Biological Chemistry (Master)

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In addition to completing their chosen subject specialisation, students of the master’s programme in Biological Chemistry complement their education by choosing focus areas from other related subjects of chemistry, molecular biology or applied food chemistry, according to their interests. Therefore, graduates have a high level of competences in all fields that require experts for an integrated application of chemical and molecular biological methods and ways of thinking.

Master of Science

Degree Programme Code: 066 863

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: German

NO entrance examination



Instruction Language German

Please note that the instruction language of this programme is German. To start the degree programme, you need to hold a certificate of German proficiency on C1 level.

Study Programme

The master's programme in Biological Chemistry is divided into several modules, or groups of modules. It starts with a harmonisation phase and a specialisation module, where students can choose between Chemical Biology and Food Chemistry. This is followed by an elective module, allowing students to broaden their knowledge in the field. To successfully complete the master’s programme, students have to write a master's thesis and pass a master's examination.

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies (examples):

  • Genome research
  • Genetics
  • Immunology
  • Biotechnology
  • Food chemistry

     Overview of the programme structure & topics

    Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

    After Graduation

    Graduates with a subject specialisation in chemical biology can pursue a career in the following occupational fields:

    • academic career in private and public higher education and research institutions (in the fields of chemistry, biology, or medicine with a focus on biochemistry)
    • chemical and pharmaceutical laboratories and biotechnology (from start-ups to large-scale industry)
    • public administration in the fields of chemistry, environment and medicine (e.g. in risk assessment, genetic engineering and infection biology)
    • product development, production and quality control in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry
    • product management for chemical, biomedical and pharmaceutical companies
    • molecular biological and chemical analysis, medical and environmental diagnostics (industry, clinics, private companies)
    • patent sector (national/international organisations and companies)
    • consulting.

    Graduates with a subject specialisation in food chemistry can pursue a career in the following occupational fields:

    • research, development and control laboratories of the food industry
    • commercial laboratories
    • public and private food control
    • research at universities and other research institutions
    • as freelance experts for industry and trade
    • analytical laboratories of chemical industry, environmental protection and clinical chemistry.

    Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

    Graduate Survey

    The University of Vienna regularly surveys graduates after the completion of their degree programmes about their experience with their degree programme and the university itself. The survey gives you insight into graduates perspectives of their studies from a subject and organizational related point of view.

    Information about the Graduate Survey

    Career Tracking of Graduates

    The alumni tracking provides information on the career progression of the graduates of the University of Vienna and provides orientation for entry into the profession after graduation (e.g. search duration of first job, salary development and sectors in which graduates are active).

    Information about the Career Tracking of Graduates