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Master's Programme Chemistry

Faculty Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy
Duration / ECTS-Credits 4 semesters / 120 ECTS-Credits
Academic Degree
Master of Science (MSc)
Qualification Level
Master (Second Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 7, EQF/NQF: Level 7
ISCED-F 0531 Chemistry
Mode of Study
Study Code
UC 066 862
Curriculum Information on the Curriculum (2009W) *
Language of Instruction German
Admission Requirements Relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent and Language Certificates

* Information on the Curriculum (2009W)

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:
  Section: Current Curriculum version.

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


Relevant bachelor's degrees at the University of Innsbruck:

Proof of general university entrance qualification:

The general university entrance qualification for admission to a master's programme must be proven by the completion of a subject-related bachelor's programme, another subject-related programme of at least the same higher education level at a recognised domestic or foreign post-secondary educational institution, or a program defined in the curriculum of the master's programme. To compensate for significant differences in subject matter, supplementary examinations (maximum 30 ECTS credits) may be prescribed, which must be taken by the end of the second semester of the master's programme. The rectorate may determine which of these supplementary examinations are prerequisites for taking examinations provided for in the curriculum of the master's programme.

In the course of the proof of the general university entrance qualification, the completion of the following core areas within the framework of the completed bachelor's degree programme shall be examined in any case:

  • 10 ECTS-Credits in the core area Mathematics/Physics
  • 20 ECTS-Credits in the core area General Chemistry/Inorganic Chemistry
  • 10 ECTS-Credits in the core area Analytical Chemistry
  • 20 ECTS-Credits in the core area Organic Chemistry
  • 20 ECTS-Credits in the core area Physical Chemistry
  • 15 ECTS-Credits in the core area Biochemistry/Macromolecular Chemistry/Theoretical Chemistry

Recommended Course Sequence

The exemplary course sequence given below is recommended for full-time students beginning their study programme in the winter semester. The table shows one possible course sequence for the bachelor's programme and is not compulsory. Delays resulting from repeated examinations are not taken into account.

The standard duration of the study programme is 4 semesters or 120 ECTS-Credits, whereby according to the Universities Act of 2002, a workload of 1,500 (real) hours per academic year must be fulfilled, corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits (one ECTS-Credit is equivalent to a workload of 25 hours).

First Semester »

12.5 ECTS-Credits: Sub-discipline (Elective Module 1 in 5)
12.5 ECTS-Credits: Sub-discipline (Elective module 2 in 5)
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Advanced Study * / Soft Skills*

Second Semester »

12.5 ECTS-Credits: Sub-discipline (Elective module 3 in 5)
12.5 ECTS-Credits: Sub-discipline (Elective module 4 in 5)
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Advanced Study * / Soft Skills*

Third Semester »

12.5 ECTS-Credits: Sub-discipline (Elective module 5 in 5)
12.5 ECTS-Credits: Advanced Study * / Soft Skills*
2.5 ECTS-Credits: Master’s Thesis ›continue fourth semester!

Fourth Semester »

   27.5 ECTS-Credits: Master’s Thesis
  2.5 ECTS-Credits: Master’s Thesis Defense

*Elective modules worth a total of 15 ECTS-Credits chosen from the advanced subjects of the 6 sub-disciplines of Chemistry and elective modules worth a total of 10 ECTS-Credits in the general competencies (Soft Skills) are to be completed successfully.

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MA Chemie_Studienverlauf_Stand 01.10.2016_en

Qualification Profile and Skills

  • The Master's Programme Chemistry is grouped among the natural sciences.
  • The goal of the Master's Programme Chemistry is to provide vocational training for chemists. The programme conveys knowledge and methods of scientific research in chemistry and professional responsibility for the profession of a chemist
  • The Master's Programme Chemistry is the basis for the Doctoral Programme Chemistry or related programmes.
  • The Master's Programme Chemistry is designed to focus on current research fields by closely linking theoretical knowledge and experimental/practical skills. The master's programme offers a thematically comprehensive education in chemistry while, through the choice of appropriate content, allowing far-reaching specialization in line with students' abilities and interests. In addition to the acquisition of advanced knowledge in the sub-disciplines of chemistry reflecting the current state of knowledge, the master's programme also fosters interdisciplinary key competencies (soft skills) while imparting a sense of responsibility concerning the benefits and risks of scientific research and applications.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates possess highly specialized knowledge in the field of chemistry. They are able to apply their knowledge at the intersections of related natural sciences by independently formulating and substantiating scientific arguments to find innovative solutions to problems.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

The master's programme is the basis for students to pursue career activities in research, technology, industry, environment and chemistry-related areas of public authorities. Graduates of the master's programme are capable of conducting research in the branches of chemistry independently and in leading roles. They can apply their skills in interdisciplinary contexts to find solutions to chemistry-related issues.

Postgraduate and further Studies at the University of Innsbruck

Supplementary Programme

Within the scope of the Study Programme, a Supplementary Programme corresponding to 45 ECTS-Credits or 60 ECTS-Credits may be passed. Admission to the Supplementary Programme requires the admission to or the having passed of one of the selected Study Programmes. Detailed information:

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 criteria
 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). 

Information about the Programme (in German only)

Forms (in German only)

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Standort Innrain 52d Piktogramm barrierefreier Zugang

Dean of Studies
Assoz. Prof. Dr. Thomas Müller

Information for students with disabilities 

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