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Molecular Sciences - Spectroscopy and Simulation (iMOS), M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #251 (WUR) Bochum, Germany
The International Master program, Molecular Sciences - Spectroscopy and Simulation (iMOS) from Ruhr University of Bochum, offers you the unique chance to acquire and apply cutting-edge theoretical and spectroscopic techniques in the fields of molecular chemistry, biochemistry, and physics from instructors affiliated with a national Cluster of Excellence.


iMOS Scope 
  • Earn high-level skills in cutting-edge theoretical and spectroscopic techniques
  • Gain deep insights into molecular physics, chemistry, and biochemistry
  • Work in international, multicultural, and interdisciplinary teams
  • Learn to develop and solve scientific questions by applying suitable theoretical and experimental methods to a wide range of interdisciplinary scientific challenges

Plan ahead:

  • The Molecular Sciences - Spectroscopy and Simulation (iMOS) Master's Program takes two years and is taught in English.
  • Prerequisite basic knowledge of classical mechanics, thermodynamics/statistical mechanics is mandatory. Success in the program requires relying on your skills in quantum mechanics, mathematics, physics, and chemistry.
  • Study within an active, interdisciplinary research environment
  • Work together with top researchers in their field
  • Gain early hands-on experience in high profile research within the Cluster of Excellence RESOLV
  • Spend three months on an international internship
  • Qualify for your funded doctoral thesis in Germany
  • Fast-track option for outstanding students: Start your doctoral work after only one year

Work Perspectives

Germany is one of the world‘s leaders in applied optical technologies and has flourishing chemical and pharmaceutical industries. There are excellent opportunities for alumni with a top-level education and training in spectroscopic and simulation techniques.The International Master program, Molecular Sciences - Spectroscopy and Simulation (iMOS) is offered by Ruhr University of Bochum.



Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Dynamics and Simulation
  • Concepts of Spectroscopy
  • Concepts of Molecular Chemistry 
  • Electronic and Molecular Structure Theory
  • Theoretical Spectroscopy
  • Concepts of Quantum Mechanics
  • Statistical Physics and Thermodynamics
  • Biomolecular Simulation
  • Methods of Structural Analysis
  • Fundamentals of Magnetic Resonance
  • Scientific Programming Methods for Chemists


They are looking for students who have a passion for science and wish to work in an international environment.

Detailed Programme Facts

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    Please reserve time for the visa process. For example, embassy deadlines for students from China, Vietnam and Mongolia may be as early as February (APS cert.).

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Application form
  • 1 passport photo
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Certified* copy of high school certificate or equivalent school leaving certificate
  • Certified* copy of qualifying academic degree
  • Certified* copy of subjects and grades
  • Optional: a personal statement describing your motivation to apply for the program
  • Proof of English language skills
  • Akademische Prüfstelle (APS) for students from China, Vietnam, and/or Mongolia. See your local Embassy for up to date Visa requirements.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Ruhr-Universität Bochum does not charge tuition fees. The students must only pay a semester contribution fee of about €330 per semester.

Living costs for Bochum

  • 680 - 930 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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