Botany (Master)

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The master's programme in Botany at the University of Vienna aims to prepare students for a career as scientists, who are able to deal with current research issues in the field of botany, using modern methods. In addition, graduates are qualified to represent the discipline adequately, both in basic research as well as in applied research areas. The degree programme focuses on combining the special fields of systematic and evolutionary botany, structural botany and molecular plant biology. It promotes interdisciplinary networking, also with non-botanical disciplines.

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Master of Science

Degree Programme Code: 066 832

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: English

NO entrance examination


Study Programme

The master’s programme consists of the compulsory modules Systematic and Evolutionary Botany, Structural Botany, Molecular Biology of Plants, Basic Methods of Botany, Advanced Methods of Botany and Specific Research Project, as well as an individual specialisation (elective courses). In addition, students have to write a master's thesis and pass a master’s examination.

Five Concepts

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

  • Structural botany
  • Molecular biology
  • Evolutionary biology
  • Ecology
  • Biodiversity patterns

 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 profile of the master's programme in Botany combines expert knowledge of biological topics, focusing on plants and mushrooms, the professional application of specific methods, and general competences (such as transfer of knowledge or teamwork). Accordingly, graduates can either continue their academic training by enrolling on a doctoral programme, or work in various areas of basic and applied research.
Graduates of this degree programme have the opportunity to pursue a career in the following occupational fields:

  • research at universities and at public or private non-university research institutions
  • basic and applied research in the business sector, or in other business-oriented fields, such as agricultural and environmental sciences, medical and pharmaceutical research.
  • species protection at NGOs, environmental organisations or national parks
  • in the fields of production, quality control, marketing or technology management in sectors related to (crop) plants
  • freelance biological research in the context of documentation, transfer and analysis of scientific data (e.g. work as a reviewer)
  • maintenance of scientific collections (e.g. museums, botanical gardens)
  • science journalism, environmental education
  • project planning, project acquisition and project execution
  • research administration and research management
  • subject-specific teaching at secondary educational institutions.

    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.

    Information about the Graduate Survey

    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).

    Information about the Career Tracking of Graduates