How to apply


Admission Procedure

1. Compulsory Online Pre-Registration 

2. Application for Admission: Please check the general BOKU admission regulations!

NOTE: Admission applications have to be sent directly to the BOKU Study services in order to be processed. Contact information 

General Requirements

  • Bachelor in a related area
    Applicants are required to master the following subjects and skills:

    • Identify and systematically categorise essential groups of plants and animals, as well as describe their anatomical and physiological characteristics, and to understand similarities and differences;
    • Comprehend significant interrelations between organisms and their environment on the level of autecology, synecology and population ecology, as well as evaluate their basic roles for the functioning of ecosystems;
    • Discuss fundamentals of the structure (abiotic and biological components) and ecological functioning of freshwater ecosystems;
    • Understand basics of inorganic and organic chemistry, as well as understand essential physiological and biogeochemical processes;
    • Comprehend fundamental environmental processes such as, climate, water cycle and basic hydrology;
    • Apply mathematics and statistical methods to perform explorative and descriptive data analyses, calculate and interpret simple ecological models;
    • Recognise and describe types of rocks and soils, as well as understand essential processes of rock and soil formation and its implications for the shaping of the environment; and
    • Understand fundamentals of geographic information systems and apply GIS software.


  • Conditional Admission
    Overview on thematic requirements:

    1. Fundamentals in Natural Sciences (Naturwissenschaftliche Grundkentnisse)

      • Statistics (mathematical fundamentals for statistical analyses, fundamentals in statistics, explorative & descriptive data analyses, basics in ecological modelling): 2 ECTS
      • Chemistry (basics in inorganic & organic chemistry, biogeochemical processes): 3 ECTS

    2. Fundamentals in Environmental Sciences (Umweltwissenschaftliche Grundkenntnisse)

      • Soil Sciences: 3 ECTS
      • Geology: 2 ECTS
      • GIS (theoretical background  of GIS and application of GIS software): 2 ECTS
      • Meterology: 2 ECTS
      • Hydrology: 3 ECTS

    3. Fundamentals in Biology & Ecology (Biologisch-ökologische Grundkentnisse)

      • Ecology & biology (botany, zoology, anatomy, physiology, taxonomy, autecology, synecology, population ecology, functional role of organisms in ecosystems): 6 ECTS
      • Aquatic ecology (hydrobiology, limnology): 3 ECTS

    PLEASE NOTE
    ECTS = European Credit Factor; at BOKU 1 ECTS equals to 25 hours of Study Load;
    All course subjects stated above must be followed within a BSc study programme of an internationally recognised university.
    Not all course subjects which are stated above must be followed before applying for admission to Applied Limnology - some course subjects can be also followed during the Applied Limnology studies. However, we very much recommend to finalise the majority of course subjects before applying for admission. In particular for non-german speaking applicants we strongly advice to take all course subjects beforehand, since BOKU can not provide all course subjects stated above in English language at BSc level.

  • English language requirements for admission to an English Master programme at BOKU:
  • English language certificates at a level of B2 or C1 of the European Reference Framework have to be submitted for the admission.
    Equivalent to these certificates are the following exams:

    • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English
    • IELTS-Test results of 6.0 or better
    • TOEFL (paper based 577 or computer-based 233 or 90-91 internet based)
    • TOEIC (at least 785 points)
    • Completion of a study programme that was entirely taught in English from countries with English as the official language