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


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Data updated on: 5.8.2021

*Click here for further information on statistical data in the field of teaching and learning. (in German)


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 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:

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

... and many more.


 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 asks graduates to provide their opinion about the degree programme immediately after graduating. The survey results show how graduates evaluate the degree programme they completed from a subject-specific and organisational perspective.


The graduate survey is an important feedback tool for continuously improving the quality of studies.

Career Tracking of Graduates

The tracking of graduates provides information about the career paths of the University of Vienna graduates and aims at providing guidance for career entry after graduation (e.g. questions about the duration of job search until first employment after graduation, salary development and sectors that graduates are active in).

3 years after graduation ...

  • 75% of graduates residing in Austria are gainfully employed.
  • graduates earn approx. € 2,753 gross/month.
  • 15% of graduates work in each of the scientific research and development (non−university) sector, the scientific research and development sector and the wholesale trade sector.

*You can find precise information on implementation, evaluation and use as well as further data for this degree programme in the graduate tracking "MA Chemie".