Molecular Science - Spectroscopy and Simulation

... looks into questions such as ...

  • How can laser-spectroscopic and microscopic methods optimally contribute to the in-depth understanding of chemical reactions and biological processes?   
  • Does water, as the “matrix of life”, play an active role in protein folding or in enzymatic reactions (e.g. relevant for the causes of Alzheimer’s disease)?   
  • Can we improve chemical reactions by choosing the proper solvent?   
  • What is the microscopic origin of macroscopic properties of liquids?   
  • How fast are chemical reactions happening on a microscopic perspective?

Degree programmes


Molecular Science - Spectroscopy and Simulation, Master 1 subject


Degree: Master of Science
Start: Winter semester
Duration: 4 semesters
Classroom language: English

Detailed information for international applicants

What's it all about?

This degree programme is unique, because ...

It is a research-oriented, interdisciplinary and multicultural program held in English. The program focuses on the molecular understanding of chemical and biochemical processes. Topics are from the traditional disciplines of chemistry and physics with a focus on modern laser spectroscopy and microscopy, computer simulation, and quantum chemistry.

It provides the opportunity to specialise in the following fields
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Quantum Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Computational Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering

Who is suited?

Those who wish to enrol in this degree programme,


  • a decent background in quantum physics, mathematics, spectroscopy and computational chemistry


  • to understand chemical, physical and biochemical processes from a microscopic point of view
  • to gain hands on experience of state of the art spectroscopic experiments
  • to solve scientific puzzles
  • to work in a multidisciplinary international environment


struggle through:

  • a demanding first year
This degree programme is suited for graduates in the following subjects
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Biochemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Engineering
  • The degree program requires advanced knowledge in Quantum Mechanics, Quantum Chemistry, Spectroscopy and Mathematics. You find more details at
Graduates from this degree programme frequently work
  • as PhD students at RUB or one of the partner institutes
  • as researchers at universities and in industry
  • as consultants
  • as project managers

And else?

An internship ...

is mandatory. It is done in the 3rd semester semester.
Duration: 2-3 months

Where do I find help?

Academic advisory office

Montana Petersen
Building, Room: ZEMOS 2.07
Phone: +49 (0)234 / 32-29394
Website academic advisory office

Contact students

Fachschaft Chemie / Biochemie
Building, Room: NC 03/34
Phone: +49 (0)234 / 32-25287
Website Fachschaft


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