Studies Master Chemistry

The Master's Programme Chemistry

You can acquire a total of 120 ECTS credits in the master's programme. Standard period of study is four semesters. The master's programme focus is 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 of life sciences and material sciences. These are offered as compulsory elective subjects (see the module overview at the end of this page). One of the notable features in the master’s programme are the focus area courses in which practical experience projects are carried out with strong references to research and intensive supervision. These courses offer a substantial foundation for a highly qualified master’s thesis, as well as for doctoral studies which usually follow the master’s degree.

The three main subjects are inorganic, organic and physical chemistry. You select one of these subjects as your focus area of study. As electives we offer analytical chemistry, biochemistry, chemical material sciences, theoretical chemistry, industrial chemistry as well as subject areas from biology, computer sciences, mathematics and physics. In order to gain more universal qualifications and thus broaden your professional horizon, you can choose an elective subject from fields beyond the natural sciences, mathematics or computer science, for example from the areas of business studies, management or law. This choice can also include the acquisition of career-oriented language skills. The Examination Board Chemistry decides on the eligibility of elective subjects outside of chemistry.

The master’s examination is made up of continuous assessments in the main subjects and the elective subjects during studies, three final oral exams in the main subjects, and the master’s thesis which takes six to nine months. You work independently on a larger scientific project for your master’s thesis. After you have completed the thesis, you will present your findings in a colloquium which is open to the whole department and defend your results in an expert discussion. 

Master Courses for the Master's Programme Chemistry

Winter semester 2019/20:

  • Advanced Organic Chemistry (Prof. Dr. T. Gaich, Prof. Dr. A. Marx, Prof. Dr. V. Wittmann), OC or E
  • Advanced Physical Chemistry (Prof. Dr. M. Drescher), PC or E
  • Biophysical Chemistry (Prof. Dr. K.Hauser, Dr. G. Mathies), PC or E
  • Current Issues and Methods in Nanoscience (Dr. K. Boldt), E
  • Dispersion Colloids in Research and Industry (Prof. Dr. A. Wittemann), E
  • Gene Expression and Replication (Prof. Dr. J. Hartig / Prof. Dr. A. Marx), E
  • Industrial Chemistry and Renewable Resources (Prof. Dr. S. Mecking, Dr. I. Göttker), E
  • Nanochemistry and -analytics (Prof. Dr. H. Cölfen, Dr. E. Sturm), PC or E
  • Organometallic Chemistry of the Main Group Elements (Prof. Dr. A. Lorbach), IC or E

Summer semester 2019:

  • Biopolymer Chemistry (Nucleic Acids, Carbohydrates, Proteins) - (Prof. Dr. A. Marx, Prof. Dr. V. Wittmann), OC or E
  • Computational Chemistry (Prof. Dr. C. Peter), PC or E
  • High-resolution NMR spectroscopy directed to biological and biophysical applications (Prof. Dr. M. Kovermann), E
  • Metal-Organic Chemistry und Catalysis (Prof. Dr. R. Winter), IC or E
  • Methods crossing disciplines: from Chemistry to Biology (Prof. Dr. M. Kovermann, Prof. Dr. A. Lorbach, Dr. T. Böttcher, Dr. B. Lepetit), E
  • Molecular Spectroscopy (Prof. Dr. A. Zumbusch), PC or E
  • Synthesis of natural products and drugs (Prof. Dr. T. Gaich), OC or E
  • Surface Science and Heterogeneous Catalysis (Prof. Dr. S. Polarz), IC or E
  • Synthesis and Properties of Functional Materials (Prof. Dr. S. Mecking), IC or E

 The following course does not take place at the moment:

  • Materials Science Strategies Towards Energy Technology and

    Nanomedicine  (Prof. Dr. S. Polarz)

  • Modern methods of elektroanalytical chemistry (Prof. Dr. R. Winter), E
  • Organometallics in Organic Syntheses (Dr. T. Huhn), OC or E
  • Polycyclic natural products and their total synthesis (Prof. Dr. T. Gaich)

(IC Inorganic Chemistry, OC Organic Chemistry, PC Physical Chemistry, E Elective.

The courses are offered as 6 or 12 credit option,
6 credit option lecture,
12 credit option lecture and practical course.)