Institute of Chemistry

Chemistry, Master of Science

In all of our degree programs, students receive a broad foundation of general principles before acquiring advanced know-how and skills in all sub-areas of their specific disciplines. Students also have the opportunity to tailor their studies and create their own profile through compulsory elective and elective modules.

General information

Faculty II – Mathematics and Natural Sciences has offered its Chemistry master’s program since winter semester 2011/12.

The standard period of study, including writing the master’s thesis, is four semesters. Upon successful completion of all exams, which you take over the course of your studies, you will receive the academic degree Master of Science or M.Sc.

Building on the TU Berlin bachelor’s in Chemistry or a comparable degree, this program aims to provide students with advanced scientific know-how and practical skills in chemistry’s various sub-disciplines. Students also have the opportunity to pursue their own interests and specialization through compulsory elective and elective courses as well as a research internship.

Compulsory elective courses are not designed to reflect chemistry’s traditional sub-disciplines, but rather take an interdisciplinary approach. This allows students to examine topics such as “Synthesis and Catalysis,” “Biophysical and Biological Chemistry,” “Material Chemistry,” and “Green Chemistry” from different perspectives.

The curriculum is also designed to foster students’ ability to conduct scientific work independently according to the principles of good scientific practice as well as their ability to think critically and act responsibly. Students also learn methods to obtain scientific findings and strategies to handle and solve problems from a chemical perspective.

Further information can be found in the study and examination regulations (see below) as well as in the course catalogue, which provides an overview of courses offered.

Further information is available on the Academic Advising Service’s pages about the Chemistry master’s program.

Further information

The curriculum is organized into learning/qualification units called modules. Each module is completed with either an oral or written module exam or exam-equivalent coursework. Some exams are not graded but instead are taken on a pass/fail basis. The master's examination consists of all module examinations and the master’s thesis in the last semester.

Students receive credit for completing coursework and exams. The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) is the basis for calculating how many credit points are awarded. The number of credit points indicates the average quantitative workload required to meet the study and exam requirements. This includes attending class, preparing for class and studying on your own time, completing coursework, preparing for exams as well as taking exams. One credit point is equivalent to 30 hours. You generally need to acquire 30 credit points each semester. A total of 120 credit points (=3,600 hours) are required for the master’s program in Chemistry, including 90 credit points (=2,700 hours) for modules and 30 credits (=900 hours) for your master’s thesis.

Completion of the master’s program qualifies you to pursue a doctoral degree, particularly in a natural science or technical discipline

Further information is available on the Academic Advising Service’s pages about the Chemistry master’s program.

Information about the current study and examination regulations

In winter semester 2022/23, new study and examination regulations took effect. Both the current and previous version can be found in the general degree program profile.

TU Berlin’s General Study and Examination Regulations (AllgStuPO) also apply in addition to the subject-specific regulations. The Academic Advising Service has published the AllgStuPO and all currently valid study and examination regulations.

Examination board and contact

Chemistry, M.Sc. examination board

Chemistry, M.Sc. examination board

Contact person

Dr. Tobias Clemens Lüdtke

Email: luedtke(at)tu-berlin.de

Tel.: +49 30 314-29330

Applying and enrolling

The master’s program in Chemistry is open admission. To apply, you only require proof of successful completion of one of the bachelor’s programs listed in the application regulations  

Regardless of whether you are starting master’s studies or transferring degree programs, you can find detailed information about applying and enrolling on the Academic Advising Service website. 

If you have not yet completed your bachelor’s degree at the time of application and enrollment in the master’s program, you can still apply under certain conditions All details, including information about applying within the re-registration deadline, can be found at "Applying and Enrolling for a Master’s Program Without a Completed Bachelor’s Degree."