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Master's Program Evolutionary Systems Biology, Academic Year 2017

The Master's program Evolutionary Systems Biology (ESB) is targeted to students with an interest in biological research and quantitative methods. Admission requires a completed Bachelor's degree in biology or a related field (such as biotechnology, biomedicine, or bioinformatics). Advanced quantitative skills are not a prerequisite. Applicants with a BSc in other natural sciences (e.g. Physics) or mathematics and statistics can also be admitted to the ESB Master's program, conditional on completion of additional courses in basic biology. Proof of English language skills is required for non-native speakers.

Candidate students of the ESB MSc curriculum are subject to the following admission procedure:

  1. Examination of formal pre-study requirements (Bachelor's degree or equivalent degree in statistics, mathematics, biology, biotechnology, biomedicine, bioinformatics or related disciplines).

  2. Examination of formal requirements in English proficiency for non-native speakers.

  3. Evaluation of the application package by the admission committee. Please note that the admission committee may request a Skype interview to complete the selection procedure.

  4. Notification of admission by email by July 15th.

  5. Confirmation by the future students within 3 weeks after receipt of the admission email.

Application deadline: April 30th

The deadline refers to the receipt of the electronic copy of the complete application. Applications for admission may be filed from March 1st to April 30th (all nationalities).

 

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Required documents

The applicants are required to upload the following documents in original language and translated copies in English or German:

  1. Full Curriculum Vitae in English

  2. Bachelor’s or equivalent degree in an appropriate field. If the degree has not yet been completed, it is sufficient for the selection process to provide a statement from the home institution that the Bachelor's degree is expected to be finished by September 30th. By this date all prospective students of the MSc Evolutionary Systems Biology need to have received their Bachelor's (or equivalent) degree.

  3. Proof of English proficiency (issued no earlier than 3 years before application date):
    Students of the Master's program Evolutionary Systems Biology need to be able to participate actively and passively in the courses, which will be taught in English. This corresponds to a proficiency level B2.
    Please provide a proof of your English skills, which could be either
    • a school leaving diploma (e.g. Matura, Abitur)
    • proof of successful completion of an English language degree program (at least 60 ECTS of completed courses in English)
    • or language tests, such as TOEFL (at least 230 points computer-based, 570 paper-based or 88 internet-based), IELTS (at 6,5), Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) (at least B2), Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) (at least C1) or an equivalent certification of the “Sprachenzentrum” (Language Center) of the University of Vienna or an equivalent certification.
  4. A file consisting of A) a motivation letter in English (1500-2500 words) which answers this question: “How will you benefit from the ESB Master's program for your future career?" and B) an essay (2-3 pages) about a self-selected scientific topic with perspective to your application to the ESB Master's program.

  5. Copy of your passport or identity card

Important: Details concerning the potentially necessary translation and/or legalisation of documents can be found on the website of Studentpoint.

Please note: The University of Vienna grants no financial support of any kind to Master's students of Evolutionary Systems Biology. Living costs at the city of Vienna are approx. € 1000 per month.

Study begin: 01.10.2017

Master's Program Evolutionary Systems Biology
Faculty of Life Sciences

University of Vienna
Althanstrasse 14
1090 Wien

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Joachim Hermisson
joachim.hermisson 'at' univie.ac.at

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ulrich Technau
ulrich.technau 'at' univie.ac.at

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christian Schlötterer, Vetmeduni
Vienna
christian.schloetterer 'at' vetmeduni.ac.at
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