Molecular Sciences - Spectroscopy and Simulation (iMOS), M.Sc. | Ruhr University Bochum | Bochum, Germany
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Join this highly competitive Molecular Sciences - Spectroscopy and Simulation (iMOS) program from Ruhr University Bochum tailored specifically for international research exchange. Instructors from physical chemistry and theoretical chemistry, physics, materials science, & lasers and photonics add practical, theoretical and computational methods to your knowledge.

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Key Features

Our top researchers in primarily the fields of theoretical and physical chemistry will train you in cutting-edge spectroscopic and simulation techniques through lectures and extensive hands-on practica here and abroad, taking your basic conceptual knowledge of quantum & classical mechanics and thermodynamics / statistical mechanics to the next level.

Be one of the 6,000+ international students at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum in Germany, a world leader in applied optical technologies, chemistry and pharmacology. Local students will benefit from the unique international exchange and focused training in spectroscopy and simulation. 

The Molecular Sciences - Spectroscopy and Simulation (iMOS) program from Ruhr University Bochum is an accredited Masters of Science degree granting program offered by the Fakultät für Chemie und Biochemie.



Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Concepts of Quantum Mechanics
  • Statistical Physics and Thermodynamics
  • Dynamics and Simulation
  • Concepts of Spectroscopy  
  • Concepts of Molecular Chemistry 
  • Biomolecular Simulation

  • Scientific Programming Methods for Chemists (Python)


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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Applicants applying for the Fast-Track 1+3 PhD programme should apply before May 15.


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120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

Recommended: a minimum GPA of 2.0 or equivalent according to the German scale (where 1.0 is the best and 4.0 is the lowest) along with 10 ECTS CP in Mathematics and 8 ECTS CP in Theoretical Chemistry and/or Spectroscopic Techniques and/or Quantum Mechanics and/or equivalent topics.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

Students who apply for the Master of Science program must have a Bachelor (or comparable) degree in one of the following:

  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • A related engineering field 
  • Comparable specialized course and Biology/Biochemistry degree holders are encouraged to apply
In GPA-ratings (maximum grade 4.0, minimum grade to pass 2.0) you need at least an average of 3.0. In percentage-ratings (100% maximum, minimum grade to pass 40%), you need at least 70%. If your degree includes ratings like “first division”, “first division with distinction” etc., you should have at least earned one of the two best ratings.

Technological requirements

No examination regulation requirements. Python programming is an asset.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) does not charge tuition fees. Students must  pay a semester contribution fee of about €330 per semester; includes transit ticket.

Living costs for Bochum

680 - 930 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Funding for the MSc programme is not provided. Applicants with a 1.5 GPA (German scale) or better may consider applying to the Fast-Track 1+3 PhD programme.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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