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OMICS Technologies and Data Science in Biomedicine* master degree programme

*Start of studies: Autumn 2025 - subject to approval by AQ Austria
At the intersection of biotechnology and data science: The growing utilisation of data-driven OMICS technologies in biomedical research, the pharmaceutical and biotechnological industry, as well as healthcare, is leading to a rapidly increasing demand for highly skilled professionals.

This is where our part-time master degree programme OMICS Technologies and Data Science in Biomedicine takes centre stage. Upon graduation, you'll be equipped to conceive and implement pioneering projects in genomics, biotechnology, and data science, take charge of diverse teams and navigate intricate interdisciplinary challenges related to sustainability in healthcare.

The degree programme: Master of Science (MSc)

OMICS unravelled

OMICS technologies represent a relatively new field of research, describing the integration of various molecular biology methods ending in “-omics”.

In this programme, the focus is on genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics. Using large datasets, entire genomes, proteomes or metabolomes are analysed and evaluated.

OMICS technologies enable the simultaneous measurement of all molecules within a specific class in biological samples, providing a comprehensive picture of a biological system. OMICS analyses, for example, can identify biomarkers or molecular signatures indicative of existing or potential future illnesses.

Personalised medicine meets digital solutions

In biomedical research, particularly in the development of new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches in personalised medicine, OMICS data play a crucial role. These data enable more precise diagnoses and therapies tailored to the individual genetic profiles of patients. The OMICS research, therefore, drives scientific and technological innovations in personalised medicine.

Through early detection, prognosis, and disease monitoring, the care and treatment outcomes for patients can be enhanced, and potential side effects reduced. This more efficient use of resources represents a significant step towards sustainability in healthcare.

To decipher the vast amounts of generated biological data, known as multi-OMICS datasets, new digital solutions are required. In this degree programme, you will learn how to leverage data science, artificial intelligence, and machine learning to interpret collected data meaningfully and draw valuable insights.

Unique to Austria

The English-language master degree programme in OMICS Technologies and Data Science in Biomedicine spans 4 semesters. The programme offers a comprehensive approach to biotechnological research. It aims to prepare you for versatile careers in interdisciplinary and multiprofessional contexts in industry, research and healthcare.

A unique combination! As a graduate, you can contribute to cutting-edge research in biomedicine, pharmaceuticals, and clinical diagnostics.

Furthermore, the international study environment optimally prepares you for an increasingly multinational biotechnology sector.

Excellent opportunities for careers and PhD programmes

Our programme is designed in a part-time format. Employment during the studies is not a prerequisite, but you have the option to integrate your master thesis with an existing position if you are already working in a relevant field.

Upon completion of the programme, you have a wide variety of career options. Thanks to the international orientation of the course, job opportunities arise in both the local and global biotechnology industry. Additionally, you can explore diverse PhD programmes, both in Austria and abroad.

" As you progress through the programme, you will develop essential competencies in obtaining OMICS data and employing suitable statistical and bioinformatic tools for analysis and interpretation. The findings play a crucial role in pinpointing genetic variations, biomolecular patterns, and potential applications in the field of medicine. "

Programme director Harald Hundsberger

Curriculum

What can you expect from your studies? The curriculum provides an overview.
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  1. CourseSWSECTS
    Biological Background for Computational Bioinformatics 46
    Principles and Tools in Biological Data Analytics I 56
    Principles and Tools in Biological Data Analytics II 56
    Bioinformatics and Computational Biology 46
    OMICS Methods 46
  2. CourseSWSECTS
    Advanced Bioinformatic Tools for Medical OMICS Analysis 46
    Genomics and Transcriptomics Analysis 46
    AI Assisted Structural Biology 46
    Practical Approach for Generation and Evaluation of Genomics Data I 46
    Future Skills - Project and Quality Management for Life Sciences 26
  3. CourseSWSECTS
    Practical Approach for Generation and Evaluation of Proteomics Data II 36
    Practical Approach for Generation and Evaluation of Proteomics Data III 46
    Precision Medicine - Clinical Bioinformatics 46
    Capstone Project in Bio-Medical Data Analysis 46
    Master Thesis - Coaching I 26
  4. CourseSWSECTS
    Master Thesis - Coaching II 16
    Master Thesis 020
    Master Exam 04

Core topics

Biotechnology at the cutting edge: In the programme, you will learn how to explore new avenues in your biotechnological work through data analysis and interpretation. An overview of the main focus areas can be found here.

Biotechnological competencies

As a graduate, you possess expertise in biotechnological principles, techniques and their practical application and evaluation. You can plan and conduct biotechnological research and assess its sustainable impact.

OMICS data analysis competencies

After completing the programme, you master methods and concepts of genomics, proteomics and metabolomics, as well as bioinformatics and data analysis. Consequently, you can extract meaningful insights from complex OMICS data.

Data science competencies

As a graduate, you are adept at using bioinformatics software for professional and efficient data analyses. You also have a clear understanding of how to innovatively apply data mining, artificial intelligence (AI) and data visualisation in your research.

Interdisciplinary problem-solving and innovation competencies

In the programme, you learn to integrate biological and data science knowledge to solve interdisciplinary challenges in biotechnological research. This drives innovations in biotechnology and biomedicine and, using professional project management tools, contributes to the development of novel sustainable solutions, methods, and applications.

Competencies in research ethics and regulatory aspects

Upon completion of the programme, you have a solid understanding of ethical concepts and regulatory requirements in the fields of biotechnology, biomedicine and data science. You apply this knowledge competently as a contribution to good scientific practice.

Leadership competencies

As a graduate, you demonstrate leadership qualities and teamwork in multiprofessional and intercultural teams. Serving as a bridge between natural and health sciences research, you effectively communicate complex scientific concepts, methods and results, contributing to the development of sustainable solutions, methods and applications tailored to specific audiences.

Career options

As a graduate of our master degree programme in OMICS Technologies and Data Science in Biomedicine, you can establish yourself in numerous exciting professional fields.

After completing the programme, you also have the option to pursue a PhD at an Austrian or international university.

  • The professional areas open to graduates include
  • Biotechnology: You have excellent career prospects in companies specialising in molecular biology, genomic analyses and their applications.
  • Pharmaceutical industry: You can apply your expertise in pharmaceutical companies that utilise OMICS data for drug research, personalised medicine and clinical studies.
  • Genomic testing and diagnostic laboratories: As a graduate, you can also work in laboratories specialised in genetic testing and diagnostics.
  • Healthcare institutions and hospitals: Another field includes hybrid laboratories within healthcare facilities, analysing OMICS technologies for patient diagnosis and personalised treatment in both research and routine sample settings.
  • Research Institutions: Universities, universities of applied sciences and research institutions dedicated to biomedical research and data analysis also offer exciting post-graduate employment opportunities.
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Our team

Get to know the core team of our master degree programme Biotechnology and OMICS Data Science.

  • Prof.(FH) Priv.-Doz. Mag. Dr. Harald Hundsberger | Head of Institute Biotechnology / Programme Director Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology - IMC Fachhochschule Krems
    Prof.(FH) Priv.-Doz. Mag. Dr. Harald Hundsberger
    Head of Institute Biotechnology / Programme Director Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

    Head of Institute Biotechnology / Programme Director Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

    Prof.(FH) Priv.-Doz. Mag. Dr. Harald Hundsberger

    Core Competencies
    • Recombinant Protein Expression, Cell Culture Models, Peptide Engineering,

Application and admissions – the next steps

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What are the admission requirements for master programmes?

To qualify for a master programme, you must have completed a bachelor degree – with a workload of at least 180 ECTS and lasting at least six semesters – in a related subject, or hold an equivalent degree from a recognised Austrian or foreign higher education institution.

If your undergraduate studies are not sufficiently relevant, for instance if you’ve completed a degree in an unrelated subject, your qualifications will be assessed after we have received your completed application.

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Application interview

Everything revolves around the students on our Master degree programmes. That’s why we’d like to get to know you personally.

As part of the online application you will have to write a statement of motivation. Predefined questions about your motivation can be found in the online application. In your answers, which have to be entered in the provided input fields of the online application, you deal with the questions and explain your motivation to study the selected Master degree programme

Your statement of motivation and your CV (curriculum vitae) form the basis for your application interview. The admission interview is a one-to-one interview, usually with the degree programme director.
In addition to getting to know you personally, your motives for the Master degree programme will be discussed, as well as your professional background and the skillset you have acquired so far. Special attention will be paid to your previous academic and professional experience, your methodological and language skills and your general suitability with regard to your intended Master degree programme.

The application interview is held in the language of instruction of the degree programme and can take place online via Microsoft Teams or in presence.

Interview dates

There is usually a selection of dates to choose from, with quotas allocated for each date. You can select a preferred date and time slot for your admission interview during the online application process. In order to still benefit from the full selection of dates, we recommend that you submit your application in good time.

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After you have successfully completed your online application, your application will be checked for completeness and correctness. As soon as this process is completed, we will inform you by e-mail and confirm the date for your admission interview. We will send you the Microsoft Teams Meeting Link in a separate e-mail a few days before the application interview date.

Application for the next study year possible from 01/12/2024
Application deadline for EU nationals 15/05/2024
Application deadline for non-EU nationals 15/04/2024

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