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Chemistry (MSc)

What is the degree programme about?

Taught entirely in English, the modular Master's degree programme in Chemistry offers students flexibility in choosing the content they wish to study. The programme is arranged into three compulsory core modules, a compulsory elective module and an elective module. The elective module provide students with the opportunity to define their personal focus. In the compulsory elective module, students can select their chemistry training focus. Modules can be chosen from the areas of computer and quantum chemistry, bioinspired chemistry, catalysis, interfaces or molecular materials. In the elective module students can further advance their knowledge in specific technical areas of chemistry. In addition to ten pre-structured elective modules, students can put together their own individual programme. There is also the opportunity to acquire additional knowledge and skills outside of the subject of chemistry. As it covers the entire spectrum of academic disciplines, FAU offers a wide variety of opportunities, ranging from language courses to lectures on business or philosophical topics. You can tailor your studies to suit your personal interests.

Core subjects and specialisation options

Compulsory core modules:
inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry

Compulsory elective modules (free choice of 1 module):
quantum and computer chemistry, catalysis, bio(in)organic chemistry, interfacial phenomena, molecular materials

Elective modules:
e.g. technical chemistry, crystallography and structural physics, food chemistry, instrumental, forensic and bioanalysis, semiconductor technology, nanoelectronics, advanced electrochemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, chemistry of life or free module choice subject to approval

  • 1st and 2nd semester: compulsory modules
    The first two semesters are composed of three main modules (Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Physical Chemistry) and one compulsory elective module.
  • 3rd semester: advanced studies phase and specialisation
    The elective and the specialisation module (must be chosen from the research fields in Inorganic, Organic, Physical and Theoretical Chemistry) are the subject of the third semester.
  • 4th semester: Master's thesis
    The Master thesis (30 ECTS credits) is completed during the fourth semester.
What else should I know?
  • The Department Chemistry and Pharmacy encourages Master's students to spend one semester abroad. The elective and specialisation modules are particularly suitable for a stay abroad during the third semester.
How to apply?

Admission requirements: Successful applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s degree from a recognised university with a strong theoretical and practical background in chemical sciences.

Please apply online via the application portal campo.

Degree programme start date and application deadlines

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Degree type: Master of Science (MSc)
Type of study: Master
Location: Erlangen
Standard duration of study: 4 Semester
Start date of degree programme: Summer Term, Winter Term
Language: English
Admission: Qualification assessment
Size: (50-99 Students)
Early entrance programme: no
Part-time study: no
Faculty: Faculty of Natural Sciences