The subject of the master’s course is the current state of research in chemistry with regard to the concepts and experimental and theoretical methods with the help of which the structure and behavior of atoms, molecules and solids can be examined, described and predicted, complex molecules can be synthesized and the association of molecules can be analyzed. This also includes theoretical and instrumental methods for analytical evidence and structure elucidation and the theoretical background necessary for their understanding and application. In research projects, the methods and concepts are exemplarily applied according to the state of research on current research topics dealt with in the working groups. For interdisciplinary links between chemistry, for example, with the subjects of mathematics, physics, biology,



In order to ensure a sufficiently broad qualification, at least 10 credit points each must be completed in the three traditional subject areas of inorganic, organic and physical chemistry. The further course of study can either remain broadly based or a more or less strong specialization can be aimed for, whereby modules with a total of a maximum of 40 CP can be introduced in the mentioned subject areas. If the master’s thesis is also written in the most in-depth subject area, with a total of up to 70 CP, slightly more than half of the achievements to be completed in the master’s course can come from one subject area.

In addition to modules on the subject areas mentioned, modules from other chemical subject areas can also be selected, e.g. analytical chemistry, biochemistry or environmental chemistry.

If required, non-chemical courses with a maximum volume of 15 credit points can also be completed, e.g. on the subjects of biology, toxicology, computer science, or language courses.

The practical training takes place in research projects that have to be completed with a scope of 20 to 30 credit points. In the experimental areas of chemistry, this is combined with a laboratory activity in one of the institute's working groups. In the field of physical chemistry and especially in the field of theoretical chemistry, people work more or only on the computer. In the research projects in particular, there is access to the current state of research. The master's thesis that completes the course is also a research project, but it has a scope of 30 CP and lasts 6 months.

The course is rounded off by a module on the communication of chemical issues, whereby either the presentation and lecture techniques are trained or you can participate directly in the teaching.




The master’s degree in chemistry is a consecutive degree. To be admitted to the master’s degree, applicants must demonstrate the following requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in chemistry or an equivalent other university degree with a technical component in chemistry that corresponds to that of the bachelor's degree in chemistry at the Free University of Berlin.

Applicants whose mother tongue is not German and who have completed their degree at a foreign university or equivalent institution must have sufficient knowledge of German (DSH2) or English (IELTS 5.0; TOEFL: Paper 500 or Computer 170 or Internet 80) evidence that is required for an understanding of the courses and the specialist literature




Graduates have in-depth scientific knowledge and advanced professional skills, which most graduates further develop in a doctorate.

There are career opportunities in research and development, process engineering, production, application technology, analytics, patents, knowledge management, marketing and sales, education, management, IT, consulting, media and business start-ups.

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