Zoology (Master)

 Why study ... Zoologie?

The master’s programme in Zoology equips students with the necessary skills to address academic issues and independently write academic papers focusing on animal organisms. Graduates have theoretical knowledge and practical experience of empirical methods in the context of scientific theories and concepts. They are able to adopt an analytical and synthetic approach in the investigation of animal organisms on different organisational levels. In addition, graduates have general competences in collecting, managing, analysing, presenting and discussing data and are able to contribute to socially relevant issues.

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Master of Science

Degree Programme Code: 066 831

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: German

NO entrance examination



Instruction Language German

Please note that the instruction language of this programme is German. To start the degree programme, you need to hold a certificate of German proficiency on C1 level.

Study Programme

The master’s programme consists of the following modules:

  • Basic module on zoology
  • Methods and research training in zoology
  • Group of elective modules on zoology (morphology, anatomy and ultrastructure of animals; biodiversity and systematics of animals; developmental biology; theoretical biology; basic module on evolutionary biology; behaviour, neurobiology and cognition; ecological field methods - animals; basics of marine biology; interpretation of ecological data)
  • Group of elective modules on additional scientific skills for biologists
  • Master’s Thesis
  • Master’s Examination

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies (examples):

  • Evolutionary biology
  • Biodiversity
  • Marine biology
  • Ultrastructure
  • Mark-recapture techniques

     Overview of the programme structure & topics

    Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

    After Graduation

    The acquired competences enable graduates of the master’s programme to pursue a career in the following occupational fields:

    • academic research at universities, museums and research institutions
    • as self-employed staff in biological research projects
    • research management and laboratory organisation
    • science journalism, scientific documentation, presentation of scientific data, and public relations.

    Depending on their specialisation during their studies, graduates may also work in more applied occupational fields:

    • sub-areas of agricultural, medical and pharmaceutical research
    • species and animal protection at environmental protection organisations, national parks or zoological gardens
    • research administration at public authorities, parliaments, universities and planning agencies, as well as organisation of research promotion, planning and assessment
    • administrative tasks on the national and international level.

    Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

    Graduate Survey

    The University of Vienna regularly surveys graduates after the completion of their degree programmes about their experience with their degree programme and the university itself. The survey gives you insight into graduates perspectives of their studies from a subject and organizational related point of view.

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    Career Tracking of Graduates

    The alumni tracking provides information on the career progression of the graduates of the University of Vienna and provides orientation for entry into the profession after graduation (e.g. search duration of first job, salary development and sectors in which graduates are active).

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