Studies Master Nanoscience

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The Master's Programme Nanoscience

The master’s programme offers specialised, research-related advanced studies with a broad spectrum of individual specialisation choices.

The standard period of study for the master's programme is four semesters. The first two semesters you attend modules, followed by several weeks of exam preparation and six to nine months for writing your master's thesis. In the master's thesis you independently work on a larger scientific project. 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. To successfully complete the master's programme, you need to acquire 60 ECTS credits in the modules. Additionally, you have to complete an internship of two months (10 ECTS credits) You can work with e.g. private or public institutions in Germany or abroad. This internship is a great help for your career planning. You can acquire a total of 120 ECTS credits in the master's programme. One ECTS credits corresponds to 25 - 30 working hours.

In the chemistry modules of the subject area A (chemistry) you can select advanced courses worth either 6 or 12 ECTS credits. In the 6-credit courses you usually study theoretical aspects in lectures, seminars and exercises. The 12-credit courses also include extensive practical project work in research groups. The modules of the subject area B (physics) consist of courses that change every semester.

Deadline for course registration is November 30, 2023.

Subject area A: Chemical aspects of functional materials

The courses are offered as 6 or 12 ECTS credit courses.

Winter semester 2023/24:

  • Advanced Element-Organic Chemistry (Prof. Dr. M. Unterlass, Prof. Dr. R. Winter)
  • Advanced Physical Chemistry (Prof. Dr. A. Zumbusch), WS
  • Dispersion Colloids in Research and Industry (Prof. Dr. A. Wittemann)
  • Nanochemistry and -analytics (Prof. Dr. H. Cölfen)
  • Biocatalysis - From Chemical Logic to Modern Enzymology (Prof. Dr. L. Barra, Prof. Dr. J. Hartig)

Summer semester 2023:

  • Synthesis and Properties of Functional Materials (Prof. Dr. S. Mecking)
  • Advanced Solid State Chemistry (Prof. Dr. Miriam Unterlass)

Subject area B: Physical aspects of functional materials

The Department of Physics has a regularly changing offer of master's courses.

Winter semester 2023/24:

  •  Statistical Mechanics (10 ECTS)
  •  Magnetism - from Basics to Application (10 ECTS)
  •  Semiconductor Technology and Physics of Solar Cells (8 oder 10 ECTS)
  •  Molecular Electronics (5 ECTS)
  •  Solid State Physics (9 ECTS)

Summer semester 2023:

- Soft Matter Physics (10 ECTS)
- The Physics of Organic and Hybrid Solar Cells (10 ECTS)
- Nanophotonics, Biophysics and Ultrafast Dynamics with Electron Microscopy (10 ECTS)
- Advanced Solid State Spectroscopy (10 ECTS)
- Semiconductor Physics (10 ECTS)

Subject area C: Additional chemistry courses


The courses are offered as 6 or 12 ECTS credit courses.

  • Advanced Organic Chemistry (Prof. Dr. T. Gaich, Porf. Dr. A. Marx, Prof. Dr. V. Wittmann), WS
  • Advanced Physical Chemistry (Prof. Dr. A. Zumbusch), WS
  • Biocatalysis – Enzyme Discovery, Mechanism, Engineering, 3 Cr. lecture, 6 Cr. practical course (Prof. Dr. Lena Barra), WS
  • Biophysical Chemistry (Prof. Dr. K. Hauser), WS
  • Biopolymer Chemistry (Nucleic Acids, Carbohydrates, Proteins) (Prof. Dr. A. Marx, Prof. Dr. V. Wittmann) SS
  • Breakthroughs in natural sciences exemplified by granted Nobel prizes (Prof. Dr. M. Kovermann), only lecture 3 credits, no practical course
  • Computational Chemistry (Prof. Dr. C. Peter), SS
  • Gene Expression and Replication (Prof. Dr. J. Hartig, Prof. Dr. A. Marx), WS
  • High-resolution NMR spectroscopy directed to biological and biophysical applications (Prof. Dr. M. Kovermann),  SS
  • Industrial Chemistry and Renewable Resources (Prof. Dr. S. Mecking), WS
  • Metal-organic Chemistry and Catalysis (Prof. Dr. R. Winter), SS
  • Molecular Spectroscopy (Prof. Dr. A. Zumbusch), SS
  • Synthesis of natural products and drugs, SS 
  • Working with scientific data: significance, handling & case studies, 3 Cr. online self-teaching course, no practical course (Prof. Dr. M. Kovermann), WS

WS Winter semester, SS Summer semester