Chemistry (Master of Science)
|Degree: Master of Science|
|Duration: 4 Semesters|
|Language: German, some lectures in English|
|Internship: programme-internal internship (see Semester Course Schedule)|
Requirements for Admission: Requirements for admission to the Master’s Degree programme (and thereby university enrolment) consist of a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry or an equivalent degree. Admission to the Master’s Degree programme may also depend on additional requirements. Specific degree entrance requirements may be found here and in the competences description. For further questions please contact the departmental studnet advisory service. |
Please also note the general information on Master’s Degree programmes, including information for students with degrees from universities abroad: International Admission.
|Admission Procedure: Aptitude Assessment Procedure; further information.|
|Part-time Studies: possible under specific conditions|
|Programme Start: winter semester / summer semester|
|Application Deadline: International applicants find their application deadline here.|
|Application: Online application|
|Special Features: —|
The Master of Science in Chemistry degree programme enables students to obtain an in-depth education with a variety of opportunities for specialisation. The programme builds on knowledge and skills obtained during the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. It is also designed to fulfill the requirements for students to do independent research as part of a doctoral programme or to use their technical and scientific skills to work in industry, business, administration, research or teaching.
Students in the Master of Science degree programme in Chemistry are required to choose three main subject areas from the following options:
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Macromolecular Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
- Physical Chemistry
- Technical Chemistry
- Theoretical Chemistry
One of the three main subject areas will be chosen as the main area of specialisation. The course options in each of the three subject areas are divided into a theoretical module and a practical module for a total of 16 credit points. The subsequent advanced, research-oriented modules will build on this basis with another three theoretical and practical modules for a total of 42 credit points. The Master’s Thesis is worth 30 credit points.
Advice for Prospective M.Sc. Students
While the Bachelor of Science focuses mainly on the fundamentals of the field, the Master of Science builds directly on this foundation by providing more scientific depth and a more complete methodological and technological understanding of the field. In contrast to the Bachelor degree programme, the Master of Science enables and requires students to adopt their own major focus and to work towards their own independent academic, scientific research profile.
For these reasons it is recommended that students complete a Master of Science degree.
Related Degree Programmes
Upon successful completion of a Master of Science degree, there is the opportunity to begin working towards a Ph.D. either at the TU Darmstadt or at another national or international university. Further information on doctoral studies at TU Darmstadt:
Ingenium – Young Researchers at TU Darmstadt (umbrella organisation for promoting early career researchers)
Graduates from Molecular Biotechnology typically go on to research careers in the chemical industry or at a university. For this reason it makes sense for holders of Bachelor’s degrees to do a Master’s degree. The Master of Science in Chemistry is designed to train graduates who can successfully meet various challenges in their future careers. Graduates may take up careers in industry, for example, or in research institutes (e.g. research, development and production in the chemical or pharmaceutical industry) or engage in research as part of a doctoral programme.
Students of Chemistry will acquire a broad foundation in the natural sciences in the initial semesters and be confronted with various interdisciplinary issues. It therefore makes sense for Bachelor degree holders to choose to do a Master’s degree in any of the related science departments.
For this reason it is important to start early in the degree programme to gain practical work experience in relevant organisations. In this way students can promote themselves as competent professionals in practice and make important professional contacts. The likelihood of finding a good position is definitely heightened if the student is flexible when it comes to commuting or even moving abroad. Good English language skills are particularly important when it comes to the international job market.
TU Darmstadt's offer of Job Shadowing is a quick and simple method of career orientation by accompanying professionally experienced TU Darmstadt alumni for one day.
Further information about career opportunities on the German job market may be found on the following websites:
Wege in die Chemie (Careers in Chemistry)
Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (Association of German Chemists)