ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

18 months
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The MSc in Chemistry at ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology offers a research-oriented education taught by an international faculty, engaged in research covering a wide range of topics.

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ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology students benefit from a high staff-to-student ratio, world-class research and teaching facilities and excellent equipment and infrastructure.

The curriculum includes compulsory courses in three core subject areas: Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry. In addition, students select optional courses from a broad spectrum of advanced topics in chemistry, biology, pharmaceutical sciences, material science and related areas.

The programme requirements also include two laboratory courses / research projects and a Master´s thesis of 16 weeks´ duration.

The aim of the D-CHAB Master’s degree programme is to impart the following knowledge and competence.


Graduates in chemistry will:

  • have a sound knowledge of the fundamental principles of analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry and related subjects, of the methods and strategies in chemical synthesis, and of state-of-the-art physical and analytical techniques in chemistry, including the interfaces to biology and materials sciences,
  • gain specialized knowledge by carrying out at least one research project and writing a Master's thesis,
  • understand the most important research issues in their field of study,
  • have a command of basic physics, mathematics, computer science, biology, and chemical engineering and have knowledge of safety and environmental aspects as well as of some of the key elements of the social sciences. They will understand the value of an interdisciplinary approach.


Graduates in chemistry will be able to apply their theoretical knowledge. In particular, they will be able to:

  • apply concepts for the synthesis of organic, inorganic, and organometallic compounds, propose new synthesis methods, and establish theoretical models,
  • formulate synthetic protocols, describe the equipment, and carry out the various steps, including physical procedures, of a synthesis,
  • select and apply appropriate physical and analytical methods to a particular problem and interpret the results,
  • assess the risks involved in the application of substances, products, and processes as well as in the circulation of substances and products,
  • recognize the implications of environmental standards and standards for consumer goods and ensure that these standards are maintained.

General skills

Graduates in chemistry will:

  • be skilled in the application of common scientific methods and paradigms. They will be able to apply formal models and the results of natural science and engineering studies to the exploration and design of technical systems,
  • be able to apply the acquired methods and techniques to review, consolidate, and solve problems and to carry out scientific investigations,
  • be able to evaluate arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts, and data in an attempt to find solutions to complex problems,

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • NMR Spectroscopy in Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Reactive Intermediates
  • Advanced Magnetic Resonance
  • Advanced Optics and Spectroscopy
  • Analytical Strategy
  • Chemical Aspects of Energy
  • Renewable Energy Technologies
  • Chemical Crystallography
  • Structure Determination
  • Chemical Technology
  • Biological Engineering and Biotechnology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed




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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
7 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
100 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

To be eligible for admission to a Master's degree programme at ETH Zurich you need to have a high-quality Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 180 ECTS or an equivalent first academic degree from an internationally recognized university.

The degree must be in a discipline qualifying for the chosen Master's degree programme. Your previous studies must comply in quality, depth and breadth with the requirement profile of the Master's degree programme.

Candidates from Swiss Universities of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschulen) can apply if certain conditions are fulfilled.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1196 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 598 EUR per semester and a duration of 18 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1196 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 598 EUR per semester and a duration of 18 months.

660 CHF 


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