Diploma Programme Pharmacy

As of winter semester 2015/2016 this programme is no longer open to new entrants. For information on the succeeding bachelor’s programme please consult this page »

Faculty Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy
Duration / ECTS-Credits 9 semesters / 270 ECTS-Credits
Academic Degree
Magistra/Magister der Pharmazie (Mag.pharm.)
Mode of Study
Study Code
UC 449
Curriculum Information on the curriculum (2003W) *
Admission Requirements Secondary school completion certificate or equivalent
Supplemental examinations Supplemental examination in biology and environmental sciences is required before admission to the study programme if this subject was not completed satisfactorily with at least 10 credit hours at a higher-level secondary school ("Oberstufe"). Supplemental examination in Latin is required before completion of the bachelor's degree programme if this subject was not completed satisfactorily with at least 10 credit hours at a higher-level secondary school.
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Information about the Admission Procedures

New admission procedures will take place at the University of Innsbruck. Further information about the Admission Procedures is available here.

* Information on the curriculum (2003W)

The complete version of the curriculum reflects the currently valid version of the curriculum. It is for informational purposes only and is not legally binding. The legally binding version of the curriculum, including any amendments, may be found in the University of Innsbruck Bulletins.

In order to determine which version of the curriculum is applicable in your case, see the Catalogue of Studies,  available at: https://lfuonline.uibk.ac.at/public/lfuonline_meinestudien.studienblatt
  Section: Current Curriculum version.

University of Innsbruck Bulletins » (Click to open all University of Innsbruck Bulletins)

Information about examination regulations, assessment and grading

Examination regulations

The examination regulation is an integral part of the curriculum, detailed information can be found under the paragraph examination regulations.

Description of the applied grading system (including the grade distribution table) »

The grade distribution table is a statistical representation of the distribution of all successfully completed examinations in a given programme of study or subject (based on all registered students for the programme or subject). The grade distribution table is updated in regular intervals.

Austrian grading
 Outstanding performance

= 100%


 Generally good, but with some errors
 Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors
 Performance meets the minimum cirteria
 Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work

Dezember 2021

Overall classification of the qualification

Not applicable
Explanation: An overall classification (mit Auszeichnung bestanden/pass with distinction, bestanden/pass, nicht bestanden/fail) – is awarded only for examinations that conclude a programme of study and consist of more than one subject (an examination of this type is not specified in the curriculum of this programme of study).

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP)

The Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP) requirements cease to be effective as of academic year 2014/2015 and no longer apply for students of this study programme.

Students who enrolled for this programme before 1 October 2014 (academic year 2014/2015) can repeat not successful completed courses which were designated in the curriculum as “STEOP courses” four times (= five examination attempts). As per Universities Act § 77 (2), previous attempts are to be counted among the number of total examination attempts permitted.

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP) until summer term 2014 »

(1) The Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP), with a duration of one semester (30 ECTS-Credits), provides an overview of the study programme and its structure in order to give students an objective basis to assess their decision to pursue their chosen subjects.

(2) During the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage, the following course examinations, which may be repeated twice, must be completed satisfactorily:

1. Comprehensive lecture series in Pharmacy (VO 2, 3 ECTS-Credits)
2. Introduction to Stoichiometry and Biostatistics (VO 2, 2 ECTS-Credits)
3. General Chemistry and Inorganic Pharmaceuticals (VO 4, 6 ECTS-Credits)
4. General Biology for Pharmacy (VO 3, 4 ECTS-Credits)

(3) A positive result (passing grade) on the examinations specified in Paragraph 2 permits students to attend all courses and take all examinations following the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP) and to write a bachelor's thesis as described in the curriculum. The registration requirements specified by the curriculum must be met.

General Information

Subjects / Modules

The Diploma Programme Pharmacy consists of three sections, with a total duration of nine semesters and a work-load of 223 semster hours, including 23 semester hours of elective courses.

The diploma programme conveys knowledge from various fields, divided into four core subjects

  • Pharmacognosy  
  • Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Pharmaceutical Technology

These four core subjects are the examination subjects of the second section of the diploma programme.

The courses of the first section of the Diploma Programme in Pharmacy convey the fundamentals of mathematics, physics, IT, chemistry and analytics, biology, hygiene and microbiology, anatomy, (patho)physiology, and first aid. They are grouped among the following propaedeutic examination subjects: Propaedeutic Biologic-Medicinal Subjects, Propaedeutic Chemical Subjects, Interdisciplinary Subjects.

The courses of the third section of the diploma programme are grouped into the examination subjects Special Pharmacy I and Special Pharmacy II. These courses provide advanced and in-depth knowledge, specialization and preparation for independent scientific work (diploma thesis).

Qualification Profile and Skills 

In modern society, pharmacy plays a key role in the health care sector. It is a teaching and research subject in the natural sciences, with a strong link to the field of medicine. Pharmaceutical sciences focus on pharmaceutical products and all related aspects.

The Diploma Programme Pharmacy conveys necessary skills and abilities with which tasks can be conducted independently, compentently and efficiently, including knowledge of development, production, quality assurance, composition, preparation and storage, biological effect and interaction of pharmaceuticals as well as their safe use.

In addition to traditional pharmaceutical-related activities, graduates may perform important roles in areas involving informing and advising patients and doctors. This requires additional interdisciplinary skills in patient-oriented pharmacy and health care.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates possess highly specialized knowledge in the field of pharmacy. They are able to integrate, transfer and implement scientific methods and knowledge of pharmaceutical sciences at the intersections of other related natural sciences.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

The traditional occupational field of more than 80 percent of pharmacy graduates is in public pharmacies and hospital pharmacies. Due to their wide-ranging interdisciplinary training, graduates are also qualified for other fields of activity, including the following areas:

  • schools (CPHT education),
  • industry (research, production, approval, analytics),
  • health authorities,
  • inspection and testing institutes (forensic analysis, environmental protection, narcotics analysis, residue analysis laboratories),
  • specialist publishers,
  • colleges and universities.

Postgraduate and further Studies at the University of Innsbruck

Information about the Programme (in German only)

Forms (in German only)

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Standort Innrain 52d Piktogramm barrierefreier Zugang

Associate Dean of Studies
Ao. Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Alexandra Koschak

Information for students with disabilities

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