Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology

University of Innsbruck

24 months
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The goal of the interdisciplinary Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology master's programme at the University of Innsbruck is to convey modern methods and concepts of molecular biology and cellular and development biology and their application in current biological-zoological and biomedical research.

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The Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology programme at the University of Innsbruck is based on elective practice-oriented courses from the fields of developmental biology and cellular biology, including aspects of biomedicine. The programme is organized by the Faculty of Biology in cooperation with the Medical University.Teaching is research-oriented and based on fundamental questions of the implementation of genomic information into biological processes.The research focus of the participating scientists and of the programme as a whole is on signal transduction and gene regulation in development, stem cells and regeneration of tissues, and functional and structural genome evolution.

Career opportunities

  • research in molecular biology and teaching activities in all fields of biology,
  • basic research in biomedicine,
  • scientific activities in companies (e.g. in pharmaceutics, medicine, toxicology, bioanalytics),
  • scientific activities in public and administrative institutions (e.g. in medicine, health care, food control, forensics, promotion of scientific research),
  • further activities in areas overlapping with other disciplines (e.g. journalism) in combination with additonal qualifications.

The master's programme also prepares students for doctoral studies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Selected Topics in Cell Biology 
  • Selected Topics in Developmental Biology
  • Instruction for Scientific Working
  • Methods in Histology and Microscopy
  • Methods of Histology and Scanning Electron Microscopy 
  • Bioinformatics 
  • Functional Genomics 
  • RNomics
  • Biochemistry of Cellular Macromolecules 
  • Recent Developments in Cell Biology/Cell Culture 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

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.


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