Genetics and Developmental Biology (Master)

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The master’s programme in Genetics and Developmental Biology aims at providing students with profound knowledge of either genetics and molecular pathology, or cell biology and developmental biology, depending on the selected modules and alternative group of compulsory modules. Graduates of the master’s programme are qualified to independently deal with complex molecular and genetic issues, using state-of-the-art large-scale equipment. In addition, they have acquired all the necessary competences to conduct research in an international research environment.

Classes are held in German and English.

Master of Science

Degree Programme Code: 066 877

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: German

NO entrance examination


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Data updated on: 05.01.2022

*Click here for further information on statistical data in the field of teaching and learning. (in German)


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

Topics covered in the master’s programme include (among others): transmission genetics; mitosis; meiosis; chromosome biology; epigenetics on the level of DNA and proteins; molecular biology of the RNA; cellular machines; ion transport; behavioural genetics in drosophila; tumour genetics; molecular pathology; forward and reverse genetics in mammals, fish, drosophila and tetrahymena; yeast genetics; bioinformatics; methods in forward and reverse genetics; RNAi and small RNAs; functional genome research, including DNA chip technology; developmental genetics in Arabidopsis thaliana, drosophila melanogaster and mice; yeast sporulation; development of nerves; development of the skeleton; stem cells and cell polarity; reprogramming; in vitro differentiation of vertebrate cells; haematopoiesis, in vitro regeneration of plant cells; plant biotechnology; signal transduction in stress and development; development of gametes; cell cycle; cell differentiation and cell movement; cytoskeleton, biogenesis of peroxisomes.

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies:

  • Molecular pathology
  • Cell biology and developmental biology
  • Microbiology
  • Pathology
  • Genetics

... and many more.


 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:

  • academic career in private and public higher education and research institutions (in the fields of biology and medicine)
  • chemical and pharmaceutical laboratories and biotechnology
  • public administration in the fields of environment and medicine (e.g. in risk assessment and genetic engineering)
  • product development, production and quality control in the pharmaceutical industry
  • product management for biomedical and pharmaceutical companies
  • molecular biological analysis, medical and environmental diagnosis (industry, hospitals, private companies)
  • patent system (national/international organisations and companies).

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).

3 years after graduation ...

  • 72% of graduates residing in Austria are gainfully employed.
  • graduates earn approx. € 2,831 gross/month.
  • 15% of graduates work in the tertiary/post-secondary education sector.

*You can find precise information on implementation, evaluation and use as well as further data for this degree programme in the graduate tracking "MA Biology".