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Study places every winter semester


with Master's thesis

Master of Science (MSc)

Academic degree


Language of instruction

Study on site

in Vienna/ Austria


IMHAI Coordination

Contact via email or phone

IMHAI Coordinator

Professor Ludwig Huber

Institutes Office

Jennifer Bentlage, MSc.

About the study

Students can deepen their knowledge of current research issues in the relevant disciplines of the natural sciences and humanities in the research-oriented Master's programme IMHAI. 

These include ethical issues as well as topics in behavioural and cognitive biology, comparative medicine and neuroscience, as well as research questions in the fields of animal welfare, animal husbandry, psychology and philosophy of science.

The programme is offered by the Messerli Research Institute in cooperation with the Institute for Animal Welfare Sciences and Animal Husbandry, the Domestication Lab as well as the clinics and other institutes of the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, the Medical University of Vienna and the University of Vienna

Why is an IMHAI study worthwhile?

Advantages of the study programme

  • Innovative research projects and the opportunity to interact with and learn from internationally recognised scientists in the field of Human-Animal Interaction one-to-one

  • Interdisciplinary education with simultaneous subject specialisation

  • The infrastructure of the Vetmeduni Vienna offers an optimal environment for teaching, research and direct interaction with animals (e.g. Clever Dog Lab, Haidlhof Research Station with Kea Lab, Goffin Lab, Wolf Science Center, VetFarm, university clinics)

  • Opportunity to participate closely in the discussion of current research questions and studies in weekly meetings and thus actively experience the local research community.

  • Students become part of an internationally connected alumni network after graduation. 


Career opportunities

  • research and/or teaching at the university and other institutions of higher education

  • research institutions in the pharmaceutical and biomedical industries

  • NGOSs or public institutions with a focus on animal welfare or animal-assisted therapy

  • non-university research institutions

  • public and private sector institutions (e.g. ministries, agencies, commissions)

  • executive functions in institutions with animal husbandry

  • expert committees and science journalism