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Molecular Biotechnology

Master, full-time

Overview

The English language Master degree program builds on the Bachelor degree program of the same name with the aim of further strengthening your knowledge of modern molecular biology. You will become a specialist with entrepreneurial skills in the field of molecular biology and human-oriented biotechnology. The degree program focuses on immunology or drug discovery. You will research the causes and effects of diseases in depth and understand new procedures and therapies are developed. Your world is research and development in the field of red biotechnology with prospects for taking on management positions.

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Elisabeth Hablas
Campus Vienna Biocenter
Helmut-Qualtinger-Gasse 2
1030 Vienna
T: +43 1 606 68 77-3500
F: +43 1 606 68 77-3509
biotechnologie@fh-campuswien.ac.at

Office hours
Mon-Wed, 8.00 a.m.-12.00 noon
Thu, 9.00 a.m.-12.00 noon and 1.00 p.m.-6.00 p.m.
Fri, closed

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Duration of course
4 Semester
Final degree
Master of Science in Natural Sciences (MSc)
50Study places
120ECTS
Organisational form
full-time

Application period for academic year 2018/19

1th October 2017 to 30th June 2018

tuition fee / semester:

€ 363,36*

+ ÖH premium + contribution**

 

* Tuition fees for students from third countries € 727 per semester

 

**for additional study expenses
(currently up to €83 depending on degree program and year)

What you can offer

Your interest in breaking new ground in the development of vaccines or medicines or areas such as stem cell research and a desire to take on management responsibilities are very good prerequisites for attending this degree program. You want to be at the forefront of developing new technologies. You are not looking for routine work, but major challenges in research and development. You are a very curious and frustration-resistant individual who wants to examine things extremely closely and you have the patience to take the many necessary steps to reach your findings. You are aware that alone you can achieve a lot, and in a team you can achieve everything. English as the language of life sciences is part of your everyday working life.

What we offer you

Located at the Campus Vienna Biocenter, you will be able to study and conduct research in state of the art lecture halls and laboratories. You will have access to the best equipment in Central Europe, including among other things an S2 laboratory (the second highest safety level). We share this important life sciences center with numerous research institutions and well-known biotech companies and maintain an active exchange of knowledge. For example, lecturers from the Vienna Biocenter integrate the latest results in stem cell research directly into their teaching. In addition, your education and research benefit from our close partnerships with the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna. We have built a strong international network that provides you the opportunity to study or conduct research at prestigious universities such as King's College or Imperial College in London, among the top 10 universities in the world. Numerous R&D projects in the degree program offer you the opportunity to participate in application-oriented practical research and to make valuable contacts for your future career. Practical relevance is also guaranteed at our Campus Lecture evenings, which are open to all and feature contributions from prominent experts.

What makes this degree program special

The Department of Molecular Biotechnology is active in medical and pharmaceutical research. Your education benefits from the results of our already established research fields: allergy research, cell-based test systems and signaling pathways of the cell. You will have the opportunity to participate in in vivo experiments in the fish model system. With the help of the fish it is possible to answer questions about functional genomics research and drug screening. Together with the Medical University of Vienna, we use the fish embryos to explore the regulation of the heat shock pathway after burns to improve their treatment. In allergy research, we focus on food allergies.

In addition, we are researching the pathological mechanisms of inhalational allergies, such as pollen allergies, with the help of epithelial cell culture systems. Together with the biotech company Ugichem, we are testing new concepts for peptide nucleic acid (PNA) applications to influence the molecular mechanisms of diseases such as cancer. And those are just recent examples. Thus, the degree program is not only a strong foundation for medical and pharmaceutical research, but also for a doctoral program at a university.


What you will learn in the degree program

  • This English language Master degree program, which is unique in Austria, offers you a balanced mix of molecular-biological subjects and the opportunity to choose more detailed courses in Immunology or Drug Discovery from the second semester on (electives are subject to availability. A selection process may apply.).

    • In the Immunology electives you will acquire additional knowledge in the areas of immunology, microbiology, vaccine development, system pathology and much more.
    • The Drug Discovery electives follow the main steps of modern drug development, from the first screening until the drug is approved. In addition to the theoretical know-how, you will learn the most important methods through practical training.

  • The degree program also focuses on the following subjects: Stem cells, human genetics/genetic testing, gene therapy, tumor biology, bioanalysis and molecular pathology.
  • You will improve your employment prospects with practical vocational auxiliary qualifications. You will learn more about innovation and the clinical development of drugs and will be able to move among the different cultures in the biotech industry. You will learn about bioethics as well as entrepreneurship and strategic business management.
  • During your studies you will become proficient in English, the international language of applied life sciences. In addition, you will learn interdisciplinary skills that are required in research and in management.

Curriculum

Grundstudium

Lecture SWS ECTS
English: The Language of Science ILV ILV

English: The Language of Science ILV ILV

Lector: Dr.in Mary Grace Wallis, FH-Prof. Dr. Paul Watson

2 SWS
2 ECTS

Lecture contents

The timetable for this semester will be provided as detailed information sheets and will be discussed during the first lesson.

See also below (Objective of the course).

Assessment methods

Your command of English, both spoken and written, will be continuously assessed during the semester and will be reflected in the final semester mark. Moreover your active participation in the lessons will also contribute to the overall mark.

Teaching methods

Spontaneous and prepared presentations. Brainstormings, Discussions, Debates. ‘Language clinics’. Individual, pair- and group-work.

Language

English

2 2
Start-ups ILV

Start-ups ILV

Lector: DI Franz Gatterer, MBA

2 SWS
2 ECTS

Lecture contents

Content of a Businessplan (description of business case)
- product and/or service
- market anaylses
- marketing
- management and key/core kompetences needed
- SWOT as bases of decisions
- planning of implementation
- investment required

Assessment methods

Evaluation of group results (written businessplan). On top of this, individual interviews with students about their results allow to adjust quality on an individual level.

Teaching methods

Groupwork: Students develop businessplan according standard model for technology intensive buseinss cases.Permanent interaction within teams but also between groups.

Language

English

2 2
General Pathology VO

General Pathology VO

Lector: Prim.Univ.Doz. Dr.med. Johann Feichtinger

2 SWS
3 ECTS

Lecture contents

Principles of general pathology including representative examples of organ pathology;
basics in morphology and clinico-pathologic correlations;
nomenclature and systemics of diseases;
methods applied in diagnostic pathology;

Assessment methods

Written multiple choice test

Teaching methods

powerpoint presentations;manuscriptglossarymindmaps

Language

English

2 3
Genetic Testing LAB

Genetic Testing LAB

Lector: Ao.Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Dietmar Abraham, Heidi Miedl, Ao.Univ.Prof. Dr. Martin Schreiber, Andrea Steinbauer, BSc MSc, Ao.Univ.Prof.Dr. Rotraud Wieser

2 SWS
2 ECTS

Lecture contents

Course participants shall acquire and deepen their knowledge and understanding of the background and use of genetic analysis for medical purposes. Three specific examples of widely used methods will be presented in detail by the course instructors, focussing on the details of practical performance of such methods. Course participants shall further develop the practical skills and expertise to apply selected modern molecular genetic methods in the laboratory in small teams following manuals and laboratory protocols provided: the reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction to demonstrate the presence vs. absence of leukemia associated fusion transcripts; multiplex PCR followed by hybridisation to immobilised allele specific oligonucleotides to detect mutations in the Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Regulator gene; and genotyping of a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in a patient collective and application of relevant statistical methods to correlate laboratory results with disease risk.

Assessment methods

There will be no formal exam. Attendance to the course, level of active participation, as well as accuracy and completeness of the laboratory protocol will be evaluated.

Teaching methods

Laboratory course with introductory lectures. Statistical evaluation of laboratory data.

Language

English

2 2
Genetic Testing Seminar SE

Genetic Testing Seminar SE

Lector: Ao.Univ.Prof. Dr. Martin Schreiber

1 SWS
1 ECTS

Lecture contents

By critically reading selected key scientific publications, students shall acquire knowledge and understanding of current methods and medical applications of genetic analysis. After an introductory lecture by the lecturer, each participant will work in a small team to present a selected publication from a common topic to the class in a “journal club” format, followed by a detailed discussion by all participants.

Assessment methods

Critical reading and oral presentation of the selected publication(s); Attendance; Active participation in the discussion sessions; Final written exam.

Teaching methods

Introductory lecture by the instructor to the common topic; critical reading of a selected publication, preparation of a powerpoint-presentation of this publication, and oral presentation to the class; Active participation in the discussion of the own presentation and of those of the other participants (“journal club” format). Students may choose to give their presentation in either German or English.

Language

English

1 1
Genetic Testing VO

Genetic Testing VO

Lector: Univ.-Prof.i.R. Dr. Christine Mannhalter

2 SWS
3 ECTS

Lecture contents

Applications of and strategies for gene analysis will be demonstrated for monogenetic, polygenetic and acquired disorders, e.g. tumors. The understanding and the knowledge of the students will be tested in regular discussions.

Assessment methods

The students will have to prepare a group work to a lecture related topic. The manuscript shall comprise between 10 and 15 pages, be structured similar to a masters thesis and be submitted at a certain time point.The manuscript will be corrected and a grade will be given to the manuscript (this means that the whole group gets the same grade).

Teaching methods

Power point slides, publications, discussion of practical examples

Language

English

2 3
In Silico Biology LAB

In Silico Biology LAB

Lector: Dr.in Anja Friedrich, Mag. Dr. Walter Glaser

3 SWS
3 ECTS

Lecture contents

The course teaches the basics of computer use in modern molecular biology research: search, download and analyze DNA and protein Sequnezen using local and Internet-based resources. Preparation of plasmid and prediction of restriction analysis, genomic resources, GO.
Dealing with literature data, display structures, sequence search (Fasta, Blast)
Databases: NCBI, EBI, PDB, Expasy, OMIM, others

Assessment methods

protocol, Report of Results

Teaching methods

Hands-on Problems

Language

English

3 3
In Silico Biology VO

In Silico Biology VO

Lector: Dr.in Anja Friedrich

1 SWS
2 ECTS

Lecture contents

The course teaches the basics of computer use in modern molecular biology research: search, download and analyze DNA and protein Sequnezen using local and internet-based resources. Preparation of plasmid and prediction of restriction analysis, genomic resources, GO.
Dealing with literature data, display structures, sequence search (fasta, Blast)
Databases: NCBI, EBI, PDB, Expasy, OMIM, others

Assessment methods

Report of results

Teaching methods

Hands-on Problems

1 2
Infection Biology VO

Infection Biology VO

Lector: FH-Prof.in Univ.Doz.in Dr.in Ines Swoboda

1 SWS
2 ECTS

Lecture contents

The lecture deals with the representation of the complex interactions between host and pathogen during infectious diseases. First, the defense mechanisms of the host, the innate and the adaptive immune system, are examined in detail. Then strategies of infection developed by pathogens to overcome host defense, survival and spread are presented. On the basis of model organisms infectious diseases caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa and parasites are discussed in more detail. Furthermore, diagnostic and clinical aspects and fundamentals of antimicrobial and antiviral therapy are discussed. Finally, the principles and the most important basic concepts and methods of epidemiology are presented.

Assessment methods

Written exam

Teaching methods

Lecture

Language

English

1 2
Innovation/Knowledge/Technology VO

Innovation/Knowledge/Technology VO

Lector: DI Franz Gatterer, MBA

1 SWS
1 ECTS

Lecture contents

Knowledgemanagement for R&D
- Knowledge definitions "stairs of knowledge"
- Types of Knowledge (Nonaka/Takeuchi /Polanyi)
- Approache of knowledge modelling
- perspectives of KM
- the SECI model and its meaning for R&D
- components of KM
- WEB20 options for KM
- KM and processes of implementation and evaluation

Assessment methods

brief study on R&D KM topics - realized with Mahara platform

Teaching methods

FH-Portal für Sekretariate.htm

Language

English

1 1
Intercultural Management ILV

Intercultural Management ILV

Lector: Monika Frauwallner, DI Franz Gatterer, MBA, Dr.in Mary Grace Wallis, FH-Prof. Dr. Paul Watson

1 SWS
1 ECTS

Lecture contents

• Students learn to fully recognize the richness of diversity, to find synergies and to capture and use them.
• Students from different countries, from different cultural backgrounds, from different universities, from different disciplines, of different genders and with individual life experience become acquainted. Through mutual exchange they, and their fellow students, experience those strengths and weaknesses that play a role in their education/profession.
• In a team the requirements of the studies are recognised and developed, compared with the individual’s own strengths and weaknesses and thus, the expertise developed to independently form teams and devise courses of action for specific tasks.

Assessment methods

Active participation

Teaching methods

• Comprehensive principle of systemic thinking.• Diversity Management.• Competence-oriented teaching and examination: The students are themselves the focus through collaborating in teams during the teaching of theory and working on problems. While developing their results self-reflection and peer feedback are applied. Methods such as brainstorming, active structuring and discussions (while problem solving and getting to know each other), flashlight (for feedback) and expert interviews are used.• Knowledge management.• Team building.• Project management.• Transcultural competence

Language

English

1 1
RNA Lab LAB

RNA Lab LAB

Lector: Andrea Steinbauer, BSc MSc, FH-Prof. Dr. Herbert Wank

3 SWS
3 ECTS

Lecture contents

RNA Methods:
Experiment 1: Nothern Blot (Glucose/galactose metabolism in yeast, RNA extraction from yeast, denaturing RNA agarosegel, RNA transfer, specific oligonucleotidehybridazation, band detection)

Experiment 2: EMSA (in vitro transcription with T7 RNA polymerase, RNA purification, RNA folding, native polyacrylgelelectrophoresis, RNA staining with methylblue, detection of the RNP complex)

Experiment 3: RNA stability. The RNA stability is tested by incubation RNA under different conditions. The stability will be analysed by agarose gel electrophoresis.

Assessment methods

The grade combines: Presence, motivation, enthusiasm, practical skills, written protocol.

Teaching methods

Practical Course

Language

English

3 3
RNA VO

RNA VO

Lector: FH-Prof. Dr. Herbert Wank

1 SWS
2 ECTS

Lecture contents

RNA basics, RNA structure, catalytic RNAs, RNA processing, RNA splicing, RNA editing, Riboswitches, RNA applications, Non-coding RNAs, RNA world, SELEX

Assessment methods

wirtten exam at the end of the lecture course

Teaching methods

lecture

Language

English

1 2
Tumour Biology VO

Tumour Biology VO

Lector: Ao. Univ. Prof. Mag. Dr. Jozefa Gadek-Wesierski

2 SWS
3 ECTS

Lecture contents

This course offers an overview on the changes and disturbances of the proper regulation of the cell cycle progression and on the dysfunction of the induction and execution of the programmed cell death which occur during the malignant transformation and finally lead to cancer development. Moreover, it includes the description of the most important post-translational modifications of proteins and their role in the functional regulation of distinct proteins involved in the signal transduction. It gives an understanding of the expression and the function of tumour suppressor genes and proto-oncogenes as well as the changes of their regulation (inhibition or constitutive activation) that essentially contribute to the cancer development.
This course aims at giving students an overall view of the complexity of the carcinogenesis that encompasses cooperation between a variety of changes, dysfunctions and pathways. This course includes several topics depicting the involvement of genetic and external factors in the carcinogenesis. It also gives an understanding of the role and balance between distinct suppressors and oncogenes in the angiogenesis and metastasis.

Assessment methods

Evaluation of regular participation and active cooperation as well as written examination

Teaching methods

lectures

Language

English

2 3

Elective: Drug Discovery

Lecture SWS ECTS
Drug Screening LAB

Drug Screening LAB

Lector: FH-Prof. Dr. Thomas Czerny, Dr.in Elisabeth Riegel

3 SWS
4 ECTS

Lecture contents

The therapeutic potential of a small molecule drug will be estimated with a variety of cell based test systems. On the one hand the activating potential of the small molecule on a specific pathway (heat shock response pathway) is analysed and on the other hand possible cytotoxic effects are estimated in a concentration dependent manner. A broad variety of assays is provided for the students including luciferase reporter assays, Western blot, qPCR, flow cytometry, ELISA and general viability assays. The students themselves select suitable methods.

Assessment methods

consist ofpretest on experiment instructionsperformance in the labprotocols of the experimentsdiscussion of results after the course

Teaching methods

practical course with independent performance of the experiments

Language

English

3 4
Drug Screening VO

Drug Screening VO

Lector: Prof.(FH) Mag. Dr. Christoph Wiesner

1 SWS
2 ECTS

Lecture contents

Students will learn how to isolate natural drugs (small molecules) from plants or how to produce biologics. Course Content also includes different in vitro Screening methods, HCS, HTS (including target-and phenotype-based drug discovery).

Assessment methods

written exam 100%

Teaching methods

-

Language

English

1 2
Signalling Pathways LAB

Signalling Pathways LAB

Lector: FH-Prof. Dr. Thomas Czerny, Dr.in Elisabeth Riegel

3 SWS
3 ECTS

Lecture contents

Important methods for the analysis of signalling pathways are applied. In parallel the knowledge about specific pathways is broadened. Applied methods are transient transfection in cell culture, reporter constructs with gfp and luciferase, overexpression of activators/repressors, Western analysis of cellular extracts, in vitro phosphorylation, fluorescence microscopy of labelled proteins, analysis of the cytoskeleton, determination of translational activity and pharmacologic manipulation of the pathways.

Assessment methods

consist ofpretest on experiment instructionsperformance in the labprotocols of the experimentsdiscussion of results after the course

Teaching methods

combined with the lecture "Signalling Pathways"lab work

Language

English

3 3
Signalling Pathways VO

Signalling Pathways VO

Lector: FH-Prof. Dr. Thomas Czerny

1 SWS
2 ECTS

Lecture contents

Important signalling pathways of the cell (e.g. MAP kinase-, GPCR-, Nuclear Hormone Receptor-, NF-kB-, Jak/Stat-, Wnt-, Hedgehog-, Tgfß-, Apoptosis-, PI3K/Akt- and stress pathways) are presented together with their effects on gene regulation and other functions of the cell. In addition the crosslinks with other pathways are discussed. Techniques for the analysis of signalling pathways are also presented, preparing the students for the practical course, which runs in parallel to the lecture.

Assessment methods

written exam

Teaching methods

lecturesPowerpoint presentations and down-loadssome chapters are discussed

Language

English

1 2
Therapeutic Strategies VO

Therapeutic Strategies VO

Lector: FH-Prof. Dr. Thomas Czerny, Doz. Mag. Dr. Wolfgang Sommergruber

1 SWS
2 ECTS

Lecture contents

Clinical failures and validity of targets, Extracellular signaling (endocrine – paracrine – autocrine; multitype); Mechanisms of signal transduction and the determination of the fate of a cell; Intracellular signal-transduction (signaling by phosphorylation and GTP-binding); PD-1/PD-L1 and CTLA-4 signaling in immune cells; Molecular mechanisms of EMT; Ligand-binding and effector specificity of receptor proteins; Acetylcholin: Same signal can lead to different effects in cells of different tissues;
Hormones: Small lipophilic molecules and their intracellular receptors; hydrophilic and lipophilic hormones and their cell-surface receptors; Hormone receptors (retinoid-x-receptor; PR, GR, AR and ER receptors); Hashimoto's thyroiditis, Graves' disease; nuclear receptors; Prostaglandin (PG) Biosynthesis (COX1, 2; COX inhibitors); prostaglandin signal-transduction pathways; Insect and snake venom (PLA2); Prostaglandins in breast cancer and endometriosis (autocrine and paracrine actions of PEG2 and PEF2a; biphasic activation of FGF-9 by PGE2; phagocytic ability of macrophages and PEG2; StAR and aromatase; aromatase inhibitors); G protein-coupled receptors; Ion-channel receptors; Tyrosine kinase-linked receptors; Receptors with intrinsic enzymatic activity; EGFR (mechanisms of EGFR dysregulation; therapeutic concepts, types of biomarkers); Molecular mechanisms of oncogene addiction and clinical resistance; Compensatory pathways in oncogenic kinase signaling and resistance to targeted therapies (EGFR, BRAF, SMO); Dual-specificity phosphatases: Critical regulators with diverse cellular targets; The hedgehog pathway in development and disease; Fusion proteins of ALK and their contribution to tumorigenesis; Tyrosine kinase-linked receptors; Types/mechanisms to die: Immunogenic cell death (ICD);

Assessment methods

Written exam short oral presentation (FlipChart + feedback discussion)

Teaching methods

Oral presentations with PowerPoint slidesPrinted handouts will be providedShort presentations by students on selected topics (FlipChart)

Language

English

1 2

Grundstudium

Lecture SWS ECTS
English: The Language of Science ILV

English: The Language of Science ILV

Lector: Dr.in Mary Grace Wallis, FH-Prof. Dr. Paul Watson

2 SWS
3 ECTS

Lecture contents

The timetable for this semester will be provided as detailed information sheets and will be discussed during the first lesson.

The students will work on a projekt which they will present at the end of semester at a "workshop".

See also below (Objective of the course).

Assessment methods

Your command of English, both spoken and written, will be continuously assessed during the semester and will be reflected in the final semester mark. Moreover your active participation in the lessons will also contribute to the overall mark.

Teaching methods

Spontaneous and prepared presentations. Brainstormings, Discussions, Debates. ‘Language clinics’. Individual, pair- and group-work.

Language

English

2 3
Intellectual Property & Patent Law VO

Intellectual Property & Patent Law VO

Lector: Dr. Irene Fialka, CMC, Mag. Dr. Manuela Loidl

1 SWS
1 ECTS

Lecture contents

• Which forms of protection of intellectual property are available? – trademark, industrial design, copyright, utility model, complementary protection certificate, patent
• invention vs. innovation?
• history of patent rights
• Why patent protection?
• Patent?
– effects of a patent
– what can be patented and what ist excluded from patent protection?
– what are the prerequisites for patent application/protection?
– How to define inventor?
– rigths and obligaitons of inventors as employees
• From application to patent grant
– structure of a patent application
– application and granting processes
- protective reach and duration
– legal measures
– fees and costs
– Where to apply for a patent
• how to protect on an international level and important national differences
• Rights of patent owners and legal measures
• international agreements (EU, PCT)
• Biopatents – legal framework
• Freedom to Operate - what does it mean, what for?
• Espacenet and how to use it for patent research
• patent lawyer - the profession
• basics in copyright
• basics in industrial design
• basics in trademark
• strategies and decision making
• important agreements– MTAs, CDAs, licensing contracts
• Licensing contracts
– basic principles
– important clauses
– Franchise

Assessment methods

written exam at the end of the coursemaximum number of points: 33<16,5 (i.e. < 51%) insufficient16,5 - 21 (i.e. 51% bis < 64%) sufficient21,5 – 25 (i.e. 64% bis < 77%) satisfactory25,5 – 30 (i.e. 77% bis < 91%) good 30,5-33 (i.e. ab 91%) excellentsome bonus points can be collected by individual work (in writing, max. 1 page A4 and/or oral presentation/contribution in the lecture

Teaching methods

lecture (with interactive elements)

1 1
Molecular Pathology LAB

Molecular Pathology LAB

Lector: Paula Dlugosz, MSc, Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Christine Haider, M.Sc. , Ao. Univ. Prof. Mag. Dr. Wolfgang Mikulits, Ao. Univ. Prof. Mag. Dr. Ernst Müllner, Ao. Univ. Prof. Dr. DI Johannes Nimpf, Maike Werning, MSc.

4 SWS
5 ECTS

Lecture contents

H&E staining and documentation of paraffin-sections of human tumor samples
Human blood (mononuclear) cells: preparation, assessment, and flow cytometry

Assessment methods

permanent observation of active participation, quality of data assessment and documentation

Teaching methods

*practical work in small groups of 3-4 students under permanent supervision by lecturers and tutors* specific web-based tutorials produced by lecturer and printed course material is provided

4 5
Molecular Pathology VO

Molecular Pathology VO

Lector: Ao. Univ. Prof. Mag. Dr. Wolfgang Mikulits, Ao. Univ. Prof. Mag. Dr. Ernst Müllner, Ao. Univ. Prof. Dr. DI Johannes Nimpf

2 SWS
3 ECTS

Lecture contents

I: culture of primary cells, organoids, cell engineering, tissue printing
II: hematopoiesis, hematopoietic stem cells, leukemia, leukemia treatment
III: stem cell transplantation, leukemia stem cells

Assessment methods

written exam at the end of the lecture

Teaching methods

classical lecture with material prepared by the lecturer

Language

German-English

2 3
Stem Cells LAB

Stem Cells LAB

Lector: Mag. Dr. Thomas Dechat, DI (FH) Sabrina Gruber, PhD, Dr. Arabella Meixner, Daniel Wenzel

3 SWS
3 ECTS

Lecture contents

The aim of this practical course is the experimental work with embryonic stem cells and induced stem cells. Culture conditions, charcaterization assays and embryoid body formation will be established. Gene expression analyses will be perforemd by RT-Rand qPCR.

Assessment methods

The grade combines: attendance, motivation, enthusiasm, written report

Teaching methods

Pratical course

3 3
Stem Cells VO

Stem Cells VO

Lector: Dr. Arabella Meixner

1 SWS
1 ECTS

Lecture contents

Stem cells have a great potential for organ regeneration. Why are stem cells so special? Which type of stem cells can be used? What kind of potential, how can cells be manipulated and how about the latest news in stem cell research will be discussed.

Assessment methods

Written examination

Teaching methods

Lectures with power point presentation

Language

English

1 1
Strategic Business Management 1 VO

Strategic Business Management 1 VO

Lector: DI Franz Gatterer, MBA

1 SWS
1 ECTS

Lecture contents

Strategic Management;
from vision to strategy;
Market analysis using Porter-Model;
SWOT as a useful tool to develop strategic options;
Product portfolio management (BCG-Model)

Assessment methods

Each student: written paper on this topic (approx. 2 Pages) will be evaluated. Topics/tasks will be worked on together with the students.

Teaching methods

Lectures with discussions, small peer-exercises

1 1

Elective: Immunology

Lecture SWS ECTS
Immunology LAB

Immunology LAB

Lector: Andrea Steinbauer, BSc MSc, FH-Prof.in Univ.Doz.in Dr.in Ines Swoboda

3 SWS
3 ECTS

Lecture contents

In the laboratory the students will deepen their theoretical, immunological knowledge with examples from the field of Allergy. Students learn important immunological methods (ELISA, Western blot, immuno screening of cDNA libraries, isolation of human leukocytes, flow cytometry, cell activation test) and learn how these methods can be used for the isolation and immunological characterization of allergens.

Assessment methods

Active participation, protocol

Teaching methods

Practical course

Language

English

3 3
Immunology VO

Immunology VO

Lector: Univ.Prof. Mag. Dr. Wilfried Ellmeier, Univ.Doz. Ao. Univ.Prof. Dr. Herbert Strobl

2 SWS
3 ECTS

Lecture contents

The lecture aims to provide an overview about the interaction of the different immune cell subsets under physiological (e.g. during the course of an infection) and under pathophysiological conditions (e.g. immune-mediated diseases such as allergy and autoimmune diseases). In addition, we will discuss concepts of clinical immunology and diagnostic tools and applications.

Assessment methods

written exam at the end of the lecture

Teaching methods

Lecture

Language

English

2 3
Microbiology LAB

Microbiology LAB

Lector: Univ.Doz. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Busse, Andrea Steinbauer, BSc MSc

3 SWS
3 ECTS

Lecture contents

This course will introduce the students to the handling of bacteria and to demonstrate their diversity. In one experiment the dependence of chemo-physical conditions on the success of cultivation of bacteria will be studied and the results will be evaluated. In another experiment bacterial isolates from different human sources will be characterized morphologically and physiologically according to techniques often applied in clinical diagnostics. Furthermore it will be attempted to identify an antibiotic-producing bacterial isolate from soil. Finally, an examination of potable water for the bacterial load will be carried out in dependence to legal regulations.

Assessment methods

Main criterion is the quality of the protocol but participation during the course may contribute, as well

Teaching methods

Learning by doing and observation. The superviser of this course will answer question of the students during the whole course.

Language

German-English

3 3
Molecular Virology VO

Molecular Virology VO

Lector: Ao.Univ.Prof. Dr. Dieter Klein, Dr.rer.nat. Christoph Metzner

1 SWS
1 ECTS

Lecture contents

The course covers the different phases of the viral lifecycle. Additionally, recent publications will be discussed during the course. Following subjects will be presented:
History and impact of viruses
Overview of the different viral life cycles
Viral entry and receptors
Viral replication
Assembly and budding
Viral maturation

Assessment methods

Written examination

Teaching methods

Lecture with discussions

Language

English

1 1
Pathology of Microbes VO

Pathology of Microbes VO

Lector: Univ. Prof. Dr. Franz Allerberger, Univ.Doz. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Busse, Priv. Doz. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Holger Scholz, Priv.-Doz. Dr. med. vet. Joachim Spergser, FH-Prof.in Univ.Doz.in Dr.in Ines Swoboda

2 SWS
3 ECTS

Lecture contents

The students get to know the most important human pathogenic bacteria, fungi and parasites. The organizing principles are presented, which are used to investigate the relationship between microorganisms, and the resulting taxonomy will be explained. Furthermore, methods and techniques are presented, which are currently used for the diagnosis of microbes, with a special focus on the molecular diagnostics and molecular typing of highly pathogenic bacterial pathogens.

Assessment methods

Multiple Choice Test

Teaching methods

Lectures

Language

English

2 3

Grundstudium

Lecture SWS ECTS
Bioethics VO

Bioethics VO

Lector: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Erwin Heberle-Bors

1 SWS
1 ECTS

Lecture contents

In seminar lectures the students have prepared in groups, they should present the ethical aspects and their pros and cons relevant to a selected topic. In plenary discussions these ethical aspects are deepened.

Assessment methods

Evaluation of oral presentation

Teaching methods

Seminar lectures by students, discussion

Language

English

1 1
Biotech Seminar SE

Biotech Seminar SE

Lector: FH-Prof. Dr. Thomas Czerny

1 SWS
1 ECTS

Lecture contents

In this course the students learn strategies of scientific research. In a small group they develop such a strategy, by designing experiments and work packages which they evaluate according to different criteria like costs, effort, efficiency, .. Finally each group presents its strategy.

Assessment methods

Presentation und discussion of the developed strategy

Teaching methods

Seminar

Language

English

1 1
Clinical Development of Medicines VO

Clinical Development of Medicines VO

Lector: Univ.-Doz. Dr. Bernhard Fischer, MBA

1 SWS
1 ECTS

Lecture contents

Overview of the clinical development process of biotechnology-derived molecules and drugs in the Eurpean Community. In addition to planning and performance of general clinical studies, special information for SME-organisations, for Orphan Drug Designation, for Advanced Therapy Products and for "high-risk" drugs will be provided.

Assessment methods

Written examination at the end of the course.

Teaching methods

Lecture

Language

English

1 1
Forward and Reverse Genetics LAB

Forward and Reverse Genetics LAB

Lector: FH-Prof. Dr. Thomas Czerny, Dr.in Elisabeth Riegel, Andrea Steinbauer, BSc MSc, Christoph Steurer, MSc

3 SWS
3 ECTS

Lecture contents

Experiments will be performed for genetic manipulation of living organisms and cell culture cells.
The program includes
Basics of the fish model system
microinjection of embryos
in situ hybridisation of embryos
use of transgenic lines with inducible expression
miRNA as a reverse genetics method

Assessment methods

Assessment of the work in the lab, written exams at the beginning and end of the lab course and a written summary of the experiments.

Teaching methods

lab work

Language

English

3 3
Gene Therapy Practical LAB

Gene Therapy Practical LAB

Lector: Reinhard Ertl, Ao.Univ.Prof. Dr. Dieter Klein, Mag.rer.nat. Melanie Korb, Dipl.Biol. Sarah Schlosser

3 SWS
3 ECTS

Lecture contents

The theoretical part of the lecture will introduce the basic aspects of gene transfers using retroviral vectors. Additionally, different methods for the estimation of the succes of gene transfer will be discussed in detail.
During the practical part of the course gene transfer experiments will be performed by the students. Afterwards the sucess of the gene transfer will be estimated using different molecular methods (FACS-analysis, real-time PCR, fluorescence mocroscopy).

Assessment methods

Assessment of the attendence and the written protocol

Teaching methods

Practical course including a theoretical part

Language

English

3 3
Gene Therapy VO

Gene Therapy VO

Lector: Ao.Univ.Prof. Dr. Dieter Klein, Dr.rer.nat. Christoph Metzner

1 SWS
1 ECTS

Lecture contents

The following topics will be covered during the course:
Principles of gene therapy
Overview on applications of gene therapy
Gene transfer methods
Methods for gene tranfer estimation
Characteristics of different viral vector systems
Non-viral vector systems
Retroviral vectors
Adenoviral vectors
Adeno-assoziated viral vectors
Other viral vectors
Applications of gene therapy for different diseases
Problems and perspectives

Assessment methods

Written Examination at the end of the lecture

Teaching methods

Lecture

Language

English

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Proteomics LAB

Proteomics LAB

Lector: DI Karl Mechtler, Dr. Peter Pichler

2 SWS
3 ECTS

Lecture contents

The lecture provides an introduction into the basic principles of proteomics: sample preparation & fractionation (1D and 2D GE, HPLC, CE, SCX RP and affinity chromatography, difficulty of contamination e.g. keratins, SDS, salts). Explanation of the principles of mass spectrometry: ion sources (MALDI, ESI), types of mass spectrometers (TOF, quadrupole, ion trap, FT ICR) and the respective combinations e.g. MALDI-TOF/TOF etc. Resultion R and mass accuracy dm/m (ppm). Improvement of the latter by delayed extraction & reflectron for MALDI-TOF. Isotopic distribution, single and multiple charged ions (ESI). PMF (peptide mass fingerprinting), principles of data base analysis of mass spectra. Collision induced dissociation CID, MS/MS analysis and de novo sequencing. In addition an introduction into the methods of quantitative proteomics, as well as the analysis of post-translational modifications.

During the "hands on" lab every student excises a band containg a protein out of a 4-20% SDS-PAGE (Tris/Glycin) gradient gel. Purification, reduction and alkylation of Cysteines, o/n digestion with Trypsin, next day spotting onto a MALDI target, and generation of a PMF mass spectrum with MALDI-TOF and MSMS spectra of the most intense peptides. Subsequently identification of the protein with database search algorithms.

Assessment methods

Lab work, lab protocol and written exam.

Teaching methods

Lecture, "hands on" lab work, computer lab to learn how to operate commonly used proteomics software (Mascot, Protein Prospector).

Language

English

2 3
Regulation of Gene Expression VO

Regulation of Gene Expression VO

Lector: FH-Prof. Dr. Thomas Czerny

1 SWS
2 ECTS

Lecture contents

The different levels of gene regulation are discussed
Transcriptional regulation (transcription in eucaryotes, transcriptional activation, properties of transcription factors)
Posttranscriptional regulation (splicing, transport, stability of mRNA, translational control)
Effects of chromatin (composition, histone modifications, regulation, epigenetics)
Examples of signalling pathways

Assessment methods

written exam in the last lecture

Teaching methods

lecturesPowerpoint presentations and down-loads

Language

English

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Scientific Method SE

Scientific Method SE

Lector: FH-Prof. Dr. Thomas Czerny, FH-Prof.in Univ.Doz.in Dr.in Ines Swoboda, FH-Prof. Dr. Herbert Wank, FH-Prof. Dr. Paul Watson

1 SWS
1 ECTS

Lecture contents

During this seminar, the students will present the topics of their Master thesis projects and discuss the chosen strategies and methods.

Assessment methods

continuous evaluation

Teaching methods

Presentations; Q & A sessions; independent literature searches.

Language

English

1 1
Strategic Business Management 2 ILV

Strategic Business Management 2 ILV

Lector: DI Franz Gatterer, MBA

2 SWS
2 ECTS

Lecture contents

Capstone Session on Business Management Context:

Alignment of the triangle:
* Strategic Perspective as Business Driver
* derived perspective on implementation through processes
* embedded perspective on humans through leadership session

create landscape of relevant knowledge in the sense of LL

special sessions from guest lecturer on business development and recruiting ..

Assessment methods

Evaluation of individual contributions and participation in given classroom discussions and Tasks.

Teaching methods

workshop, interactive conversations in groups, peers,

Language

English

2 2
Transcriptome LAB

Transcriptome LAB

Lector: Dr.in Anja Friedrich, Mag. Dr. Walter Glaser

2 SWS
3 ECTS

Lecture contents

work includes a microarray experiment including design, wetlab, hybridization and to data analysis

Assessment methods

result resumee

Teaching methods

hands on lab and teaching

Language

English

2 3

Elective: Drug Discovery

Lecture SWS ECTS
Biologicals VO

Biologicals VO

Lector: Dr. Christian Kössl

1 SWS
1 ECTS

Lecture contents

The lecture course “Biologics” gives an overview over the most relevant aspects of biotherapeutics drug (=biologics) discovery, development, and production. Biologics are the fastest growing type of drugs gaining more and more importance in several key therapeutics areas and indications like Oncology, Metabolism and diseases of the CNS.

Major differences and therapeutic consequences between small molecule drugs and biologics are discussed; examples of major classes of biologics will be presented.

Discovery and engineering of therapeutic monoclonal antibodies will be discussed in more detail.
Approaches and methods for biopharmaceutical production and purification will be discussed; major aspects and challenges of protein analytics and physicochemical characterization of biologics will be highlighted.

Assessment methods

written examination

Teaching methods

lecture; discussions with students highly appreciated

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Drug Target Interactions VO

Drug Target Interactions VO

Lector: FH-Prof. Dr. Thomas Czerny, Dr. Klaus Rumpel

2 SWS
2 ECTS

Lecture contents

At the center of this course is the drug and its interaction with target proteins. Methods for determination of protein structures and characterization and quantification of protein ligand interactions are presented. In addition strategies and methods for the optimization of these interactions are discussed (lead optimization, rational design). Furthermore, aspects of pharmacokinetics (ADME, prodrugs) are presented. The underlying principles are demonstrated by selected examples.

Assessment methods

written exam in the last lecture

Teaching methods

lecturesPowerpoint presentations and down-loads

Language

English

2 2
Laboratory Animals LAB

Laboratory Animals LAB

Lector: Ass.-Prof. DI Dr. Thomas Kolbe, Univ. Prof. Dr. Thomas Rülicke, Dr.med.vet Christiana Winding-Zavadil

1 SWS
1 ECTS

Lecture contents

The aim of the lecture is to gain skills and expertise in laboratory animal handling and behavior (with a focus on mouse and rat) and acquisition of techniques for substance application and sampling.
Practical training for personnel carrying out procedures on animals according to FELASA B guidelines.

Assessment methods

participation and written examination

Teaching methods

Demonstration and tutorial

Language

English

1 1
Laboratory Animals VO

Laboratory Animals VO

Lector: Univ. Prof. Dr. Thomas Rülicke

2 SWS
2 ECTS

Lecture contents

The development and current topics of Laboratory animal science as a discipline in biomedical sciences. Laboratory rodent husbandry, hygienic concepts and their monitoring. The principles of the three R’s during planning and implementation of animal experiments.

Assessment methods

written examination

Teaching methods

presentation

Language

English

2 2
Molecular Pharmacology VO

Molecular Pharmacology VO

Lector: Mag. Dr. Gerda Brunhofer-Bolzer

2 SWS
3 ECTS

Lecture contents

The most commonly prescribed drugs are being discussed in the course of this class including drugs e.g. used for the treatment of metabolic syndrome, coagulation disorders, chronic inflammation. The lecture focuses on the mode of action of drugs from a biological as well as pharmaceutical chemical point of view.

Assessment methods

Written exam at the end of the lecture

Teaching methods

Lecture, interactive seminar. All powerpoint slides are provided to the students. Additional literature will be provided.

Language

English

2 3

Elective: Immunology

Lecture SWS ECTS
Neurobiology VO

Neurobiology VO

Lector: Dr.phil. Dr. med.univ. Karl-Heinz Huemer

2 SWS
3 ECTS

Lecture contents

membrane physiology, action potentials, elektrotonic/saltatoric conduction, synapses, important transmitter systems & pharmacological modulation, temporal & spatial integration, pre/postsynaptic inhibition
motor functions of the spinal chord, basal ganglia, cerebellum and cortex incl changes of lesions in these regions
structure and function of the autonomic nervous system (peripheral & central coordination) incl effects on important organs
sensory systems: mechanorecption, pain, equilibrium, smell, taste
CNS: cortex, EEG, activationg systems, sleep, circadian rhythms, learning & memory, language

Assessment methods

continuous evaluation of contributions during the coursesupplementary final written exam

Teaching methods

problem-based approach to the topic with preparation in small parallel groups

Language

English

2 3
Vaccine Development SE

Vaccine Development SE

Lector: FH-Prof.in Univ.Doz.in Dr.in Ines Swoboda

1 SWS
1 ECTS

Lecture contents

The seminar deepens the students' knowledge in the field of vaccine development by operating first in-depth literature search on selected topics and then summarizing the knowledge acquired in a presentation and in a written work.
Students will actively participate in the presentations of other colleagues, in which they ask questions and offer constructive criticism.

Assessment methods

Presentation, discussion, manuscript

Teaching methods

Seminar (literature search, presentation, discussion, manuscript)

Language

English

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Vaccine Development VO

Vaccine Development VO

Lector: Dr. Shailesh Dewasthaly

1 SWS
2 ECTS

Lecture contents

The course will begin with general product development in the field of pharmaceutical world. From product development, intricacies involving vaccine product development will be discussed. Detailed discussions on some approved/licensed vaccines will also be done. Some important aspects of vaccine production cGMP will also be a part of the lecture. Since most of the above discussions will be from an 'industry perspective' one lecture will be held to describe the 'regulatory authority perspective'.

Assessment methods

Seminar assignment and presentation

Teaching methods

Normal interactive lectures with power point slides.

Language

English

1 2
Vascular Biology VO

Vascular Biology VO

Lector: Julia Pointner, PhD, Assoc. Prof. Priv.-Doz. Dr. Gernot Schabbauer

2 SWS
3 ECTS

Lecture contents

The present lecture is sectioned in two major topics: hematology and vascular biology/pathology.

HEMATOLOGY

1. erythrocytes: structure, cytoskeleton, hemoglobin, gas-exchange, degradation of erythrocytes, iron metabolism, blood types.
2. leukocytes: morphological leukocyte determination in light microscopy
3. thrombocytes: structure, activation, adhesion, aggregation, interaction with cells or ECM
4. hemostasis: coagulation, cell-based model of hemostasis, fibrinolysis, inhibitors, coagulations tests
5. laboratory diagnostics: sample preparation, plasma/serum, clinical chemistry, red/white blood cell counts, serology
6. hematological disorders: reactive disorders of erythrocytes/leukocytes/thrombocytes, malfunction of hemostasis

VASCULAR BIOLOGY
1. overview of the vascular system: definitions, structure, blood/lymph-system
2. development of blood vessels: vasculogenesis, angiogenesis, role of specific angiogenic growth factors
3. the endothelium: biology of endothelial cells, structure of endothelium, types of endothelium
4. features of the endothelium: regulation of vascular tone, endothelium and cell adhesion, endothelial dysfunction

VASCULAR PATHOLOGY
1. the role of the endothelium in acute inflammatory response: systemic and local disease - e.g. sepsis and acute lung injury
2. atherosclerosis as a chronic inflammatory process: risk factors, lipid metabolism, atherogenesis, pathophysiology of instable lesions/plaque rupture, animal models of atherosclerosis research

Assessment methods

The written exam consists of 40 single choice questions and 3 general questions (one for each topic of the lecture). Grades are based on the average score of participants.

Teaching methods

Lecture (Power-Point presentations, board), recent reviews.

Language

English

2 3

Grundstudium

Lecture SWS ECTS
Master Thesis VO

Master Thesis VO

Lector: FH-Prof. Dr. Herbert Wank, FH-Prof. Dr. Paul Watson

0 SWS
28 ECTS

Lecture contents

Undertaking independent research on a scientific topic and then writing a Master thesis.

Assessment methods

Expert assessment

Teaching methods

Research

Language

German-English

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Master seminar SE

Master seminar SE

Lector: FH-Prof. Dr. Herbert Wank

2 SWS
2 ECTS

Lecture contents

In the Master thesis seminar, students present the topic of their thesis projectand give a status report on their progress. They will also actively participate in the presentations of other speakers (asking questions, constructive criticism, etc.).

Assessment methods

Active participation

Teaching methods

-

Language

German-English

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Semester dates
Winter semester: 6th September 2017 to 2nd February 2018
Summer semester: 19th February to 13th July 2018

Number of teaching weeks
18 per semester

Times
Mon. to Fri. all day; some vocational subjects also held on Sat.

Language of instruction
English


Career opportunities

As a specialist, you will mainly be engaged in research and development during your future employment. You can undertake a life science PhD at an Austrian or international university. You are qualified to lead lab or research groups. In addition, you have the entrepreneurial know-how to set up your own start-up. You will work in the following industries and sectors: 

  • Medical research (e.g. tumor biology, vaccine development, degenerative diseases)
  • Research and development departments of established pharmaceutical (life science) companies as well as biotech start-ups
  • Universities, non-university research establishments (e.g.: The Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austrian Institute of Technology) and hospitals
  • Analytical laboratories in the industry, government agencies and clinics
  • Plant protection institutes and the plant protection industry
  • Veterinary research and development
  • The food industry

Admission

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor degree or equivalent similar qualification from an institute of higher education with a total of 180 ECTS credits

In the disciplines of biotechnology, food biotechnology, medical-technical services, molecular biology or biology with a focus on genetics/microbiology, pharmacy, medicine

With at least
> 20 ECTS credits in chemistry (general, analytical chemistry and physical chemistry, organic and bioorganic chemistry, biochemistry), > 25 ECTS credits in biology (molecular biology & genetics, cell biology, microbiology, genomics)
> and at least 6 ECTS credits in mathematics, statistics, informatics.
This is valid for those degree programs which have already implemented the ECTS system. In exceptional cases, the University Council will make a joint decision with the head of the academic section.

  • Equivalent certification from abroad
  • Regulation for the admission of third country citizens: Info sheet (PDF)

Equivalence is determined by international agreements, validation or in individual cases a decision by the head of the academic section.

Application

There are 50 places available in the bachelor's degree program in Molecular Biotechnology each year. The ratio of places to applicants is currently around 1:3.

To apply you will require the following documents:

  • Birth certificate
  • Proof of citizenship
  • Proof of residence
  • Bachelor/diploma certificate or equivalent certificate from abroad
  • Transcript(s) of records
  • Written proof of your English skills (for applicants outside the EU, EEA and Switzerland)

English as a first language or one of the following certificates:
> Test of English for International Communication (IELTS) 7-9
> Cambridge English Advanced (CAE)
> Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE)
> Test of English for International Communication  (TOEIC) 880-990
> Test of English as a Foreign Language, internet-based test (TOEFLiBT ) 110-120
> UNICERT (III)

Please note that the examinations have to be passed at the time of application and all IELTS, TOEIC and TOEFL scores must be valid.

  • A completed table with the relevant ECTS credits from your previous studies: Biology (25), Chemistry (20), Mathematics (6) - please also as an electronic document.
  • If necessary, the certificate of completion of compulsory military or civil service.

Please note:

It is not possible to save incomplete online applications. You must complete your application in one session. Your application will be valid as soon as you upload all of the required documents and certificates. In the event that some documents (e.g. references) are not available at the time you apply, you may submit these later via email, mail or in person by no later than the start of the degree program.

The selection process

The selection process consists of a written test to assess the knowledge and understanding of the applicant at the bachelor level and an interview with the selection committee.

You will complete a multiple choice test to assess your knowledge of biology, molecular biology, cell biology, chemistry, mathematics, logic, and English.

Afterwards, you will undergo an interview with the selection committee in which you will have the opportunity to present your career, your motivation, your studies and your professional goals.


Contact

Secretary's office

Elisabeth Hablas
Campus Vienna Biocenter
Helmut-Qualtinger-Gasse 2
1030 Vienna
T: +43 1 606 68 77-3500
F: +43 1 606 68 77-3509
biotechnologie@fh-campuswien.ac.at

Office hours
Mon-Wed, 8.00 a.m.-12.00 noon
Thu, 9.00 a.m.-12.00 noon and 1.00 p.m.-6.00 p.m.
Fri, closed

Information: Application and Admission
Mag.a Elisabeth Malle, PhD
T: +43 1 606 68 77-3505
elisabeth.malle@fh-campuswien.ac.at

Teaching staff and research staff


Cooperations and Campusnetzwerk

We work closely with numerous biotech companies, universities, such as the University of Vienna, and research institutes and have a strong international network. This guarantees you strong contacts for a semester abroad, participation in research and development activities or your professional career. You can find information about our cooperation activities and much more at Campusnetzwerk. It's well worth visiting the site as it may direct you to a new job or interesting event held by our cooperation partners!

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