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Joint Degree Master Program Molecular Biology

Content and Subject of the Master Program Molecular Biology

The Joint Degree Master Program Molecular Biology at the Faculty of Natural Sciences of the University of Salzburg and the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences of the Johannes Kepler University Linz provides a deeper understanding of the molecular, cell biological and biotechnological disciplines of the life sciences. Building on a broad foundation of core scientific disciplines such as (bio)chemistry, (bio)physics, mathematics, and biotechnology, this program offers molecular and cellular-oriented biologists in-depth training in organic chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics, bioanalytics, structural biology, genetics, cell biology, systems biology, and molecular biotechnologies. The study-specific training is rounded off by interdisciplinary subjects. The offer of this specialization in molecular biology is designed to be flexible in the sense that it reflects the current state and development in various disciplines of molecular biology. This offer is also oriented towards the demand on the part of the students as well as the respective available resources and the use of individual courses also by students of other fields of study.

Qualification and professional fields

Graduates of the Joint Degree Master Program Molecular Biology are competitively qualified for the national and international job market in the field of molecular biology, cell biology and biotechnology in academia and industry. Graduates of the Master’s program Molecular Biology are eligible for the following career fields, among others:

  • Academic career incl. basic research at universities and universities of applied sciences as well as other public or private research institutions
  • Research activities and careers in pharmaceutical, clinical and medical institutions
  • Product management and marketing for chemical, pharmaceutical or biotechnological products
  • Development, quality control and production in pharmaceutical and bio-pharmaceutical companies
  • Molecular biology laboratories
  • Chemical-analytical laboratories, bio- and environmental analytics
  • Clinical laboratories
  • Public administration and investigation bodies in the chemical, environmental and medical fields
  • Medical and health care sector in public or private institutions
  • Risk assessment and minimization in public bodies or chemical/pharmaceutical/biotechnological plants
  • Area of approval/authorization of pharmaceutical/medical products
  • Area of trademark and product protection, patenting in companies or public institutions

 Interview with Ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Hannelore Breitenbach-Koller as part of the Science Friday project