Chemistry – Master of Science

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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.

Overview

Degree Master of Science
Programme start Winter semester & Summer semester
Period of study 4 semesters
Application period 17.5. - 15.6. | 8.12. - 15.1.
Admission restrictions no
ECTS 120

Why study Chemistry in the University of 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.

Content

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.


Please check the Exam regulations (partly in German) for more information about the programme structure.

Internship and study abroad

Internships

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.

Impressions from students and lecturers

Hear from students and lecturers
In our interview series, students talk about their subject, teachers explain the department's research and tell you what topics they cover in seminars and lectures.

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Discover online lectures and websites with more information about your prospective subject.

Requirements

What interests and skills should I have?

  • Appetite for discovery
  • Analytical thinking
  • You enjoy experimenting

Language skills

Required foreign language skills
Along with your application, please include documentation of advanced skills in English (at least level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)

Approved language tests and certificates:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) test result of at least 72 points (internet based)
  • Cambridge Certificate: at least a Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE)
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) test result of at least band 5
  • Five years of continuous English lessons at a German-speaking secondary school completed with at least 5 points (usually certified by the higher education entrance qualification)

This requirement is also met if you can document having attended secondary school, having completed a bachelor’s degree or having studied at least one semester abroad in:
Australia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Malta, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa or the United States.


German language skills
International applicants do not have to prove their German language skills.

Language(s) of instruction

The Master's Programme in Chemistry is taught in English.

Admission requirements

  • university degree (bachelor) in chemistry or a related subject with clear links to chemistry.
  • advanced skills in English (at least level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)
  • If you completed your university degree in a country that did not sign the Lisbon Treaty (ETS No. 165), you will need to provide documentation of a GRE test with at least a combined average score of 150 points (verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning score). See the chart of signatures and ratifications of Treaty 165 for more information. In justified exceptional cases, the GRE test may be replaced by an interview. The Standing Examination Board Chemistry decides on exceptional cases.
  • In justified exceptional cases, knowledge of English can be proven in an interview. The Standing Examination Board Chemistry decides on exceptional cases. 

For details, please see the admission regulations

Fees

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 certain international students
Since winter semester 2017/18, the state of Baden-Württemberg has required some international students to pay tuition fees for their first degree studies. The following students are not 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” (e.g. non-EU citizens with a German “Abitur”). More detailed information can be found here.

Each year, the University of Konstanz grants exemptions to a limited number of particularly gifted international degree-seeking students in accordance with the university’s “Begabtenbefreiungssatzung” (statutes governing the exemption of gifted students). More detailed information can be found here.

Tuition fees for second degree studies for all students
All students are required to pay tuition fees for their second degree studies. More detailed information can be found here.

Application and application documents

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

An application is possible during the following period: 17.5. - 15.6. (winter semester) and 8.12. - 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

To submit your online application you are required to upload the following supporting documents as PDF-files:

  • Documentation of your academic degree in chemistry or a closely related field with a clear tie to chemistry including details on course work (including course hours per week) and ECTS-credits. 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.
  • Documentation of advanced skills in English (at least level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)
  • If you completed your university degree in a country that did not sign the Lisbon Treaty (ETS No. 165), you will need to provide documentation of a GRE test with at least a combined average score of 150 points (verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning score). See the chart of signatures and ratifications of Treaty 165 for more information.
  • 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" and "language skills".

International applicants:

  • If your documents are not available in German or English, you will need to have them translated. Please submit a German or English translation of your documents along with the original versions.
  • Applicants from China and Vietnam: APS certificate (original) issued by the German Embassy of your home country

You will also find more information in the admission regulations for master’s programmes without a minimum grade of admission.

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