Chemistry – Master of Science


Postgraduate study programme which requires a first university degree. For this, the University of Konstanz offers the Bachelor's Programme in Chemistry.

The master's programme focuses on advanced, already research-related courses in the subjects of inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, as well as in the subjects surrounding the department’s main research areas, especially life sciences and material sciences. You choose one subject of specialisation from the three major subjects: inorganic, organic and physical chemistry. As electives we offer analytical chemistry, biochemistry, chemical material sciences, geochemistry and environmental chemistry, theoretical chemistry, industrial chemistry as well as fields of study from biology, computer science, mathematics and physics. As a graduate you will have acquired a qualification profile that is relevant to modern research. If you wish to deepen your scientific knowledge and skills, you will be qualified to take up doctoral studies.


DegreeMaster of Science
Programme startWinter semester & Summer semester
Period of study4 semesters
Application period14.5. - 15.6. | 3.12. - 15.1.
Admission restrictionsno

Why study Chemistry at Konstanz?

The courses of the Master's Programme in Chemistry are research-oriented and allow you to participate in current research projects. Our courses are designed with an interdisciplinarity in mind that will help reduce the barriers between the traditional subjects of chemistry (inorganic, organic and physical chemistry). You can specialise within the master's programme according to your individual interests.



Prospects and opportunities

Career prospects

As a graduate you will be qualified for positions in different areas of the chemical industry and also in the non-chemical sectors. The professional profile of chemists has broadened remarkably in recent years. This is due to the close and constantly growing interconnections between chemistry and other scientific and technical disciplines. Typical work areas include:

  • Research and development
  • Production, marketing and sales
  • Management
  • Banking and insurance
  • State and private research and analysis institutes
  • Patent offices of environmental agencies at the local, regional and federal level

For a senior position in research and development a doctorate is usually required. Above-average students can take the Fast Track option with direct admission to doctoral studies, thus shortening the overall study period.

You can find out more about career entry in the interview series #dreamjob - Starting a career. Alumni of the University of Konstanz report on their very personal career entry.

Programme structure

Programme start

Winter semester & Summer semester

Academic structure

You can find an exemplary structure of the study programme in this table.

Additional information about the programme structure is available at the Exam regulations (in German).

Internship and study abroad


You do not have to complete an internship outside the university.

Study abroad

A period of study abroad is always highly recommended. The university promotes study abroad via the Erasmus+ and numerous other exchange programmes.


What interests and skills should I have?

  • Appetite for discovery
  • Analytical thinking
  • You enjoy experimenting

Language skills

Foreign language skills
You do not have to proof any foreign language skills for the master's programme. However, as large parts of the research literature are written in English, good English skills are highly recommended.

German language skills
International applicants need documentation of their German language skills, level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4. Alternatively, other language tests or school certificates recognized as equivalent can be used as proof of the required German language skills. The University of Konstanz does not offer preparatory German language courses or approved German language exams. For this reason, you must submit accredited proof of your German language skills along with your application.

Language(s) of instruction

Languages of instruction are German and English.

Admission requirements

  • Above-average university degree (bachelor) in chemistry or a related subject with clear links to chemistry.
  • International applicants need documentation of their German language skills, level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4, or a language test recognised as equivalent. Please contact our International Office for more information.

For details, please see the admission regulations.


Semester fee

All students enrolled at the University of Konstanz are charged a semester fee each semester, similar to all other German universities. Here you can find the current semester fee and its individual components.

Tuition fees for first degree studies for some international students
Beginning in the winter semester 2017/18, the state of Baden-Württemberg will require some international students to pay university tuition fees for their first degree studies. The following will generally not be required to pay tuition fees: citizens of a country within the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA), doctoral students and certain 'Bildungsinländer' (international students with German Abitur). You can find more detailed information here.

Tuition fees for second degree studies for all students
All students will be required to pay tuition fees for their second degree studies starting in the winter semester 2017/18, too. You can find more detailed information here.
Once a year, the University of Konstanz grants exemptions to a limited number of particularly gifted international degree-seeking students in accordance with the Begabtenbefreiuungssatzung (statutes governing the exemption of gifted students). You can find more information here.

Application and application documents

Admission to the Master's Programme in Chemistry is not restricted.

An application is possible during the following period: 14.5. - 15.6. (winter semester) and 3.12. - 15.1. (summer semester). There may be other deadlines if you are applying for admission to a higher semester (for instance, if you are changing subjects or universities). For more information please consult the university website.

Application documents

Please attach the following documents to your application:

  • Application for admission
  • Documentation of your academic degree including details on course work. If you have not received your degree certificate by the end of the application deadline, please attach documentation of all your examination results so far.
  • Current certificate of enrolment or proof of exmatriculation (if you have studied at a German university, please indicate your 'Fachsemester’ and ‘Hochschulsemester’).

    Important note: Please note the information provided under the tab "Admission requirements".

International applicants:

  • Documentation of German language skills, level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4, or a language test recognised as equivalent;
  • Applicants from China: APS certificate (original) issued by the German Embassy in Beijing
  • Applicants from Mongolia: APS-certificate (original) issued by the German Embassy in Ulan Bator
  • Applicants from Vietnam: APS certificate (original) issued by the German Embassy in Hanoi