Chemical Engineering - Master of Science (M.Sc.)

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.


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Master of Science (M.Sc.)

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  • nächstes Sommersemester: 01.04.2021
  • nächstes Wintersemester: 01.10.2021
  • englisch
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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.


  • Objectives

    • 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.
  • Aims and Syllabus

    • 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
  • For students

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

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

  • Pre-Master`s Course - Faculty of Natural Sciences

    Pre Master`s Course for Master programmes – Faculty of Natural Sciences

    The Ulm University focuses on life sciences, bio- and nanotechnologies as well as on energy conversion and storage. It has constantly obtained a high ranking for its academic research and quality of teaching. To improve the academic formation of its future graduates, our university offers a preparatory course for international students seeking admission in one the following English-taught master programmes: Advanced Materials, Biology, Biophysics, Chemical Engineering and Energy Science & Technology.

    Each year we bring together very motivated and talented international students from different areas of Natural Sciences and Engineering. We want to ensure that all students start our programmes at the same level and will complete their master programme successfully. The pre-master course is for exceptional students wishing to get admission to one of our programmes, but appearing to have insufficient knowledge or skills in some particular areas. You would like to join an interdisciplinary master and have a deep knowledge in a particular subject but you are still missing the basics of another one? This preparatory course is designed to give you confidence and enough academic skills to ensure that you will hit the ground running and make the most of your master.

    Purpose and Objectives

    During the premaster course you enhance your knowledge in physics, biology, chemistry and/or mathematics depending on the programme you applied for. Your practical training starts in physics, chemistry or biology in a state-of-the-art lab environment. Moreover, you will have enough time to get used to the life in a foreign country, before starting the full-time master programme. Parallel to the pre-master course there will be some intercultural activities intended to help you with the new environment and integration.

    Start of Pre Master`s course: September 2nd , 2018

    Duration: 5 weeks

    Language of instruction: English

    Application: included in your application for degree programme

How to apply

  • Deadlines

    Application period
    Start of Programme
    Summer December 1 - January 15  April

    Start: January 16

    March 15 for applicants with a bachelor's degree obtained outside Germany
    June 15 for applicants with a bachelor's degree obtained within Germany

     September (Pre-Master`s Course)  - actual programme start: October
  • Admission requirements

    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. Fundamental skills in natural sciences, materials science and/ or engineering sciences Applicants who do not fulfill the above-average grade and hold a bachelor's degree with an overall grade of 3.0 or better have to provide 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.    Fundamental skills in natural sciences, materials science and/ or engineering sciences**

    4.    Proof of sufficient English language skills at Level C 1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR)

    This is proven by:
    - 7.0 points or better in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS); if the score and Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level are given at the same time, the higher level of language proficiency will be recognised,
    - Certificate in Advanced English or Certificate of Proficiency in English at the Cambridge exam,
    - 490 (listening), 455 (reading), 200 (speaking) and 200 (writing) points or better in the Test of English for International Communication (scale 10-990) (TOEIC),
    - 95 points or better in the Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based (TOEFL iBT institution code 8407),
    - Level III or level IV for UNIcert® or
    GER C1 level or higher, e. g. indicated on the higher education entrance qualification. A language proficiency level of CEF C1 or lower is not recognized.
    - an examination (university level) in the area of English language with an expressly stated C1 level, indicated by the Transcript of Records.
    This does not apply to applicants whose native language is English.

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

    ** These essential skills may be gained by passing the Pre Master`s course offered by Ulm University.

    Prospective students are expected to ...

    •        be willing to acquire a basic knowledge of German. German courses are part of the curriculum.

    •        be willing to study/live in a challenging, multi-cultural environment.


    Applicants have to provide:

    •        Curriculum vitae (maximum 2 pages)

    •        Transcript of records of all semesters/terms studied in the bachelor programme

    •        Information on the grading system at Bachelor University

    •        Bachelor degree certificate

    •        English test score report


    Evaluation of applications is based on:

    •        Bachelor programme, courses attended, internships and work experience

    •        Bachelor grade or CGPA and grades of relevant courses

  • Application process

    The link to Online Registration (Admission Department, Ulm University) is available during the annual application periods that precedes the start of the programme in summer or winter semester each year.  Application documents (hard copies or uploaded documents) will be accepted until January 15 for the summer semester or March 15 for the winter semester (June 15 if the bachelor's degree is obtained within Germany).
    Data you will be asked to enter:

    •        Personal data: Family name, first (given) name, gender, nationality, date and place of birth (city, official name of the country), place of residence, e-mail address

    •        Information on your bachelor degree and the university where you earned it: University and country of university, title of your bachelor (Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Engineering), subject of your bachelor program (e.g. Chemical Engineering), number of academic years the programme comprises

    •        Information on your current academic status:
    Bachelor degree finished yes/no. If yes: Finishing date

    Data sheet

    •        A data sheet for your records, showing the data you entered, will be created.

    •        Save it on your computer, print it for your records
    Cover sheet

    •        A cover sheet for the application package to be sent to “Chemical Engineering" by regular mail will be created. It shows your application number.

    •        Save it on your computer, print it.

    •        Sign in the designated space.

    Submit the data online

    •        You will receive an automatic e-mail reply confirming your registration. 

    Please note ...

    •     Online registration alone does not constitute a valid application. To complete your application, you must either upload your documents or send them by post.

  • Application form

    •        Access: The application form is provided by the “Chemical Engineering” office. You may access it during the application period here and in the course of the online registration procedure.
    Application form Chemical Engineering (.xlsx)
    Application form Chemical Engineering (.ods)

    Read me "How to complete this form"

    •        Finish online registration first by submitting your data online before starting to complete the application form.

    •        Completing the form will take some time. Use either Microsoft Excel or an open office spreadsheet program. Forms completed in handwriting are not accepted.

    Data you will be asked to enter in the application form:

    •        Application number you received during online registration (cover sheet).

    •        Information on the grading system at your university: does a credit point or credit hour system exist? Maximum grade attainable and minimum passing grade for bachelor courses and for final bachelor grade respectively.

    •        Final grade of your bachelor's degree or cumulative grade point average (CGPA)/current average grade of all courses you attended in the bachelor programme so far if you haven´t finished the bachelor programme yet.

    •        Courses in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Engineering Science (e.g. classical engineering, biotechnology ,medical engineering etc.): course title, number of credit points/credit hours earned, grade achieved.

    Submission of application form

    •        Save the form on your computer.

    •        Send a hard copy version of the form along with the other documents to “Chemical Engineering” by regular mail or upload files (see confirmation email):

              "Chemical Engineering"
              Dr. Maria-Verena Kohnle
              Faculty of Natural Sciences
              Ulm University
              89081 Ulm




  • Application documents

    Documents you have to submit via regular mail or upload documents:

    a)      Cover sheet of online registration with date and your signature in handwriting.
    Important: Your application is not valid without your signature on all documents that are asked to be signed: (a), b), d); see below)!

    b)      Application form: Hardcopy of completed form, signed on bottom of page 5.

    c)      Transcripts of records for all semesters/terms of the bachelor program. Information entered in the application form has to be retrievable on the transcripts. Please highlight information on the grading system stated on the transcript.

    d)      Curriculum vitae: Your CV has to be complete (no gaps, has to cover time since bachelor graduation). It mustn´t be longer than two pages (important!) and has to carry your name and application number on top, your signature on the bottom

    e)      Bachelor's degree certificate with final bachelor grade or transcript of records in case you still need to complete your last semester 

    f)      Score report of English test meeting our standards (for details check “Admission Requirements”)

    g)       APS-certificate (original): Has to be provided by students from PR China and Vietnam only

    We send a confirmation  once we received all necessary documents.

    Applications will be reviewed by the admission committee if ...

    •        ... the online registration is completed correctly.

    •        ... we receive documents a) to e) (students from PR China/Vietnam: a) to e) plus g)) in time.

    Please note: …

    •        All documents have to reach Ulm University by the end of the application period  OR You may also use the link given in the confirmation email to upload your documents by the end of the respective application period (January or March 15/June 15 for bachelor's degrees obtained within Germany)

    •        It is sufficient to send untestified copies of all documents. Don´t send any originals.

    •        In case documents are not written in English or German testified translations to English have to be submitted in addition to documents in original language.

    •        All envelopes sent have to contain a copy of the cover sheet carrying your name and application number to ensure that the documents can be allocated correctly.

    •        Application documents without a valid application number are not accepted.

    •        Do not send any certificates not related to your academic or professional qualifications.

    •        All copies must be easily readable, standard size and paper.

    •        We cannot return any documents.

  • After Admission

    Most foreign students have to apply for a student visa at the German Embassy in their home country. German Immigration Law does not allow to change the immigration status whilst in Germany; don`t enter with a tourist visa !
    Be aware that the visa procedure will take several weeks (up to 6 months).
    Please make an appoinment at the nearest embassy or consulate. Go there immediately after receiving the admission letter or even before that.  The embassy will inform you about the details of your visa application. Usually you have to present the following at the Embassy:

       1. our letter of admission (Zulassung)
       2. our information for the Embassy
       3. a proof of your financial means (700 Euro/month at the least). Be prepared to show a bank statement covering the full expenses of the first year
       4. in addition to the above the respective embassy may require you to submit additional material - check with your nearest German embassy

    The excellent frequently asked questions pool at the DAAD website is a good resource (select from drop-down menu at the top of the page).

    Services and assistance
    Together with the admission letter you will receive detailed information on services we provide. We will assist you in finding housing, i.e. we will make reservations in the students' dormitories.
    Upon arrival a senior student will meet and assist you during your first hours on foreign terrain. You will soon meet your new classmates and become familiar with your new surroundings.

  • Bachelor graduates Chemical Engineering of Ulm University

    If you received your bachelor´s degree in chemical engineering from Ulm University, you need not apply for the study programme. You apply for change of degree programme in the student administration and examinations office (Studiensekretariat) as soon as you have completed your bachelor´s programme and thus comply with access conditions according to the admissions statutes (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).

Professional Prospects

  • Positions in industry

    • Research and development, production, service, sales and distribution of functional nano- and biomaterials
    • Technological areas, nanomaterials: Optoelectronics and laser technology, semiconductor technology, energy technology (fuel cells, batteries, photovoltaics), sensor technology
    • Technological areas, biomaterials: Medical engineering, pharmaceutical technology, food industry
    • Specialized applications
  • Career in Academia

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

Campus life

  • Financial Issues

    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.

  • Housing

    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 .

  • Helpful Links - Student`s life

  • Working as a student

    • 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)