A joint Master's programme at the University of Vienna & University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna
For detailed information, see the Evolutionary Systems Biology Website
With the proliferation of huge data sets (DNA/RNA sequences, 4D imaging and geometric morphometrics), modern biology is rapidly becoming a quantitative science. Research laboratories and biotech companies around the world are looking for people who can use these data to solve biological and medical problems. To fulfill this demand, the new Evolutionary Systems Biology (ESB) Master's program (start: Winter Term 2016) provides the training necessary for this new type of scientist.
Specifically, ESB master's students will:
- Learn how to understand and handle modern “- omics” data sets.
- Develop key computational skills and delve into biological modelling.
- Combine experimental “wet-lab” technologies with quantitative “dry-lab” methods.
- Apply these skills to questions arising from evolutionary biology, development, comparative genomics, and systems biology.
Vienna offers a unique scientific environment for the ESB Master's program, which will benefit from the expertise of research groups in population genetics, evo-devo, systems biology, and biomathematics at the University of Vienna and the Vetmeduni Vienna. Master's students will be able to draw upon the resources of two Universities, and on established connections to world-class research institutes such as the Gregor Mendel Institute, IST Austria, the Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics, and the evolVienna network.Course Overview
The ESB master’s programme aims to provide hands-on education, with practical skills courses designed to complement all lectures in the core curriculum. Furthermore, there is a strong emphasis on research, with two lab rotations and a research-based master's thesis project providing training in cutting-edge research methods. This programme particularly includes:
- Courses covering population genetics, comparative genomics, molecular evolution, EvoDevo and systems biology.
- Practical courses introducing modelling, programming, and statistical data analysis for biologists.
- An extensive research component, including rotations in multiple research groups, one-on-one training, and individual research projects.
- Special skill courses on giving scientific talks and writing successful grant proposals.
The expected length of the Master in ESB programme is four semesters. In line with the curriculum nine modules (MES1-9), a Master’s Thesis and an Oral Defense, totalling 120 ECTS, have to be completed to be awarded the degree.
The ESB master's programme is aimed at students with an interest in biological research and quantitative methods. As an entry requirement applicants must hold a bachelor's degree in biology or in a related field (such as biotechnology, biomedicine, or bioinformatics). Advanced quantitative skills are not a prerequisite. Applicants with a BSc in other natural sciences (e.g. Physics) or mathematics and statistics may also be admitted to the ESB master's programme, provided that they complete additional courses in basic biology. Non-native speakers are required to prove their English language competence.
An ESB master's degree will provide degree holders with an excellent foundation which will either enable them to pursue a doctorate, such as a PhD in quantitative biological research, or will open up a wide variety of career opportunities in research-oriented biomedical/biotechnological companies.
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Last updated February 20, 2018