Course Information

Chemical Engineering - Master of Science (MSc)

Chemical engineers participate in major industrial corporations, small and medium-sized enterprises and the civil service. Due to broadly based training, chemical engineers match the multifaceted needs of the modern job market. Professional activity is not restricted to the chemical industry, but extends to many associated industries.

Key data

Type of programme

Master of Science (MSc)

Type of study
  • full-time
Study curriculum

Information on the study curriculum


Information for applicants

Start of programme
  • next summer semester: 01.04.2022
  • next winter semester: 01.10.2022
Language of instruction
  • English
  • no restriction
ECTS credit points


Standard period of study (semester)


More about the course

M.Sc. Chemical Engineering focuses on

  • chemical conversion of materials and the related technical processes and equipment.
  • modern methodological procedures like mathematical modelling of chemical processes.
  • chemical reaction engineering techniques for energy storage and conversion and related technologies.


  • Scope of the program: Scientific principles, experimental research, analytical methods and applications in the interdisciplinary fields of chemical engineering and energy technology
  • Emphasis on lab work: Students get trained in conducting scientific experiments, recording and analyzing experimental data.
  • Independent research project: For completion of the program students work independently on an experimental master´s thesis project in an area/institute of their choice.
  • Multidisciplinarity: The master program aims at getting together students, teachers and researchers from different disciplines in natural sciences and engineering science.

 Educational requirements to be met by future students:

  • Solid undergraduate education in mathematics and physics  and chemical engineering
  • Willingness to close potential gaps in basic knowledge in mathematics and natural sciences  quickly. Students will attend demanding intensive courses that summarize basics and lead to advanced topics fast.
  • Willingness to actively participate in classes, labs and seminars.
  • Social skills to live and study in a multicultural, scientifically and personally stimulating environment.

  • The master’s programme in Chemical Engineering is a research-oriented programme. It aims to deepen and complement the scientific and methodological qualifications acquired in the bachelor’s programme. The programme objective is to convey knowledge and skills to the students that enable them to independently work on complex problems in chemical and process engineering applying scientific methods and to thus qualify them for work in research, science, development and application in the industry, higher education and research institutes. In particular, the master’s degree qualifies graduates for doctoral studies.
  • Curriculum

Please check here e.g. Time tables; exam dates

and here for internships and downloads... on the website of our Institute for Chemical Engineering

How to apply

Application period
Start of Programme
Summer October 15 - November 15  April

February 1 - March 15


This is how you apply:

Step 1: Registration in the campus portal of Ulm University
You register online via "My personal campus portal" (link available here during the application phase).
After self-registration, you will receive an e-mail with the activation code and a request to confirm your personal account in the campus portal of Ulm University.

Step 2: Application in the campus portal of Ulm University
You submit your application via "My personal campus portal" and upload the required documents.

Academic Requirements MSc programme “Chemical Engineering":

1.    Proof of a bachelor's degree with examination results in the study course chemical engineering or any other programme with essentially the same content at any higher education institution in Germany or abroad or any degree recognized as equivalent awarded after a minimum of three years of study.

2.    Examination results must comply with one of the following criteria:

- final grade of the bachelor's degree of 2.5 or better, or if the degree has not yet been completed examination results showing an average of 2.5 or better by the application deadline.

- Applicants who do not fulfill the above-average grade, have to prove their qualification for this master's programme by an admission examination*. This also applies if the bachelor's programme has not yet been completed and the examination results show an average of 3.0 or better by the application period.

3.    Coursework in mathematics, natural science and chemical engineering, the extent has to be closely comparable to a chemical Engineering Bachelor at Ulm University.

4.   Required basic competencies in the chemical engineering area. Successfull applicants : 

-  have in-depth knowledge of chemical, thermal, and mechanical process engineering
- can apply process engineering concepts to selected problems,
- can operate basic operations experimentally on a laboratory scale,
- have basic knowledge of modeling and simulation of process engineering processes,
- have a basic understanding of fluid mechanics, engineering mechanics and engineering thermodynamics,
- can analyze experimental results and evaluate them in the context of scientific literature (pleae provide evience of this by providing an abstract for your with a Bachelor projects or uploading published scientific articles).

5.    Proof of adequate command of English at level C 1 of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).


* Applicants living abroad may participate in an online admission examination.

The application documents must be uploaded in electronic form in the campus portal before the appllicaiton deadline.

We do not accept documents sent by post or attached to e-mails.

Application Documents:
  • Bachelor's degree certificate with final bachelor grade. If bachelor not yet granted: record of all achievements and examination results obtained so far with grade point average (GPA) 
  • Transcripts of records for all semesters/terms of the bachelor programme reporting your final GPA. Information entered in the application form has to be retrievable on the transcripts. Please highlight information on the grading system stated on the transcript.
  • In the case of a foreign higher education degree: grading scale of the degree programme with indication of the lowest passing grade and maximum grade for the degree, to be shown on the bachelor's degree diploma/bachelor's degree certificate or on an official document of the higher education institution.
  • Form for the subject-specific additional information: Application form (see below) completely filled form, with all the infromation on your Bachelor studies. Please upload the signed application form!
  • Proof of English language proficiency at level C1 CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)
  • APS-certificate: has to be provided by students from PR China and Vietnam only
  • Officially certified translations of all documents to English or German (if originals are not written in English or German)
  • Curriculum vitae, 2 pages maximum, application number must be reported on top. Please upload the signed CV!
Optional Documents: 

Optional documents such as a CV, published scientifica articles or evidence of Bachelor's thesis can be uploaded with the application form. 

No motivatin letter or reference letter are necessary for the application. 

Please note:
  • All scanned documents must be easily readable!

Read me: "How to complete the application Form"

Excel file: "Application Form"

It is very important that the application form is filled correctly with information on the grading system at your university as well as information on the courses you attended. If the application form is not filled properly, your application may be rejected.

Please let us know if you need assistance to complete the form.


  • sign the application form
  • application forms completed in handwriting are not accepted

Graduates of the Ulm University with a B. Sc. in Chemical Engineering, should use the application form "Antrag auf Studiengangwechsel / Umschreibung vom Bachelor in den Master" and bring it to the Studiensekretariat together with the the other documents showing the fulfillment of the formal admission requirements (grade of bachelor´s degree: 2.5 or better; if the grade of the bachelor´s degree is 2.6 - 3.0: invitation to admission interview; adequate English skills). For more information please read here.

Professional Prospects

A wide range of careers are open to chemical engineers given their scientific and analytic training:

  • Research and development positions in government-funded labs and private research industries
  • Scientific and technological areas and industry : chemical and pharmaceutical industry, material science, computer programming, automotive and aerospace research, manufacturing and technology-based areas, healthcare sector
  • Specialized applications such development, testing and implementation of new products and processes
  • Sales and Marketing positions: identification of potential customers and information about new products technical aspects

  • PhD in Germany and all over the world
  • Teaching
  • Research

Campus life

Tuition Fees are only applicable for second degree and international students (non-EU students). Further infomation can be found here.

Additionally the university and the students union (Studierendenwerk Ulm) currently charge administrative fees approximately amounting to 165 € each semester. Students admitted to the "Chemical Engineering" programme will be asked to pay these fees for the following term immediately after they accepted admission.

Living expenses
A student at Ulm University will face the following living expenses :
•    University/students union administrative fee: ~165 € each semester
•    Health insurance: 80 € each month
•    Rent: approximately 300 € each month
•    Public transportation (semester ticket): 115 € each semester
•    General cost of living (depending on the lifestyle): approx. 300 € each month

Expenses per year: approx.  8700 €
Expenses for the regular duration of the programme (2 years): approx. 17 400 €

Non-EU students have to pay tuition fees: 1500 € each semester

Financial Assistance
Information on scholarship programs can be found at the German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD). Typically, students will have to apply for a scholarship one year ahead of time. Ulm University does not offer any additional scholarships for incoming students.

Proof of Financial Resources

Typically, proof of financial resources of at least 700 € per month will be necessary to obtain a student visa. Additionally, many German embassies require students to prove that they dispose of a specific amount of money (approx. 8000 €) on a German bank account before a visa will be issued. Please inquire at the German embassy in your country for specific requirements.

Students admitted to the programme are advised to book a room in a student dormitory. This request is a part of our Acceptance letter.

There are four dorms downtown (25 min bus drive to the campus) and one near the campus (walking distance). All rooms are one person rooms and fully furnished. You share kitchen (with all cooking facilities) and bathroom with a few persons; according to the type of dorm this can be 2 to 12 persons. There are no dorms exclusively for men or women, however some appartments may be women only.

Student Dormitories in Ulm

  • The main dormitories are the dormitory complexes "Heilmeyersteige" and "Manfred-Börner-Straße" at walking distance from the University and the dormitory "Gutenbergstraße" downtown.
  • overview of student dormitories run by the Studierendenwerk Ulm (students housing office)

Monthly rent: between 240 and 400 Euro .

  • We recommend that students do not work during 1st semester.
  • There is a limited number of student assistant positions (HiWi) available at the institutes participating in the MSc programme "Chemical Engineering”.
  • There is no financial compensation for master´s thesis work done at University of Ulm.
  • Info Work Regulations for Students (International Office, University of Ulm)


Dr. Oliver Wiltschka

Dr. Oliver Wiltschka
Dr. Oliver Wiltschka
Non-academic Staff
University Ulm
Dekanatsbüro der Fakultät für Naturwissenschaften
Albert-Einstein-Allee 11
89081 Ulm

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