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


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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 programmes 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 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:

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

... 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 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 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 wholesale trade sector and the manufacturing of basic pharmaceutical products 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 Chemistry".