Behaviour, Neurobiology and Cognition (Master)

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The master’s programme in Behaviour, Neurobiology and Cognition aims at teaching the wide range of modern behavioural as well as cognitive biology and neurobiology. It is designed in a way that links the different disciplines of neuroscience and behavioural science. Students acquire profound knowledge of the correlations between behaviour and physiological processes in humans and animals.

Master of Science

Degree Programme Code: 066 878

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: German

NO entrance examination

Curriculum

Attention

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

Depending on their specialisation, they acquire different core competences:

  • Behaviour: Based on previously acquired knowledge, students gain advanced knowledge of special areas of behavioural biology, such as behavioural endocrinology, communication, social behaviour and human-animal relationships.
  • Neurobiology:  This specialisation focuses on the structure and function of nervous systems, and the senses and motor functions of animals on different organisational levels.
  • Cognition: This specialisation qualifies students to understand cognition from a comprehensive biological perspective. This includes a profound understanding of phylogenetic and evolutionary dimensions, functions and mechanisms in animals and humans, but also of the correlations of genetics and the environment, nature and culture, and evolution and ethics. Students have the opportunity to apply and strengthen the knowledge they acquired by conducting experimental research in small groups.

Five Concepts

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

  • Behavioural endocrinology
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Human-animal relationship
  • Sound communication
  • Physiology

     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

    Graduates can pursue a career in the following areas:

    • teaching and research at universities, departments of academies and other non-university research institutions
    • public authorities and federal agencies (e.g. in Austria, environmental departments of provincial governments, the Environment Agency Austria, the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety)
    • research administration at federal ministries, parliaments, universities and companies, as well as organisation of research promotion, planning and assessment
    • work in zoological gardens or aquariums
    • advisory functions in the area of pet keeping and animal husbandry
    • expert activities and collaboration in national and international environmental protection departments
    • work in the area of environmental protection, protection of species and animals
    • science journalism, academic documentation and editing activities (publication institutions, publishers, companies and other organisations)
    • public presentations (exhibitions, multimedia, eco events)
    • science management and laboratory organisation
    • consulting and participation in the area of environmental policy
    • risk assessment and research.

    Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

    Graduate Survey

    The University asks graduates to provide their opinion about the degree programme immediately after graduating. The survey results show how graduates evaluate the degree programme they completed from a subject-specific and organisational perspective.

     

    The graduate survey is an important feedback tool for continuously improving the quality of studies.

    Career Tracking of Graduates

    The tracking of graduates provides information about the career paths of the University of Vienna graduates and aims at providing guidance for career entry after graduation (e.g. questions about the duration of job search until first employment after graduation, salary development and sectors that graduates are active in).