Master's Programme Zoology

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 066 831
Curriculum Information on the Curriculum (2010W)*
Admission Requirements
Relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent
Application


* Information on the Curriculum (2010W)

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
66.6

= 100%

 2

 GOOD:
 Generally good, but with some errors
21.7
 3  SATISFACTORY:
 Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors
8.7
 4  SUFFICIENT:
 Performance meets the minimum cirteria
3.0
 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:

  • 8 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Zoological Systematics, Bauplan, Forms
  • 8 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Cell and Ecophysiology
  • 8 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Molecular Biology, Developmental Biology and Genetics

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 »

7.5 ECTS-Credits: Selected Topics in Zoology
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
7.5 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: Instruction to Scientific Work

Fourth Semester »

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

Graphic chart »

Recommended course sequence for Master Programme Zoology

Qualification Profile and Skills

The goal of the Master's Programme Zoology at the University of Innsbruck is to train students in modern methods of zoological research and their application in the research areas offered at the faculty. Key areas include the development and cell physiology of animals as well as their relationship to the environment, and ecotoxicology and population biology. The evolution of animals is treated in interdisciplinary fashion. Wildlife studies are conducted using various on-site model organisms from current research and using field studies. In general terms, the programme stresses the acquisition of an understanding of biological connections, independent and integrative thinking and flexibility. A central part of the programme is instruction in independent scientific work and in publishing scientific data. The master's programme also prepares students for doctoral studies.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates possess highly specialized knowledge in the fields of organismic zoology, evolution and developmental biology, the physiology of animals, and ecophysiology and population biology. They are able to demonstrate their abilities at the intersections of these fields through their capacity to formulate and susbtantiate arguments scientifically and to find innovative solutions to problems.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Carrer Opportunities

Career oppoortunities may include: scientific activities in companies, scientific activities in public and administrative institutions, basic research in biomedicine, zoologically-oriented research and teaching in all areas of biology, activities as a certified expert, further activities related to other disciplines (e.g. journalism) in combination with additional qualifications.

Postgraduate and further Studies at the University of Innsbruck

Information about the Programme (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: 
Erika Bereiter-Prosch and Univ.-Prof. Dr. Bert Hobmayer

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