Applied Natural Sciences

Master of Science
Standard period of study
3 semesters
In presence
Admission restriction
The Master‘s programme in Applied Natural Sciences is an interdisciplinary programme that enables graduates of Bachelor programmes in applied natural sciences to work in research fields comprising chemistry, physics, and life sciences. It combines chemical and physical concepts in material science with environmental sciences, an aspect that is of increasing importance in terms of environmental protection.


DegreeMaster of Science
Standard period of study3
Start of programme
Summer semester
Winter semester
Application deadline for summer semester
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Application deadline for winter semester
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Teaching languageEnglish
Admission restrictionno
Admission requirements
BSc in Applied Natural Sciences conferred by Universität Koblenz or equivalent degree (final grade 2.5 or better).
The board of examiners decides on any exceptions on the basis of applications submitted.
Exceptions in this regard are a Bachelor's thesis with the grade 1.5 or better or professional experience of at least one year in the field of chemistry and physics of functional materials.
Prerequisites are a scientifically based command of higher mathematics, classical physics (mechanics, thermodynamics, electrodynamics, optics) and basic modern physics (atomic and molecular physics, quantum mechanics) on the level of experimental physics as well as in the basics and applications of general and inorganic chemistry, substance classes and reaction mechanisms in organic chemistry and material laws and states of matter in physical chemistry.

Contents and structure

The Master‘s programme comprises three semesters of fulltime study during which participants are required to obtain a total of 90 ECTS. For students with a Bachelor‘s degree equivalent to 180 ECTS, an additional semester (30 ECTS) is offered.

Ultimately, a total of 300 ECTS are required for the award of the MSc. Electives (42 ECTS) offer students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the physics and chemistry of functional materials and environmental aspects as well as in a broad range of other fields, such as biology, geosciences, mathematics, and computer sciences. The programme in particular provides the opportunity to gain practical skills. The practical phase comprises a research project (12 ECTS) and the final Master‘s thesis (25 ECTS) with a final oral exam (5 ECTS).

Students will acquire theoretical and practical skills in the synthesis, characterisation and applications of functional materials and environmental sciences. Electives make it possible to individually focus on, for instance, mathematics, biology, geoscience, economics, or computer science. Lectures will be held in English (modules taught in German can also be chosen as electives).

The programme offers a broad range of electives, such as mathematics, biology, geoscience, economics, and computer science.The interdisciplinary and applied approach enables graduates of this programme to synthesise and characterise functional materials and to identify interrelationships with aspects of life sciences. Please note that this MSc is not an engineering programme.


As a graduate, you will have in-depth scientific knowledge in theory and practice that will qualify you for demanding jobs. In particular, you will qualify for a career in natural science research, but also for challenging administrative and industrial careers in sectors related to chemistry, physics, materials and life sciences.

English language courses during your studies will prepare you for scientific work in an international environment.

The Master‘s degree also opens up the possibility of taking consecutive PhD programme.

Semester abroad

Due to the high number of elective modules (42 ECTS), it is very easy to integrate a semester abroad.

Research cooperations

There are cooperation agreements with several universities and research institutions in Germany and abroad, for instance in Chile, China, France, Italy, Morocco, Spain, and USA. Additionally, an international orientation of the study programme is achieved through our employment of an international research staff, regular talks by guest lecturers from abroad, and internships that can be undertaken all over the world.

Applicants with foreign university entrance qualifications

Please find out more about the separate application process under International and Apply Now!
Due to the long visa application process, we strongly advise non-EU students to apply for the summer semester by 15 November and for the winter semester by 15 May.


Study office

Martina Hermanns
Emil-Schüller-Str. 12, EG, R. 034

Study Advisory Service

Petra Meinerz
Emil-Schüller-Str. 12, EG, R. 032

Subject-specific Study Advisory Service