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Master's Degree Programme Chemical and Pharmaceutical Engineering

The interdisciplinary master’s programme Chemical and Pharmaceutical Engineering at TU Graz connects the natural sciences of chemistry and pharmacy with the engineering field of chemical and process engineering. In this one-of-a-kind study, you work together with internationally-recognized lecturers in well-equipped laboratories. The study qualifies you to conduct high-quality national and international research and develop innovative chemical and pharmaceutical production systems for industry.


Compulsory Subjects

  • You become familiar with the most current theories, principles and methods in the engineering sciences.
  • You consider the economic and legal aspects of chemical and process engineering.
  • You deal with, for example, chemical engineering, particle process engineering, chemical thermodynamics and applied analytics.
  • You can specialize in the area of pharmaceutical process engineering.

Specialisation subjects

You may choose one of 2 areas of specialization:

Chemical Engineering

In this area specialization, you gain expertise in chemical and process engineering and learn about the mission of the chemical industries of the future – to develop sustainable and economical chemical processes.

Pharmaceutical Engineering

Intelligent pharmaceutical products will revolutionize medical care: Personalised products can be customized to fit the age, sex and lifestyle of individual patients. You learn ways to develop pharmaceutical products more quickly and reduce production costs.

Catalogues of elective courses

You may choose courses from the following catalogues of elective courses:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Pharmaceutical Engineering
  • Technical Chemistry

During your studies, you will have the chance to improve and enhance your social and soft skills, for example, through project work, during lectures, while conducting written work and working in teams.

Production system for the industrial sector. Photo source: Grumet - BioTechMed
  • Duration of study: 4 semesters
  • ECTS credit points: 120
  • Academic degree: Diplom-Ingenieurin or Diplom-Ingenieur (Dipl.-Ing. or DI), equivalent to the Master of Science (MSc)
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Admission requirements


Semester plan

Klara Treusch, Student of the Master's Degree Programme for Chemical and Pharmaceutical Engineering at TU Graz, photo source: Rausch
Klara Treusch, master's degree student in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Engineering

This master's programme is an interesting challenge for all who want to gain access to the chemical and pharmaceutical industries from the perspective of engineering technology. It opens doors to other fields of work, such as chemical and process engineering.

Admission Requirements

According to the curriculum, graduates of the following degree programmes offered at TU Graz and University of Graz will be accepted without an admission procedure:

Graduates of all other degree programmes offered at the TU Graz or, in the case of a NAWI Graz programme, the University of Graz, also do not have to undergo the admission procedure. You can apply for admission at the Registration Office.

All other programme applicants must undergo the admission procedure.

Registration period for the academic year 2020/21: 15 October to 15 December 2019

Registration and admission procedure

Regulations for the admission procedure

Admission Deadlines

Winter semester 2019/20:

8 July to 30 November 2019

Summer semester 2020:

7 January to 30 April 2020

Please note: You may need to complete an admission procedure before you can register for the programme.

Further informationen on admission

International degree programme applicants: admission and application deadlines

Career Options

  • Chemical and pharmaceutical research
  • Chemical and petrochemical industry
  • Pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industry
  • Food industry
  • Industrial environmental protection
  • Public authorities

Chemical Engineering

Graduates work in the chemical industry, for example, in research, throughout product and process development, plant design and production. They deal with all aspects of the planning and operation of plants, such as in their economy, ecology and safety.

Pharmaceutical Engineering

Graduates work in the pharmaceutical industry and provide links between drug development and production. They also work in pharmaceutical process development, pilot projects and scale-up, and quality assurance in production as well as in the introduction of new production methods. In research fields, they develop new methods for drug manufacture and deal with topics such as nanotechnology and process simulation.

Information and Advice for Prospective Students