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Master's Programme Materials Sciences and Nanosciences

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 0588 Inter-dis.progr. involv. Naturalsci., Mathematics and Statistics
Mode of Study
Study Code UC 066 657
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.

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 »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Comulsory Module
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Comulsory Module
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Comulsory Module
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

Second Semester »

  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Comulsory Module
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Comulsory Module
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Comulsory Module
  2.5 ECTS-Credits: Comulsory Module
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

Third Semester »

  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Comulsory Module
    5.0 ECTS-Credits: Comulsory Module
    5.0 ECTS-Credits: Comulsory Module
    5.0 ECTS-Credits: Comulsory Module
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
    5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

Fourth Semester »

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

Graphic chart »

MA Material- und Nanowissenschaften_Studienverlauf 2016_en

Qualification Profile and Skills

The Master's Programme Material and Nano-Sciences has an interdisciplinary focus. With emphasis on the design, synthesis and analysis of advanced materials, and with particular attention to nano-structured materials, the programme is suitable for graduates of the Bachelor's Programmes chemistry, physics, geo- and atmospheric sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, engineering and environmental engineering. It offers students broad fundamental training in the subject, introduces applied technical subject areas and features extensive practical exercise and laboratory work. The inclusion of nano-science, with its grounding in the fundamental disciplines of chemistry and physics, makes the programme complementary to the training of civil engineers in the area of traditional working materials. A comprehensive range of advanced modules provides graduates in-depth knowledge, preparing them for their intended careers and/or future doctoral studies.

Graduates possess broad fundamental knowledge of the structure and properties of crystalline and amorphous materials and knowledge of theoretical concepts required for the calculatation of material characteristics. They possess in-depth knowledge of corrosion, tribology and the practice of modern material synthesis and analysis. This comprehensive expertise is completed by multidisciplinary vocational skills (soft skills).

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates possess highly specialized knowledge in the fields of nano-science, material synthesis and material analytics. They are able to apply their knowledge in the field of advanced materials and at the intersections of physics, chemistry, material and nano-sciences by independently formulating and substantiating scientific arguments and finding innovative solutions to problems.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

The interdisciplinary and research-oriented master's programme opens up a wide range of occupational opportunities for graduates, in particular material development in university and industrial research, material analytics and quality assurance, and material inspection and patenting. The master's programme prepares students for activities in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, the semiconductor industry, the metal production and processing sectors, in lighting engineering and optics, energy technology, sensor technology and other fields.

Postgraduate and further Studies at the University of Innsbruck

Relevant PhD or Doctoral Programme

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

December 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

Associate Dean of Studies
Priv.-Doz. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Engelbert Portenkirchner


Information for students with disabilities 

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