Life Sciences

Education for a career in the life sciences

Medical technology, pharmaceuticals, biology, or chemistry: The life sciences are diverse. In Salzburg, there are many different training opportunities that prepare individuals for the rapidly growing industry. Graduates from Salzburg’s universities benefit from the excellent reputation of practical education and high demand for their expertise from domestic and international companies and research institutions at the forefront of the field. But even for children, the foundation for a future in the life sciences can be established.

Part-time vocational training and continuing education

The field of nursing and caregiving is a significant component of the life sciences. There are numerous opportunities for education and training in this area, catering to individuals looking to enter, re-enter, or transition their careers. With different levels of education, specializations, and career development pathways, this field holds great appeal for many. An overview of professions and training programs can be found on the official website of the State of Salzburg.

FH Salzburg (Salzburg University of Applied Sciences)

Paracelsus Medical University (PMU)

The PMU offers studies in the fields of human medicine, pharmacy, nursing science and public health as well as following continuing education:

Paris Lodron University Salzburg (PLUS)

At the PLUS, a comprehensive program called Uni 55-PLUS is offered specifically for individuals aged 55 and above, including courses on the topic of biology.

Non-university vocational and continuing education

In addition to the universities, the bfi (Vocational Training Institute) and the WIFI (Institute for Economic Promotion) also offer courses in the healthcare and social sector.

Students and young professionals

Aspiring students will find a wide range of educational opportunities in the field of Life Sciences at renowned universities in Salzburg. In addition to the Medical Degree Program at the PMU, there are various Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs, as well as doctoral studies, that allow for specializations in various areas. After successful completion of their studies, graduates benefit from a high demand for their expertise both domestically and internationally, with opportunities in private companies as well as prestigious research institutions. These programs offer innovative and exciting study concepts and content to prepare students for their career entry. The natural science programs at the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg (PLUS) are complemented by additional offerings at the University of Applied Sciences (FH Salzburg) and the Paracelsus Medical University (PMU).

FH Salzburg



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For children and adolescents

MINT Salzburg provides an overview of all the offerings in the fields of mathematics, computer science, natural sciences, and technology. Schools with a special MINT quality label are listed, as well as numerous events. For Kindergarten children the “Spürnasenecke” (Curious Corner) was developed by Salzburg secondary school teachers and a chemist. Children can playfully explore the world of technology, biology, physics, chemistry, and informatics.


19. July 2023

From Mozart to Hightech

In the Austria Picture that aired on ORF 2 on June 11th, our CEO Walter Haas stated, “Salzburg should stand for research, technology, and the future.” The program, produced by the Salzburg Regional Studio, focused on our innovation ecosystem.

28. November 2022

Healthier lifestyle through digital tools

The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Digital Health and Prevention in Salzburg is celebrating its third birthday.

19. September 2022

New collaboration for vesicle research

“Extracellular Vesicles Therapeutic Technologies” is a flagship project of the Science and Innovation Strategy of the state of Salzburg and is supported by funding from the state of Salzburg and the European Regional Development Fund for investments in growth and employment.

1. September 2022

Research and Transfer Centers in Salzburg

Salzburg has a strong research landscape with six universities and universities of applied sciences, as well as numerous non-university research institutions. The WISS2025 initiative further strengthens research structures in Salzburg.

30. June 2022

Salzburg’s Top Research Presented Itself in Vienna

Salzburg’s research landscape is impressive! To showcase flagship projects from the WISS, the Science and Research Strategy of the State of Salzburg, in the fields of Cybersecurity, Life Sciences, Circular Economy, and Startup Salzburg, Innovation Salzburg organized the WISS Roadshow on Wednesday, June 29th, at the House of Engineers in Vienna.

24. June 2022

START-Prize of over one million euros for young researcher

The bioscientist Elfriede Dall from the University of Salzburg has been awarded the START Prize, Austria’s most highly endowed and recognised science prize for young researchers. Over the next six years, the prize winner will have 1.2 million euros at her disposal for her research on the cell protein legumain.

8. November 2021

Philip Levine Research Award for Salzburg team

Eva Rohde and her team at Paracelsus Medical University are being awarded the Philip Levine Prize by the German Society for Transfusion Medicine and Immunohematology for their outstanding scientific work.

13. August 2021

Fighting Covid-19 as an economic boost

Covid19 has undoubtedly shaken up many things. Entire industries have had and continue to struggle with the effects; it is not predictable how quickly it will truly end. It is precisely this uncertain situation, the shift to digital processes, and the new significance of medical services that means a boost for some companies and initiatives.

19. July 2021

Using digital tools to improve sleep

Digital help for people with sleep problems: A virtual sleep lab will offer digital sleep analysis as well as coaching for optimizing sleep hygiene and sleep environment.

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