisms, habitats and society through their capacity to formulate and susbtantiate arguments scientifically and to find innovative solutions to problems.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

Career opportunities may include:

  • careers in research and application-oriented areas, such as activities as an expert or consultant in politics, administration and economics,
  • management positions and scientific work in private and public institutions (e.g. ecological risk management, nature and landscape conservation, biomonitoring, agricultural research, molecular ecological laboratories),
  • research and teaching positions at universities and other national and international research institutions.

The master's programme also prepares students for doctoral studies.

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: 
Magdalena Stiftinger and Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ruben Sommaruga

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