Master of Science (M.Sc.)

The master's program in Chemistry deepens and broadens previous knowledge, facilitating an individual discipline-specific specialization.

Department of Chemistry

Key Data

Type of Study
  • Full Time
Required Language Proficiency Language of Instruction
  • German
Main Locations
Admission Category Start of Degree Program
  • Possible for both winter and summer semester
Standard Duration of Studies
(Number of Semesters)
  • 4 semesters fulltime
Credits Costs

Information on Degree Program

Modern tumor therapy, molecular machines, chip technology, efficient catalysts, new kinds of energy sources – chemists bring their ideas to all of these research areas and develop new concepts. Chemistry is the most significant cross-sectional science, in which fascinating research areas are linked with one another to great effect. There is a grand and uninterrupted tradition of chemistry in Germany. In economic terms, the discipline remains the country's most important natural science.

The master's program in Chemistry at the Technical University of Munich offers students the opportunity to create an individual study and competency profile. In the process, they choose a main subject from the areas of

  • inorganic and organometallic chemistry
  • organic chemistry
  • physical chemistry
  • chemical technology

And complement this with a minor from a broad spectrum of specialist disciplines:

  • analytical chemistry
  • inorganic and organometallic chemistry
  • construction chemistry
  • biological chemistry
  • the chemistry of macromolecules, colloids, interfaces
  • catalysis
  • food chemistry
  • material chemistry
  • organic chemistry
  • pharmaceutical radiochemistry
  • physical chemistry
  • chemical technology
  • theoretical chemistry

For a comprehensive description of the program, please refer to the degree program documentation:

  • Central to the first two semesters is content in the chosen main subject and minor.
  • This is expanded upon in the third semester through content from further disciplines in chemistry and general education modules. Students also have the option to complete the third semester abroad.
  • The program concludes with the master’s thesis in the fourth semester.  

Required language skills for admission:

You need sufficient German language skills if you wish to apply for this program. Evidence of your language proficiency has to be submitted before the end of the application deadline. Learn more about recognized certificates and other ways to prove your German language skills.

This evidence of your language proficiency confirms that you comply with the minimum language requirements for admission to the program. Depending on the program and your individual background, it may be necessary for you to keep working on your language skills during your studies. Be sure to take a look at the services of our Language Center.   

Language of instruction:

The language of instruction for this program is German.

As a graduate you are able to analyze, describe and evaluate complex sets of circumstances relating to chemicals. Your discipline-specific and methodological competencies enable you to develop and implement individual solutions.

In addition, individual options concerning combinations of disciplines will have allowed you to acquire your own competency profile. 

For graduates of the master's program in Chemistry, diverse opportunities arise: in industry, at research institutes or institutions of higher education, and also in public services. Other sectors also offer interesting opportunities: the cosmetics, food, automotive, electrical, and construction materials industries, metal production and processing, consultancy, energy, insurance, water services, wood processing and paper manufacture, state institutions and regional authorities, factory inspection, customs, fire services, police, regional law enforcement agencies, or clinics. 

Binding Regulations for Progression of Studies, Examinations and Application

Application and Admission

Minimum requirements to apply for a Master's program at TUM are a recognized undergraduate degree (e.g. a bachelor’s) and the successful completion of the aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment allows the TUM school or department to which you are applying the opportunity to evaluate your individual talents and motivation for study.

During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents.

If you receive an offer of admission, you will additionally have to submit individual documents as notarized hardcopies by post to be enrolled.

Generally, applicants with a qualification for postgraduate studies (e.g. a bachelor’s) obtained outside of the EU / EEA must have their documents reviewed in advance through uni-assist.

In detail:

We may require additional documents depending on the type of educational background you earned and your country of origin. After accepting an offer of admission in TUMonline, you will receive a list of documents you must submit to TUM in hardcopy for enrollment.

Application period for winter semester: 01.04. - 31.05.
Application period for summer semester: 01.10. - 15.01.

During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents. Please be aware that we can only process your application if you upload all required documents within the application period.

We will review your application as soon as it is complete. Please check your TUMonline account regularly, to see if we have any queries to your documents or if you have to amend one or more documents.

After receiving admission, you will see in TUMonline which documents you have to submit for enrollment, and in which form. Please note that you always have to send the signed application for enrollment and all notarized hardcopies by post.

We recommend that you submit the documents for enrollment as soon as possible after receiving admission. If individual documents are not available by then, you can submit them up to 5 weeks after the start of the lecture period. You will, however, only be enrolled once we have received all documents.

You can check the status of your application at any time in your TUMonline account.

Selection takes place through an aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment is a two-part procedure after the submission of an official application to a program. In this procedure, the TUM school or department determines whether you meet the specific requirements for its master’s degree program.

In the initial stages, the grades you obtained during your bachelor's program, as well as your written documents, will be evaluated using a point system. Depending on the amount of points accumulated, applicants are either immediately admittedrejected or invited to an admissions interview

The online application process takes place through our application portal TUMonline

This degree program does not encompass a compulsory internship nor is an internship a requirement for admission. However, it is recommendable, as a rule, to gain practical experience as soon as possible.

What are my options after earning this degree?

You have earned your master’s degree and are ready to start your career? TUM Alumni & Career can assist you with questions regarding professional orientation, job search and job application.

If you are interested in continuing your studies, you will find information of doctoral studies at TUM, here.