Food Chemistry (Master)

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The master’s programme in Food Chemistry aims at providing an academic education, spanning the areas of food chemistry, food toxicology, analytics in food chemistry and basics of food law. Graduates are qualified to independently analyse food, (food) contact materials and cosmetics with regard to their ingredients and possible contaminants, from an academic, legal and toxicological perspective. In addition, they are qualified to independently deal with analytical questions, plan and implement analyses of plant-based food and food of animal origin, as well as of possible contaminations.

Therefore, this master’s programme does not only concentrate on the theoretical basics of food chemistry, food law, physiology, toxicology and analytical chemistry, but also places a strong focus on practical work in the laboratory. This way, students learn to deal with the material they have to analyse, as well as with modern methods of analysis and analytical instruments.

Master of Science

Degree Programme Code: 066 659

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 programmes in Food Chemistry consists of the following modules:

  • Alternative group of compulsory modules/alternative compulsory module (consolidation phase)
  • Compulsory modules on Food Chemistry, Food Toxicology and Applied Food Analytics
  • Supplementary compulsory module
  • Compulsory module “free elective module”
  • Master’s thesis
  • Master’s examination

The primary language of instruction in the master’s programme in Food Chemistry is German. However, some courses may be held in English. Therefore, we recommend language proficiency in English corresponding to level C1.

Five Concepts

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

  • Mass spectrometry
  • Toxicology
  • Chemical analytics
  • Food law
  • Microbiology and hygiene

 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 of the master’s programme have profound knowledge of food research and food safety. This enables them to pursue a career in a wide range of occupational fields:

  • in public and private food inspection
  • as experts for patent offices, industry and trade
  • in research and development laboratories in the food and cosmetics industry
  • in laboratories in toxicological research and food safety
  • in analytical laboratories in the chemical industry, environmental protection and clinical chemistry
  • in research at universities and other research institutions.

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