University of Vienna

Introduction

The University of Vienna was founded in 1365. It is the oldest university in the German-speaking world and one of the largest in Central Europe. Currently, about 91.000 students are enrolled at the University of Vienna. 179 courses can be taken, of which 56 are Bachelor Programmes, 112 Master Programmes, 3 Diploma Programmes and 8 PhD Programmes. With staff of 9.400 employees, 6.700 of whom are academic, the University of Vienna is the largest teaching and research institution in Austria. It aims to sustain a wide range of studies, but at the same time to promote new and innovative fields of research, and to establish new networks between subjects.

Research and teaching

The main task and goal of this university lies in creating and sustaining top-quality research and teaching, which are regarded as one inseparable entity ("research-guided teaching"). A strong focus on research, combining fundamental with application-oriented research, renders this University highly attractive for the sharpest minds. Research and teaching at the University of Vienna comprise a wide range of faculties: from Catholic and Protestant Theology, Law, Business and Economics, Computer Science, Historical and Cultural Studies, Philological and Cultural Studies, Philosophy and Educational Sciences, Psychology,Social Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry to Earth Sciences, Geography, Astronomy, Life Sciences, Translation Studies, Sports Sciences, and Molecular Biology.

International networking

The University of Vienna has always been strongly orientated towards international research and teaching and therefore is continuing its efforts to maintain its relationships with other countries. It is part of the ERASMUS/SOCRATES Programme and member of several international networks such as ASEA-UNINET, the Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe (UNICA), and the European University Association (EUA).

From 363 European partner universities, the University of Vienna has entered into an ERASMUS-Partnership with 350 universities. Students from approximately 130 countries attend more than 10.000 lectures at the University of Vienna every year.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • German

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Programs

This school also offers:

MSc

MSc Computational Science

Campus Full time 2 years October 2016 Austria Vienna

The Master of Science degree programme, Computational Science, trains students to become experts in the computer-aided aspects of the natural sciences. This emerging and highly-demanded field is interdisciplinary, connecting computer science and mathematics with astronomy, biology, chemistry and physics. The programme focuses on computationally relevant aspects of research and data processing in each domain of science. [+]

Current natural science domain-specific problems are tackled by means of scientific and mathematical tools and translated into computer algorithms. Since only computational analysis allows in depth research of complex and highly interconnected systems, Computational Scientists employ "computer experiments" in order to investigate current issues, such as: cosmological models molecular medicine biological neural networks molecular dynamics drug development particle and quantum physics big data analysis and machine learning This interdisciplinary Master of Science degree programme stands out, due to the broad research areas in the MIN-fields (Mathematics, Informatics/computer science, Natural sciences – astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics). These are always discussed from a Computational Science viewpoint: Which research areas are being advanced by computer science? How is the advancement implemented and how can it be improved? Which areas of each natural science are computer-aided and need the supervision of experts? Students of Computational Science are prepared to address these questions and provide solutions as they are required to acquire the vocabulary of each domain of science due to the interdisciplinary structure of the programme. They learn to implement key concepts in practice through designing and conducting computer-aided research. The study program emphasizes: 1) Students from the various scientific domains are acquainted with the key concepts and topics of the other domain in the core programme. Thus, their knowledge base is brought to a common level, from which the implementation of computational aspects in the different natural sciences can be developed. 2) The shell programme enables students to focus on one natural science and integrate their computer programming skills to all MIN-fields via supplement modules. Computational Science nurtures lateral thinking of well-informed scientists with knowledge in computer science and mathematics across all natural sciences. The Computational Scientist offers comprehensive approaches and solutions and may act as competent mediators between experts in particular natural sciences. [-]

MSc Ecology and Ecosystems

Campus Full time 2 years October 2016 Austria Vienna

The master programme Ecology and Ecosystems (MEC) addresses fundamental problems in ecology in a holistic way. [+]

The master programme Ecology and Ecosystems (MEC) addresses fundamental problems in ecology in a holistic way. Core topics are the role of organisms in the functionality of ecosystems, and the factors responsible for the spatial and temporal variations in biodiversity and functioning of systems. The study programme takes both an organismic and an ecosystem-based approach to ecology — thereby complementing two related curricula at the University of Vienna. These are Environmental Sciences, which is strongly rooted in geosciences, and Conservation Biology & Biodiversity Management (in German language), which is specifically devoted to the theory and practice of nature conservation — from the species to the landscape level. In MEC, we cover various marine, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems. These range from lowland to alpine, and from arctic to tropical biomes. Scientists from diverse fields within biology, including botany, microbial ecology, zoology, systems biology and biogeochemistry are actively engaged in MEC. Contributing faculties comes from the departments of Botany & Biodiversity Research Ecogenomics & Systems Biology Limnology & Oceanography Microbiology & Ecosystem Science as well as from the Core Facility of Cell Imaging & Ultrastructure Research. MEC focuses on the analysis of fundamental processes that generate and drive biodiversity and on its role in fundamental ecosystem functions. The programme offers access to a wide range of methods and approaches, from field surveys to lab experiments, using state-of-the-art technology in stable isotope and element analysis, metagenomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, environmental genetics, light and electron microscopy, statistical data analysis, and modelling. Ecology and Ecosystems (MEC) is a programme that emphasises understanding of the biological controls and dimensions of ecosystems. To achieve these goals, approaches rooted in life sciences are combined with application of chemical, statistical and geographical methodology. The master programme comprises 120 ECTS credits. This is equivalent to a period of four semesters. Courses in the first semester are jointly attended by all students. Two ring lectures and a series of seminars provide an overview of current research topics in biodiversity and ecosystem ecology. A first short lab internship gives a first insight into ongoing research, and a combination of lectures and courses improves skills in statistics and data analysis. In the second term, students become acquainted in detail with a range of relevant field and lab methods and engage in a first research project in one of the contributing departments. After this first part of the curriculum, students acquire in-depth knowledge in specific areas in ecology, which can be chosen freely. Here, the breadth of expertise available among the faculty at the University of Vienna offers many opportunities towards specialisation and research. The MEC programme is completed with a Master of Science thesis and a public oral defence. [-]

MSc Environmental Sciences

Campus Full time 2 years October 2017 Austria Vienna

The master’s programme and research network Environmental Sciences is a hub for students and scientists who want to apply deep scientific thought to the earth environment and some of its most urgent problems. [+]

The master’s programme and research network Environmental Sciences is a hub for students and scientists who want to apply deep scientific thought to the earth environment and some of its most urgent problems. Geoscientists, life scientists, geographers, chemists, physicists, mathematicians, economists and lawyers come together to tackle these problems in a collaborative way. Our goal is to prepare a new generation of professionals and scientists for solving the challenges ahead. The interdisciplinary programme focuses on the analysis of fundamental environmental processes using know-how from a wide range of scientific fields. This disciplinary diversity is reflected not only in the diversity of the fields of expertise of the faculty, but also in the diversity of students coming from various areas of science. Environmental Sciences is an interdisciplinary programme that deals with processes that control the earth system and the impact of human activities on this system. The programme emphasises a rigorous process level understanding of important problems in environmental science to learn how to analyse the complex earth system. Therefore, scientific methods of earth sciences, physical geography, life sciences, chemistry, physics and mathematics are used. The workload of the master’s programme comprises 120 ECTS credits. This is equivalent to a period of four semesters. After getting an overview of the field of study of Environmental Sciences in a ring-lecture and a seminar, students focus on basic issues in environmental chemistry and geochemistry, environmental biology, pollutants and element cycles. They get acquainted with a process oriented view on environmental systems including marine systems, ground and surface water systems, atmospheric and terrestrial systems. Students learn to integrate mathematical models into various processes. Courses in legislation, policy and economics focus on the implementation of the process level understanding of natural systems into these fields. After this first part of the curriculum, students deepen their knowledge by exploring their own combination of subjects within the environmental sciences in fields such as biogeochemical cycles, global change, environmental pollution and remediation. The degree programme is completed with a master’s thesis and an oral public defence. [-]

MA

MA East Asian Economy and Society

Campus Full time 2 years October 2017 Austria Vienna

The two-year master's programme East Asian Economy and Society (EcoS) is a multidisciplinary programme dealing with contemporary societal, political and economic aspects of the East Asian region as a whole. It is offered at the Department of East Asian Studies of the University of Vienna in English language. [+]

The two-year master's programme East Asian Economy and Society (EcoS) is a multidisciplinary programme dealing with contemporary societal, political and economic aspects of the East Asian region as a whole. It is offered at the Department of East Asian Studies of the University of Vienna in English language. We regard East Asia as more than just the sum of countries in that region. Rather than offering "light-versions" of Chinese, Japanese or Korean Studies, we focus on current transnational and regional issues as well as on comparative approaches. Reflecting the common traditions as well as the growing interrelation between Northeast Asia (China, Japan and the two Koreas) and Southeast Asia, we expanded our regular activities in research and teaching to include the ASEAN countries. We believe that it is impossible to achieve a proper understanding of regional and country-specific issues without a solid foundation in established theories and methods of social science. Acquiring and utilising such methodology is therefore a core characteristic of our programme. However, even the best methodological skills are unlikely to produce optimal results if they are applied out of context. Historical and cultural tradition, customs, and values limit the number of actually available options and influence choices in East Asian societies just as anywhere else. It is therefore no coincidence that our programme is based at an area studies department. EcoS was first offered in the winter term 2008. The objective of the programme is to train experts in social science methods who apply their methodological skills to the East Asian region using a multidisciplinary approach. Accordingly, emphasis is put on transnational and regional issues and on comparative analyses. Students are equipped with academic research skills as well as the ability to apply the acquired knowledge in practice. Graduates have comprehensive knowledge of the economic, political and cultural characteristics of East Asian countries as well as their development. They are able to apply this knowledge to practically relevant issues. The study programme consists of five independent modules, totalling 120 ECTS. In module 1, the fundamentals of one East Asian language (Chinese, Japanese or Korean) are taught. Students who already hold a Bachelor's degree or a similar qualification in one of these languages are required to take courses in a language in which they do not hold such degree or qualification. In modules 2 and 3, students examine economic and political aspects of the East Asian regions within four core mandatory seminars on East Asia’s economic systems, economic development, political systems and international relations. In module 4, students are given a certain degree of flexibility when they study East Asian societies from a cultural-historical perspective, including history, religions and intercultural negotiation. In module 5, previously acquired skills are refreshed and applied to a research theme which leads to the MA thesis. Students conclude their studies with an MA examination in form of a defensio of their MA thesis. Course contents of courses in modules 2 and 3 as well as especially module 4 correspond with our key areas of research of our EcoS staff (http://ecos.univie.ac.at/about-us/staff/). EcoS courses are characterised by an international spirit, as more than half of our students come from various countries within Europe or overseas. Students share their knowledge attained from previous studies, creating an inspiring and creative atmosphere. Three student representatives provide counselling for students, organise tutorials and student round tables and serve as mediators between students and EcoS staff. Further Information can be found here: http://ecos.univie.ac.at/news/ Contact: ecos@univie.ac.at [-]

MA Science-Technology-Society

Campus Full time 2 years October 2017 Austria Vienna

The MA Science-Technology-Society trains students to contribute to a research based critical understanding of the ever more important relations of science, technology and society. [+]

Knowledge and technologies are deeply intertwined with the ways we live in the world. How we communicate, move, work and care for our health – all this is constantly changing through new scientific and technological options. However, new techno-scientific possibilities also challenge existing value structures and ways of living, which leads to societal debates about risks, ethics and social justice. At the same time, science and technology are not untouched by the societal environment they are part of. Socio-economic expectations and broader imaginaries of techno-scientific futures are part and parcel of contemporary research cultures, and influence how knowledge is produced and innovations are made. Understanding these complex relations of science, technology and society is crucial in the world of today. The master’s program Science-Technology-Society offers a unique opportunity to acquire expertise in this domain. The MA Science-Technology-Society trains students to contribute to a research based critical understanding of the ever more important relations of science, technology and society. Central elements of the program profile are a) a strong research orientation, b) internationality both in the scope of teaching as well as in the background of the students, c) a clear social science approach with a dedicated openness to the heterogeneous disciplinary backgrounds of its students and d) a focus on complementary skills vital in today’s academic and knowledge work contexts. In its respective specialisations, the MA in Science-Technology-Society provides a comprehensive and critical approach to analysing how (techno)sciences and society communicate and interact; the cultures and contexts in which knowledge and innovations are produced and used; how politics frames and is framed by science and technology. The MA Science-Technology-Society was established in 2009 and is a two-year English language programme. The number of students is limited to 25 per year. [-]

Contact

University of Vienna

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Wien 1010, Austria
Website http://www.univie.ac.at/