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Master programme Botany

Contents and focus of the degree programme:

Research in the field of Botany is closely related to the Alpine areas. The focus is on the examination of adaptation strategies to extreme climatic conditions on the molecular, cellular and organismic level, resettlement and migration associated with climate change, vegetation and climate history associated with human activities in historic times. The contents of the courses in the areas of development and cell biology, geobotany, classical and molecular biogeography, ecophysiology, palynology and paleoecology, plant diversity and plant systematics, biogeography of plants and plant physiology reflect the current research activities. The special research area “HiMAT – The History of Mining Activities in the Tyrol and Adjacent Areas - Impact on Environment & Human Societies” was established at the University of Innsbruck in 2007 and it is coordinated by the Department of Botany. It deals with the impact of mining on the cultures and the environment of the Alps from the Neolithic Age to the Modern Age.

Higher education institution:
Universität Innsbruck
Group of fields of study:
Natural Sciences
Degree programme:
Master programme
Academic degree:
Master of Science, MSc
4 Semester / 120 ECTS*

Contact & Information materials:

Further information:

Languages of instruction:
Partly English
Student Union fee: EUR 19,70
Tuition fee - ask at your institution Detailed information
Stay abroad:
Not compulsory
Type of higher education institution:
published in the:
MBl. 2007/08, Stk. 40 (Nr. 269), i.d.F. MBl. 2009/10, Stk. 42 (Nr. 328), MBl. 2014/15, Stk. 25 (Nr. 385)

Definition of the field of studies

Botany deals with the functions, the distribution and the evolution of plants.


The degree programme consists of the compulsory modules "Instructions for academic working“ and "Defence of the master's thesis“ as well as elective modules from the areas of “Plant diversity and plant systematics“, “Geobotany”, “Palynology and Paleoecology”, “Plant physiology”, “Ecophysiology of plants”, “Development biology and cell biology of plants” and “Biogeography of plants”. A master’s thesis must be written to complete the programme.

Entrance examinations


Supplementary examinations