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English Language Master's Programme in Chemistry

Chemistry has always been a subject area rich in practical applications, and this area has become even more fascinating as scientific advances were made in recent decades. In the Master's degree programme in Chemistry, you will explore the molecular and fundamental applied aspects of chemistry in detail. By giving you access to state-of-the-art research laboratories and the opportunity to work on projects at this early stage in your career, the programme paves the way for your professional career and further scientific pursuits.

Quick Facts

  • Duration of study: 4 semesters
  • ECTS credit points: 120
  • Academic degree: Master of Science (MSc)
  • Language of instruction: English

The Master's Programme

The Master's degree programme in Chemistry is offered jointly by TU Graz and the University of Graz, taking place in an internationally recognized science and teaching environment. This gives you the opportunity to take part in research projects as part of early on in the programme. You

  • will deepen your basic knowledge in chemistry. You can choose individual focal areas from a wide range of electives and learn how to apply methods used in analytical, inorganic, organic, physical and theoretical chemistry.
  • can work independently on scientific problems and understand and interpret the results.
  • conduct research and work both independently and in teams, e.g. for laboratory exercises, projects and scientific papers.
  • create instructions for experiments and experimental setups, carrying out experiments independently.
  • learn how to assess risks associated with handling substances, products and carrying out processes, but also become aware of ethical, social, economic, environmental and safety implications of work in the field of chemistry.

You can choose to conduct the laboratory exercises and your master's thesis work at an institute and research group that fits your individual interests, selecting from a broad repertoire. This repertoire includes everything from materials science to drug synthesis, battery research, basic and applied research in several disciplines, and chemical technology.

Curriculum (in German)

Semester plan

Focus Areas

You can choose from among different modules listed in the corresponding elective catalogues. The following modules are available in the elective catalogue "Laboratory Exercises":

  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Computational Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry

The elective catalogues and the "chemical" subjects are supplemented by soft skills such as presentation techniques, innovation management, financing and others. In addition, to prepare you for an international career, selected courses are held in English.

In this degree programme, a particular emphasis is placed on ensuring that students receive sound practical training and can carry out research independently. 
If you gain professional experience in an internship, you can receive credit for this as a practical laboratory if the subject of the internship is appropriate. In the 4th semester, you will write your master's thesis – often as part of a research project.

Studying chemistry at TU Graz offers a wide variety of possibilities. You can either become a scientist, work as a developer for most science and/or technology based companies, be the head of its research or analytical laboratory. More importantly with chemistry, you deeply understand the connection of matter and its properties which can be seen in everyday life.

Marcell supported international prospective students as International Student Ambassador.

I chose the Master's Degree Programme in Chemistry because it offers a wide range of elective subjects in all fields of chemistry, letting you specialize in individual areas, while the compulsory subjects provide a broad basic knowledge. This allowed me to deepen my interest in organic synthesis in both theoretical areas, as well as in several practical laboratory exercises and project labs.


1. Admission Procedure

Graduates of the Nawi Graz Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Chemistry are admitted without needing to fulfil further requirements.

Graduates of other bachelor's degree programmes can obtain information and apply for admission by contacting studynoSpam@tugraz.at.

2. Admission

Information and Advice

Contact studynoSpam@tugraz.at

Career Prospects

Professional Fields

The Master's degree programme in Chemistry provides a research-based education that enables you to enter a career in all areas of chemistry or technical chemistry, such as analytical and synthetic chemistry, materials science, biomaterial and natural products chemistry, chemical engineering, environmental and food chemistry.

Typical employers include:

  • chemical and pharmaceutical companies,
  • the food or raw materials industries,
  • the pulp and paper industry,
  • biotechnology providers and 
  • the petroleum industry. 

Other occupational fields are opening up in the areas of environmental technology and bioanalysis, as well as in public administration areas, such as in patenting.

As a chemist...

  • you will conduct research and develop innovative systems in the field of chemistry, e.g. sensors, syntheses, polymers, battery materials, bio- and organocatalysis.
  • develop substances that can be used to produce everyday objects, food and medicines.
  • work on new developments in the field of environmental technology, e.g. in recycling, plastics technology, or pollution control.
  • manage research projects in research, industry and business sectors.

The job prospects as a chemist with a master's degree are great! While we can pursue doctoral studies, jobs in many other socially relevant fields are also open to us, such as in the environmental, paper and food industries and product development.

I especially like the fact that the degree programme trains experts in the fields of analytical and physical chemistry. If you complete the degree programme, it paves the way for getting a job in quality management or as a device/method developer.