Study program information
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Program Summary

The international study program „Chemistry of Materials“ is research-oriented and provides the ability to work independently in a modern, interdisciplinary field at the interface between chemistry, physics and materials science, based on the education in a qualified undergraduate degree program. The study program provides extensive knowledge of synthesis, chemistry and the properties of novel functional materials. The entire spectrum from the molecule via nanoscale materials to the bulk material will be discussed. A particular focus is given on advanced methods of industrial material synthesis and chemical processing, such as nanomaterials, thin films, macromolecular materials, glasses and ceramics, and materials for energy. In these fields, both extensive experimental-analytical skills and the computer simulation from atomistic to meso and macroscopic length scale are of particular interest.

The 2-year Master‘s program „Chemistry of Materials“ is designed for students with a Bachelor‘s degree in either chemistry, physics, materials sciences, any of the chemistry-related disciplines of engineering or related fields. The course language is English. The study program starts in the winter semester (October 1st) of each academic year.

Special Features

The English study program is designed for national and foreign students interested in international curriculum. Due to its interdisciplinary - as well as its research - orientation, the study program fulfills the need for qualified graduates in the broad field of materials chemistry and in particular, of nanotechnology. Furthermore, the program encourages the exchange of ideas and culture through opportunities to study abroad. Global issues in renewable energy, optics and photonics, health and aging, transportation, and information and data processing are addressed.

Career Opportunities

The skills you gain in this study program open doors to careers in many different technological fields. In particular, the program targets the increasing demand for graduates in materials chemistry in chemical and materials oriented industries, pharmaceutical companies, life sciences, aerospace or research centres in developing novel materials and modern fabrication techniques.

The degree also enables admission into programs of higher scientific qualification such as a doctoral school (Ph. D.) at a university or in collaboration with one of the many research centres in the region.


The program comprises three stages: adjustment, specialization and practical training.

The adjustment stage provides students with the necessary materials chemistry background, depending on their individual Bachelor education. Basic German or project management skills can also be obtained during the first semester.

The specialization stage provides students with fundamental courses as well as the opportunity to specialize in various fields of materials chemistry depending on personal interest.

During the practical training students perform research laboratory work and a scientific internship either with research groups in Jena or with partner institutions abroad. At the end of the program, students work towards a thesis on a current topic of materials research.

Course Schedule

The interdisciplinary training of students in chemistry, physics, materials science and related fields is a central goal of this master's degree program. Compulsory modules, required elective modules and associated credit points (LP) are listed in the study planpdf, 368 kb of „Chemistry of Materials“.

Gained Skills

  • Chemistry „from molecules to materials“
  • Nanotechnology and advanced computational tools
  • Multi-scale simulation of material-related problems
  • Modern methods for material preparation
  • Advanced analytical tools, spectroscopy and microscopy
  • Creativity, critical thinking and data analysis
  • Basic German language skills, project management skills