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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

What does this program cover?

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:

How is the program structured?

  • 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.  

What is the language of instruction?

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.

Which further expertise and skills will I acquire?

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. 

Which professional opportunities can I take up with this qualification?

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

How do I apply? (start of program in winter semester 2019/20)

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.

You must apply online using the TUMonline application portal. After completing the online application process, you will receive a list of documents you must submit to TUM in hard copy by the application deadline.

In detail:

What application deadlines do I need to meet? (start of program in winter semester 2019/20)

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

Our online application portal TUMonline will create an application form and a checklist with the documents you have to hand in. The checklist shows which documents you need for admission and which for enrollment

You must submit the signed application form and all documents you need for admission before the application deadline

Please also submit the documents we need for your enrollmentas soon as possible. If individual documents for enrollment are not available to you yet, you can hand them in up to five weeks after the start of the lecture period. However, we recommend that you submit all required documents well before the semester begins, as you will not be enrolled until all documents have been received. 

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.

On what basis does TUM select applicants for admission?

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

Where can I find the online application portal?

The online application process takes place through our application portal TUMonline

Do I have to complete an internship?

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.