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What you need to know, in a nutshell:

Freie Universität offers three different master’s degree programs in the field of chemistry, each tailored to meet specific educational and professional goals:

  • The M. Sc. Program in Chemistry is designed to further deepen theoretical and practical skills in Chemistry, while also delving into the latest methods and techniques employed in chemical research.
    Chemical research spans a wide spectrum, ranging from investigations into radioactive metals for their applications in nuclear medicine, to the complete synthesis of natural compounds, and the advancement of novel synthesis techniques. This field is dedicated to exploring the properties, transformations, and functionalities of various substances. From quantum mechanics to density functional theory the Master’s Degree in Chemistry encompasses a wide range of theoretical knowledge.
  • The M. Sc. Program Polymer Science is an interdisciplinary program created and administered by Freie Universität Berlin (FU), Humboldt University Berlin (HU), Technical University Berlin (TU) and University of Potsdam (UP). Polymer Science encompasses chemical, physical, engeneering, processing and theoretical aspects, with significant implications for modern materials science. Its primary objective is to lay the groundwork for the creation and characterization of polymeric materials, as well as to understand the relationships between their structure and properties.
    More detailed information can be found on the website of Polymer Science.
  • For those pursuing a career in teaching at integrated secondary schools, the M. Ed. Chemistry degree program is specifically designed to build upon the foundational subject knowledge and pedagogical skills acquired during their undergraduate studies. More detailed information about this program can be found on the website of the Dahlem School of Education (DSE).

Chemistry investigates and describes the fundamental substances of the world and the transformations they undergo. It is an experimental science, deriving methods and concepts from observing the material world, continually evolving them to shape our surroundings.

The Master’s degree program focuses on the current state of research concepts and experimental as well as theoretical methods used to examine, describe, and predict the structure and behavior of atoms, molecules, and solids. This includes synthesizing complex molecules and analyzing molecular associations.

The program also covers theoretical and instrumental methods for analytical detection and structural elucidation, along with the necessary theoretical backgrounds for understanding and applying them.

Research projects apply these methods and concepts to current topics explored within research groups. The elective courses within the Master’s degree program provide opportunities for interdisciplinary connections between chemistry and fields such as mathematics, physics, biology, medicine, and materials science.

Topics for specialisation modules include:

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Macromolecular Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Theoretical Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry

For an overview of the contents of the Master’s Degree Program and the Standard Curriculum Plan, please click here.

The Master’s degree program in Chemistry welcomes students to begin their studies in either the winter or summer semesters. Applications are accepted from December to mid-January for the summer semester intake, and from mid-April to the end of May for the winter semester intake.

Applicants for the master’s program must hold a qualifying university degree in Chemistry from Freie Universität Berlin or an equivalent degree from a program with comparable content and structure.
Those who have not yet completed their university degree but meet other admission criteria may still apply, provided they demonstrate that they will attain the necessary qualifications. This can be shown by proving that at least two-thirds of the workload for the bachelor’s program has been completed and a thesis proposal with a specified start date for the thesis has been submitted.

Language proficiency is also a requirement: applicants whose first language is not German and who have not obtained their university degree at an institution where German is the language of instruction must provide a Language Certificate in German (DSH2) or English (IELTS 5.0; TOEFL: Paper 500 or Computer 170 or Internet 80).