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Chemistry at the University of Göttingen

Committed to tradition and innovation

The University of Göttingen stands for high-impact research and is associated with over 40 Nobel Prize winners. Eight of them are Chemistry Nobel Prize recipients, starting with Otto Wallach in 1910 and most recently, Professor Stefan Hell in 2014. Innovation is still their mission at the Faculty of Chemistry in Göttingen. They look forward to welcoming you and your ideas!



Research-oriented master’s and PhD programmes

Their master's programme is taught both in English and German, so you can choose your preferred language. You will get the chance to deepen your knowledge, either in chemistry in a broad sense, or by choosing a specific research interest, such as sustainable chemistry, biomolecular chemistry and others. You will benefit from a variety of lectures from neighbouring faculties, such as physics, biology or informatics. Finally yet importantly, get involved in running cutting-edge research projects within practical courses, as well as during your master’s thesis within their research groups.

Should you wish to continue your studies, you will have the opportunity to carry on with your PhD studies in one of their research groups. Internationally renowned professors and creative junior group leaders are happy to supervise you. Benefit from their high-end instrumental infrastructure and expertise in all relevant analytical methods.


Research foci

Heal illness, stop climate change and save the world! Challenges for superheroes? In a way — but thousands of little superheroes are needed to solve all those problems. Become one and use chemistry to make the world a little better. The faculty's research focusses on three main areas of scientific advancement:

•  Functional Biomolecular Chemistry
•  Sustainable Chemistry
•  Analysis methods for molecular interaction



Göttingen — a wonderful city to live in

The city offers you not only its charming medieval city centre, but a wide range of cultural and sporting activities as well. Göttingen as a typical German university town welcomes you with a youthful and international flair. Lively cafés and bars love to host you day and night. If you prefer nature, take a walk in the Old Botanical Garden or enjoy the forests and lakes around the city.



Save money — no tuition fees

There are no tuition fees at Göttingen University. There is an administrative fee of about €400 each semester, which also entitles you to reduced rates at the University canteens, free travel on all local transport and even regional rail (transit as far as Hannover, Hamburg, Bremen and the North Sea coast).

Become part of the faculty family

From your first days of study, you will always be supported by the faculty's advisors at the Dean's office and receive the support of the student body. A friendly atmosphere with different social events like faculty volleyball competitions, barbecues and Christmas events make certain that you never feel alone. As chemistry is a collaborative subject of study, you can easily make new friends from the international student body.



Application deadlines

Master's programme:

15th July – start in the winter semester (classes from mid-October to end January)
15th January – start in the summer semester (classes from mid-April to mid-July)
Application procedure master's programme

PhD programmes:

The PhD programme does not have fixed application deadlines. Please contact a supervisor of your choice directly to discuss a supervisory agreement. He or she will guide you on the next steps.
Application procedure PhD programme


Nele Milsch (student advisor, Dean´s office)
Email: dekanat@chemie.uni-goettingen.de
Phone: +49 551 39-21810
Göttingen Chemistry on the web