The master’s programme zoology aims at students interested in modern research regarding animal life forms. It conveys an organism-oriented approach as well as the practical application of innovative research methods for analysing the behaviour, body structure, function, development and evolution of animal life forms.
The master’s programme Zoology was introduced in winter semester 2007. The main admission requirement is the completion of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree in a closely related discipline at a university or institution of postsecondary education in Austria or abroad.
Based on two compulsory modules, the elective modules allow a specialisation in various directions and methods of zoological research. One main aspect of the programme is the practical scientific training in special courses, seminars and field trips, all of which prepare the student for writing the master's thesis. Scientific methods and techniques (such as confocal microscopy, 3D reconstruction, electron microscopy, and methods used molecular biology), which are the core competencies for professional work inside and outside the university sector, are conveyed in small groups of students.
Personal involvement and cooperation among the scientists at the Department of Integrative Zoology is facilitated by teaching in small groups. Being part of a scientific research group conveys the processes of modern science. The master’s programme comprises the profound knowledge of certain groups of animals and the professional application of specific research methods in the areas of high-tech morphology, imaging and molecular biology.
Depending on the courses selected throughout the master’s programme, you can either continue with a doctoral/PhD programme or work in areas of applied science.
- fundamental research at universities, museums and other research institutions;
- biological research for documenting, conveying and analysing scientific data;
- lab-oriented work in research and development in various areas of the medical and pharmaceutical industry;
- in areas of agricultural research;
- in animal and diversity protection in NGOs, organisations of environmental protection, in national parks and zoological gardens.
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