© Philipp Arnoldt

Chemistry, M.Sc.

Program overview

Students in the Chemistry master’s program acquire advanced, specialized knowledge in experimental and theoretical chemistry. Students build on the skills and knowledge they learned in their undergraduate program in inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, and technical chemistry and gain a comprehensive understanding of chemical processes - including the areas where chemistry meets other scientific disciplines. Additionally, students get an overview of the application of computers in chemistry. Extensive compulsory elective and elective components and a research laboratory (Forschungspraktikum) provide students with the opportunity to gain further skills and further specialize their profiles, for instance in biophysical or biological chemistry, technical chemistry, materials science chemistry, synthesis and catalysis, etc. Generally, students are grouped into international and interdisciplinary teams and receive guidance while conducting independent research work.

DegreeMaster of Science
Standard period of study 4 semesters
Credit points120
Program start Summer and winter semester
Admission Open admission
Language of instruction German

Admission requirements

As for every other master’s program at TU Berlin, applicants must provide proof of a first university degree qualifying them for professional work. This degree must be in chemistry or an equivalent natural science discipline.

The Chemistry master’s program is taught in German. If you are applying with a foreign school-leaving certificate, you must provide proof of German skills at a specific level. This is a prerequisite for admission. As some courses/modules may be offered in English and professional literature in chemistry is often published in English, a knowledge of English is useful. However, it is not a condition for admission to studies.

Program structure

There is a proposed course schedule for the degree program. This is a recommendation for how to complete the degree program within the standard period of study of four semesters. It provides an example of which modules to take in which semesters. While this proposed course schedule is ideal on paper, it is not mandatory. It’s simply an example of how to successfully schedule and shape your studies.

You can find the proposed course schedule in the study and examination regulations. The most current version of the regulations applies to applicants.

Content and modules

The Chemistry master’s degree program consists of modules which combine curriculum content on a specific topic and often include various study and teaching formats. You can find a module list which offers a current overview of all the modules in TU Berlin’s module transfer system (MTS). In the module database you have an overview of which modules are mandatory for your degree program and which are elective. Detailed module descriptions provide information about the content, learning objectives, participation requirements, workload, type of assessment, and much more. The module list is based on the study and exam regulations.

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A non-university internship (work experience placement) is not required.

Stays abroad

The proposed course structure offers the opportunity to complete a study-related stay abroad within the standard period of study. The Faculty has staff to assist you with selecting a university and putting together a schedule. You can obtain general information about stays abroad from the TU Berlin International Office (study abroad) and Career Service (internship abroad).

Acquired skills

As a chemistry master’s graduate, you possess advanced scientific training and practical skills in the field of chemistry. The curriculum provides you with a comprehensive understanding of the fields of organometallic and complex chemistry, organometallic functional materials, synthesis chemistry and catalysis (strategies, concepts, and methods), physical chemistry, industrial processes and technical catalysis, application of computers in chemistry, inorganic solid-state chemistry and functional materials, and organic chemistry. 

Additionally, you have specialized knowledge in closely related scientific disciplines of your choosing. Furthermore, the program places importance on training transferable key skills, meaning students acquire social skills and the ability to critically think, conduct independent scientific work, and act responsibly.

After your studies

The master's program qualifies you for professional work in chemistry and related professional fields, such as basic and industry research, technical operations, or in industry and administration. Completion of the master’s program also qualifies you to pursue a doctoral degree, particularly in a natural science or technical discipline. Many students studying chemistry choose to pursue a doctoral degree. 80-85% of graduates acquire a doctorate.

Further information & downloads

Guidance and choosing the right degree program: Academic Advising Service

Questions about the degree program: Course Guidance

General questions: Student Info Services

Application and enrollment: Office of Student Affairs - Graduate Admissions

Recognition of previously acquired credits: Examination Board