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  • Duration: 4 semesters
  • Degree Award: Master of Science
  • Language: German
  • admission free
  • Special admission requirements

Chemistry - Master's Programme

Orientation and Goals

The master's programme in chemistry prepares students for a career actively driving innovation through the application of chemical knowledge and scientific methods, and using the results for the good of society. The programme is oriented towards research and shaped by materials science. Students acquire the methodological and analytical skills needed for developing suitable solutions for complex problems.

Study Design and Contents

This programme teaches the foundations of inorganic and organic chemistry in materials science, as well as the analytical methods of structural analysis. One specialisation focuses on surface chemistry, and is offered in the modules on the preparation, characterisation, and functionalisation of interfaces. A technical chemistry specialisation is also possible. Modules worth 42 credit points can be chosen from the areas of inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, and technical chemistry. Students can also choose modules worth approximately 36 credit points within the department or from subjects offered by other departments in the natural sciences. A semester abroad is possible. Students can also acquire 12 credit points in interdisciplinary subjects. The programme is rounded off with a final module (worth 30 credit points), including the master's thesis and a disputation.

Teaching and Learning

Large modules with lectures, seminars, practice sessions, and a large practical component.
Some modules are offered in English.

Reasons for Studying

If you are interested in chemistry and new materials, want to combine theoretical contemplation with practical experiments, enjoy technical discussions and place high value on close contact to professors and academic assistants, then you should definitely consider studying chemistry at the master's level in Oldenburg. Technical research in chemistry at the University of Oldenburg is embedded in a culture of interdisciplinary discourse and socially responsible thinking. This is especially important to us. A semester abroad is recommended for students. The working group leaders can provide support in choosing institutes abroad.

Foreign Language Skills

In order to study this course at the University of Oldenburg as a student from outside of Germany, you need an adequate knowledge of German.

German Language Proficiency
You can proof your German language proficiency with the following language certificates:
  • DSH: Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (Level 2)
  • TestDaF: Test – Deutsch als Fremdsprache (with level 4 in all four areas)
Recommended English Language Proficiency see admission requirements
  • Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) Level B2 is strongly recommended for studying.
You will need sufficient knowledge of English to be able to understand lectures and courses, write texts and conduct in-depth discussions in English.

The proof of language proficiency must be presented for the enrolment. For other proof possiblities see: Language requirements

Careers and Areas of Employment

The master's degree qualifies graduates to work responsibly as chemists in productive industries or in the service industry. This employment may include chemistry research, as well as assignments in service and advising in public or private institutions. Experience shows that graduates of the University of Oldenburg are highly valued in the labour market.

Find out more about the professional field of Chemistry (in German).

Target Group/Admission Requirements

Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification in Chemistry or from prior studies in a closely related field.

Application/Admission Procedures

This is an open admissions degree course, and applications are accepted for both the winter and summer semesters.
The application deadline for the winter semester is 30 September.
The application deadline for the summer semester is 31 March.

Please note
For open-admission Master's degree programmes it is strongly recommended to submit their applications as early as possible before 15 July for the winter semester and before 15 January for the summer semester. If the supporting documents are submitted after these dates but before the standard application deadlines, your application can only be processed at the start of the lecture period in the new semester. This may result serious problems (German document).
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