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Master programme Biological Chemistry

Content and focus of the degree programme:

In the master programme “Biological Chemistry” students can choose between a specialisation in chemical biology and food chemistry. In both subject areas students will acquire in-depth specialised knowledge and skills for laboratory work. In the field of chemical biology the analysis of biological processes by using methods of analytical, inorganic, organic, physical and theoretical chemistry are studied. The development of new chemical methods, techniques and syntheses to examine and interpret biological processes on a molecular level is a central aspect. In the specialisation on food chemistry knowledge about the composition of plant and animal food products and their transformation during production, storage and cooking is taught. Students will acquire knowledge about mechanical, thermal, microbiological and chemical processes. Moreover students will get an introduction to microbiology, toxicology and food law.

Higher education institution:
University of Vienna
Group of fields of study:
Natural Sciences
Degree programme:
Biological Chemistry
Master programme
Academic degree:
Master of Science, MSc
4 Semester / 120 ECTS*

Further information:

Languages of instruction:
Student Union fee: EUR 20,20
Tuition fee - see Detailed information
Stay abroad:
Not compulsory
Type of higher education institution:
published in the:
MBl. 2006/07, Stk. 30 (Nr. 163), i.d.F. MBl. 2014/15, Stk. 28 (Nr. 202.1)

Definition of the field of studies

Biological chemistry includes the areas of chemistry, biochemistry and biology. In this subject chemical and molecular biology-related ways of thinking and methods are taught and studied.


The master programme consists of the approximation phase with mathematics and either chemistry or biology, depending on the student's choice, the consolidation course in chemical biology or food chemistry, the elective module broadening course and the master thesis. In both areas of concentration the consolidation course consists of bioanalytical chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, biochemistry, bioorganic chemistry and biophysical chemistry. The groups of elective modules of the consolidation course in chemical biology consist of microbiology & genetics, immunology, molecular cell biology and biotechnology. The groups of elective modules of the consolidation course in food chemistry include applied food chemistry, food technology and food microbiology and special food chemistry.

Entrance examinations


Supplementary examinations