In this program there is overlapping specifically with physics and the life sciences. Compared to numerous programs at other universities which are already geared to special areas in chemistry as their names suggest such as business chemistry, biochemistry and so on, the program at RWTH aims to provide graduates with a broad education which allows for a widespread specialization at a later point in time.

Programme Structure

The Master’s program in chemistry builds on the Bachelor’s program and serves to deepen specialized chemistry knowledge in theory and practice. The program is four semesters long; the fourth semester is set aside to prepare the Master’s thesis.

The Master’s program offers four concentrations that coincide with the chemistry research concentrations at RWTH. The four concentrations are:

  • Bioactive compounds and synthetic methods (SYN)
  • Catalysis (CAT)
  • Materials and mesoscopic systems: solid state, polymers and nanostructures (MES)
  • Computer chemistry and spectroscopy (COS)

Any two of these four concentrations can be selected. In every concentration and in addition to the lectures to attend, a research internship has to be completed. The latter is carried out in a working group on a current research topic in the respective concentration. Here, the goal is to impart independent research planning and the ability to conduct experiments independently.

Additional RWTH courses that are not part of the Bachelor or Master’s chemistry programs can be taken as electives. They should enable students to deal with unrelated issues appropriately at an academic level.

Entry Requirement

  • First university degree, required qualifications according to the examination regulations
  • Proficiency in German

Career Prospects

Graduates of the Master’s program have the option of doing their doctorate. The Master’s degree and, in particular, the Ph.D. are starting points for careers in the chemical industry and in numerous other branches.

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