How good is an MSc in Microbiology

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Master's degree in microbiology

FacultyFaculty of Biology
Duration / ECTS-Credits4 semesters / 120 ECTS-AP
Academic degreeMaster of Science (MSc)
Level of qualificationMaster (2nd cycle)
ISCED-11: level 7, EQF / NQF: level 7
ISCED-F0511 biology
Type of studyFull time
Study indexUC 066 830
CurriculumInformation on the curriculum (2008W)*
classroom languageGerman
requirementRelevant bachelor's degree or equivalent and proof of language proficiency

* Information on the curriculum (2008W)

The overall version of the curriculum reflects the currently valid curriculum, is not legally binding and is for information only. The legally binding form of the curriculum including any changes can be found in the relevant information sheets.

Please refer to your study sheet for information on which version of the curriculum applies to you
available at:
Column: curriculum in the current version

Newsletters »

  • University of Innsbruck Bulletin October 17 2019, Issue 4, No. 53 (equivalence list)
  • Curriculum / full version (from October 1st, 2019)
  • University of Innsbruck Bulletin June 28 2019, Issue 65, No. 574 (modification of the curriculum)
  • Curriculum / full version (from October 1st, 2015)
  • University of Innsbruck Bulletin October 7, 2015, Issue 1, No. 2 (equivalence list)
  • University of Innsbruck Bulletin May 6 2015, Issue 26, No. 386 (modification of the curriculum)
  • Curriculum / full version (from October 1st, 2008)
  • University of Innsbruck Bulletin October 1, 2008, Issue 1, No. 4 (amendment of the curriculum)
  • University of Innsbruck Bulletin April 29 2008, Issue 37, No. 266


Relevant bachelor's degree at the University of Innsbruck:

Criteria for determining equivalence:

Admission to this master’s degree is also possible when completing another bachelor’s degree that is relevant. As part of the determination of equivalence, the completion of the following core areas is checked as part of the completed Bachelor's degree:

  • 5 ECTS-Credits from the core area of ​​chemistry and physics
  • 8 ECTS-Credits from the core area General Microbiology, Physiology and Systematics
  • 8 ECTS-Credits from the core area of ​​microbiological working methods
  • 5 ECTS-Credits from the core area of ​​applied microbiology

If only individual supplements (maximum 30 ECTS-Credits) are missing to establish equivalence, admission can be linked to the requirement for examinations to be completed as part of the master’s degree.

Recommended course of study

The exemplary course of study listed below is a recommendation for full-time students who start their studies in the winter semester. The list serves to illustrate a possible course of study and is not mandatory. Any repetitions of examinations or their effect on delaying the study period are not taken into account.

The standard period of study is 4 semesters or 120 ECTS-Credits, whereby according to the University Act, the workload of an academic year has to be 1,500 (real) hours and this workload is allocated 60 credit points (one ECTS credit point corresponds to a student's workload of 25 hours).

1st semester »

5.0 ECTS-Credits: PM Systematics of Microorganisms
5.0 ECTS-Credits: PM Physiology of Microorganisms
5.0 ECTS-Credits: PM Microorganisms in Habitat and their Use
15 ECTS-Credits: elective modules

2 semesters "

5.0 ECTS-Credits: PM Genetics and Genomics of Microorganisms
2.5 ECTS-Credits: PM Design of Experiments and Statistics
22.5 ECTS-Credits: elective modules

3rd semester »

7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective module
15 ECTS-Credits: Instructions for scientific work
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Master's thesis »continue in the 4th semester

4th semester »

7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective module
20 ECTS-Credits: Master's thesis
2.5 ECTS-Credits: PM Defense of the Master's Thesis (Defensio)

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Qualification profile and competencies

The master’s degree in microbiology provides in-depth scientific professional training on the basis of a relevant bachelor’s degree. The aim is a well-founded training in the technical basics as well as in terms of applications. In addition to theoretical and methodological specialist knowledge, the students should above all acquire a scientific way of thinking and working in order to understand and apply complex (micro) biological relationships.

Research and teaching at the Institute of Microbiology deal with archaea, bacteria and fungi. In addition to theoretical basics from systematics, physiology, molecular biology and ecology, application-oriented aspects are also taught (medicine, plant protection, environmental technology, biotechnology, soil biology, etc.). During the training, great value is placed on practical experience in the laboratory, in the field and in commercial practice. The master’s program also serves as preparation for a doctoral program.

Expected learning outcomes

Graduates of the master’s program in microbiology have both the necessary knowledge and the necessary skills and competencies to develop and implement methodically flawless solutions for subject-specific questions in microbiology. With the skills you have acquired, you can contribute to the interdisciplinary development of the subject of microbiology.

Future prospects: occupational fields and career opportunities

Scientific and managerial work as well as advisory, expert and expert work in private companies and public institutions (e.g. in the fields of industrial biotechnology, environmental biotechnology, food production and control, pharmaceutical industry, medicine, hygiene, agriculture, forestry and water management , Environmental protection, as well as in public administration, in museums, libraries and nature reserves).

Research and teaching activities at universities, (technical) colleges and other national and international research institutions.

Other activities in areas that overlap with other disciplines (geoecology, geography, agricultural sciences, archeology, medicine, employee protection, allergology, veterinary medicine, building protection, patent law, journalism and many other areas) in combination with appropriate additional qualifications.

The graduates of the Master’s program in Microbiology have the technical competence for a relevant doctoral program.

Further studies at the University of Innsbruck

Extension of studies

As part of this course, the extension course in computer science can be completed to the extent of 60 ECTS-AP. Admission to the extension requires admission to one or the already completed degree of a selected course of study. Further information is available at:

Information on the examination regulations including assessment and grading

Examination regulations

The examination regulations are an integral part of the curriculum, detailed information can be found under the section Examination Regulations.

Description of the grading system used (including the grading scale) »

The grade distribution scale is the statistical representation of the distribution of all positively completed exams that were recorded within a degree or subject (taking into account all registered students of a degree or subject). The grade distribution scale is updated at regular intervals.

Grading scale
Excellent performance
= 100%


Generally good, some bugs
Balanced, number of critical mistakes
Performance corresponds to the minimum criteria
Significant improvement needed, further work required

December 2020

Overall assessment of the qualification

Not applicable
Explanation: An overall assessment (with distinction passed, passed, failed) is only awarded for a final examination that consists of more than one subject (this is not provided for in the curriculum of this degree program).

Information on studying

Equivalence lists


Contact and information

Examination Office
Location Technikerstraße 17

Dean of Studies
Ao. Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Leopold Füreder

Further contact persons
Institute for Microbiology and Univ.-Prof. Dr. Heribert Insam Information portal for biology students at the University of Innsbruck

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