The master's degree program in Chemistry is modular. This means that the degree is obtained by successfully completing all modules. Thus, the final examinations of the respective modules are partial examinations of the master's examination.

The study plan indicates the recommended sequence of modules for completing the master's program in four semesters. A total of four compulsory modules are planned for the 1st and 2nd semesters. In the 3rd and 4th semesters, 40 CP are provided in the elective area. At the end of the 3rd semester there is a focusing laboratory course as preparation for the master thesis in the 4th semester.

If you have any questions about individual courses of study, please contact the student advisory service.

Basic information about the content and organization of the modules can be found in the module guide. Further details can be found on the module homepages linked below or on the eCampus courses of the modules. (Note: For the eCampus modules you need a Uni-Bonn-ID and a registration for the course).

1. Semester

MCh 1.1 Advanced Inorganic Molecular and
Solid State Chemistry (10 CP) (for studies starting in winter semester)
MCh 2 Analytical Methods for Condensed Matter (10 CP) (for studies starting in summer semester)
MCh 1.2 Organic Molecules and Materials (10 CP)
MCh 1.3 Advanced Physical Chemistry (5 CP)
MCh 1.4 Quantum Chemistry (5 CP)

2. Semester

MCh 1.1 Advanced Inorganic Molecular and
Solid State Chemistry (10 CP) (for studies starting in summer semester)
MCh 2 Analytical Methods for Condensed Matter (10 CP) (for studies starting in winter semester)
Compulsory Elective Module (10 CP)
Compulsory Elective Module (10 CP)

3. Semester

Compulsory Elective Module (10 CP)
Compulsory Elective Module (10 CP)
MCh 3 Focusing Laboratory Course (10 CP)

4. Semester

MCh 4 Master's thesis (30 CP)

Compulsory Elective Modules (2./3. Semester)

Eine Wissenschaftlerin und ein Wissenschaftler arbeiten hinter einer Glasfassade und mischen Chemikalien mit Großgeräten.
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Compulsory Elective Modules (2./3. Semester)

The prerequisite for participation in most of the subject-specific elective modules is the completion of the compulsory modules of the respective department (MCh 1.1, MCh 1.2, MCh 1.3, MCh 1.4, MCh 2). The individual module-specific prerequisites can be found in the module guide and the examination regulations, which can be found on the page of the examination board and office.

Towards the end of the lecture period of every semester, an information event takes place, at which the persons responsible for the elective modules present the elective modules of the upcoming semester and inform about the organizational regulations.

WP 1 Industrial Inorganic Molecular Chemistry

Advanced knowledge in the field of inorganic molecular chemistry and homogeneous catalysis, industrial application of transition metal and main group element compounds

WP 2 Supramolecular Chemistry

Non-covalent interactions, analytical methods, (artificial) receptors, self-assembly and sorting, surface patterning, rotaxanes, catenanes, knots, dendrimers, molecular machines

WP 3 Sustainability in Chemistry

Sustainability in chemistry, interdisciplinary strategies, history of chemical pollution, sustainable developments

WP 4 Advanced Quantum Chemistry Methods

In-depth knowledge of the methods and concepts of quantum chemistry, programming and implementation of quantum chemical methods on the computer

WP 5 Surface Science and Electrochemistry

Properties, concepts and models in surface and electrochemistry and experimental methods for the study of surfaces and
electrochemical interfaces and related chemical processes

WP 6 Chemical Biology / Medicinal Chemistry

Synthesis and properties of biopolymers; current concepts in bioorganic chemistry, combinatorial chemistry, medicinal chemistry, and chemical biology; application of concepts to modern biological and biotechnological problems

WP 7 Organometallic Chemistry

Catalysis, organometallic reactions, selectivity, sustainability

WP 8 Molecular Dynamics of Time Dependent Phenomena

Monoatomic systems, quantum dynamics, ultrafast laser spectroscopy, time-resolved spectroscopy, wave packet dynamics, molecular dynamics

WP 9 Macromolecular Chemistry

Synthesis, properties, characterization and application of polymers, macromolecular chemistry

WP 10 Inorganic Materials

In-depth knowledge of the synthesis, characterization, structure, properties and applications of inorganic materials

WP 11 Biophysical Chemistry

In-depth knowledge of biophysical chemistry; understanding of life processes from a physicochemical perspective

WP 12 Theoretical Methods for Condensed Matter

Advanced knowledge of quantum chemical methods for the treatment of crystals and liquids and own performance and interpretation of quantum chemical calculations of condensed matter

WP 13 Synthesis and Retrosynthesis

In-depth knowledge of modern synthesis methods, syntheses of complex functional compounds, total synthesis of natural products, 2D- and 3D-NMR structure determination

WP 14 Modern Methods to Elucidate Structure-Function-Relationships in Biomacromolecules

Basics of biochemistry, structural biology, structure determination with different methods; protein expression, purification and characterization, evaluation of diffraction data, solution of macromolecular structures using crystallographic methods

WP 15 Natural Product Chemistry

Basic knowledge of natural product chemistry; structure elucidation, synthesis, biosynthesis and isolation of natural products; biological function of natural products, active ingredients; isotope labeling

WP 16 Physical Concepts of Condensed Matter Science

classical and modern physical and mathematical concepts of condensed matter

WP 17 Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy

Spin physics, EPR/NMR spectroscopy, pulse sequence and spin dynamics

Focusing Laboratory Course und Master's Thesis

By writing the master's thesis, students should demonstrate that they can develop and present in writing a scientific finding within the time frame of six months using the knowledge and methods of modern chemical research acquired in the previous study. Own results should be included, discussed and evaluated in an appropriate way. The topic of the master's thesis is agreed individually with the university lecturer chosen by the student as supervisor.

The Focusing Laboratory Course serves as preparation for the master's thesis and is usually completed in the same working group as the master's thesis. In this module, the students are to learn independent scientific work in experimental or theoretical chemical topics on the basis of a self-contained scientific project study. For this purpose, the student should join a working group active in research.

Important forms (such as the form for registering the master's thesis) can be found on the Examination Office and Board page.

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