Admission Requirements

Required documents and steps for the application

For admission to the master program a Bachelor in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chemistry, Biology or Nutritional Sciences (as it is issued at the University of Vienna) or equivalent academic degree is required. For prospective students with a Bachelor degree which is not in an adequate field, a selected number of additional courses in theory and methods may be prescribed.

The University of Vienna limits the number of students newly admitted to the English master program 'Drug Discovery and Development' to 40 persons per academic year.

Required steps

From March 1 onwards, you can apply for admission via U:SPACE. As a prospective student, you have to register in U:SPACE first in order to apply for admission. As a student, you log in to U:SPACE and apply for admission to degree programs.

Please upload your application documents at U:SPACE, including the following documents:

  • Bachelor Diploma (scanned in pdf-format), or a letter of reference by your current institution stating that you will receive your bachelor degree by September 15th
  • Diploma Supplement, Transcript of Records or Consolidated Grade Record (scanned in pdf-format)
  • Proof of English proficiency (see below)
  • Statement of purpose (see below)
  • Full curriculum vitae in English
  • Proof of identity (passport or student card of the University of Vienna)

Documents which are not originally issued in either German or English need to be presented both in original as well as in translation to either English or German. The translation must be done by an officially registered translator.


Proof of English proficiency

Language certificate on level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages,


  • TOEFL minimum scores: 570 paper-based, 87 internet-based
  • IELTS minimum score: 6,5
  • Cambridge English First Certificate (FCE) - from grade C: minimum score 160
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): Level B2
  • Language Center at the University of Vienna: Niveau B2

The document proving the applicant's English proficiency must be issued no more than three years prior to the application.


  • School leaving certificate with English as graduation subject from an accredited school, provided the level is equivalent to B2 according to the school laws of the issuing country.
  • Proof of successful completion of a degree program, in which English was the language of instruction.

This certificate does not expire.


Statement of purpose

The statement of purpose should be approximately one page in length, and address the following questions in clearly separated sections:

  • What is your personal motivation to apply for this program?
  • In which ways do you think your prior experiences, qualifications, and skills will support your studies in this new domain?
  • What do you expect to learn in doing the master program, and which role does it play in your further academic, personal, and professional development?

The document must be written in English and in A4 format. The name of the applying student must be included in the document header.