Evolutionary Systems Biology (Master)

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The English language master’s programme in Evolutionary Systems Biology at the University of Vienna and the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, aims at equipping students with the necessary competences to work as researchers in the area of evolutionary systems biology and deal with current research questions using modern methods. In addition, they are qualified to represent the discipline adequately both in basic research as well as in applied research areas. The master’s programme focuses on the combination of the three subject areas population genetics, quantitative biology and systems biology, as well as evolutionary developmental biology (EvoDevo) and molecular evolution. It aims at promoting interdisciplinary networking between biological disciplines and quantitative disciplines, such as mathematics, statistics and computer science.

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Master of Science

Degree Programme Code: 066 220

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: English

Entrance examination


Study Programme

During the first two semesters, the group of compulsory modules (Core Modules) imparts basic knowledge of research on evolutionary biology and systems biology and the methods commonly applied. This stage comprises the modules Population Genetics, EvoDevo and Molecular Evolution, and Quantitative Biology and Systems Biology. Additional compulsory modules and additional qualification modules (students’ choice) in the area of biology, mathematics and natural sciences complement the core modules and are a valuable addition to the master’s programme in Evolutionary Systems Biology. To complete the master’s programme, 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):

  • Population genetics
  • Systems biology
  • Molecular evolution
  • Applied data analysis
  • Bioinformatics

 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:

  • research at universities and in the non-university sector
  • basic and applied research (e.g. in medicine, biotechnology, pharmaceutical research, agricultural sciences and environmental sciences)
  • research communication
  • planning and implementation of research projects
  • research administration and research management
  • subject-related teaching activities at post-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.

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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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