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Botany, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #266 (QS) ,
The Master's Programme Botany at the University of Innsbruck covers the functions, structures, distribution and evolution of plants as well as the development of plant communities, especially in the Alpine regions. 


Areas of focus include molecular, cellular, organismic and social investigations of

  • biodiversity in the Alps and other mountain regions,
  • adaptation strategies for extreme climate conditions,
  • effects of climate change on vegetation,
  • current and historical vegetation and climate dynamics.

Master's theses are usually integrated into our numerous research projects, allowing insights into a wide range of modern laboratory and field work methods

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Master's Programme Botany at the University of Innsbruck may pursue careers in both research and practical areas, including biological-analytical laboratories of universities and research institutions, pharmaceutics, agriculture and forestry, environmental conservation and national park management, museums of natural science, and special fields such as archaeobotany, botanical forensics, biomonitoring and science journalism.The master's programme also prepares students for doctoral studies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Diversity of Selected Seed Plants
  • Flora and Vegetation of the Eastern Alps and Adjacent Areas 
  • Diversity of Selected Plants 
  • Lichens, Bryophytes, Ferns 
  • Evolution of Algae 
  • Plant Evolution 
  • Methods in Evolutionary Research, Plant Systematics and Biogeography 
  • Neobiota

                  Detailed Programme Facts

                  • Programme intensity Full-time
                    • Full-time duration 24 months
                  • Credits
                    120 ECTS
                  • Languages
                    • English
                  • Delivery mode
                    On Campus

                  English Language Requirements

                  This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

                  General Requirements

                  • Relevant bachelor's degrees at the University of Innsbruck - Bachelor's Programme Biology
                  • 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
                  • Apply online for your intended study programme
                  • In order to be admitted to a study programme you have to register in person at the Admission Department and bring along the official “Letter of Acceptance” (Mitteilung) of the Universität Innsbruck, your photo ID and everything asked for in the “Letter of Acceptance”
                  • At the moment for Non-EEA-citizens it is not possible to apply online

                  Tuition Fee

                  • International

                    Tuition Fee
                    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
                  • EU/EEA

                    Tuition Fee
                    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
                  We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
                  All students must pay the Austrian Students’ Union fee.

                  Living costs for Innsbruck

                  • 800 - 1300 EUR/month
                    Living Costs

                  The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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