International master`s Program with a focus on spectroscopy and simulation

Scope of the iMOS Program

The Molecular Sciences program is a research-oriented, interdisciplinary and multicultural program held in English. The program focuses on the molecular understanding of chemical and biochemical processes. Topics are from the traditional disciplines of chemistry and physics with a focus on modern laser spectroscopy and microscopy, computer simulation, and quantum chemistry. The goal of this program is to provide you "hands on" experience in both, cutting-edge science and modern techniques, at an early stage of your career. You will learn how to develop and solve scientific questions by employing suitable theoretical and experimental methods and how to work effectively in international, multicultural and interdisciplinary teams.


subject: Molecular Sciences - International Master's Program with a Focus on Spectroscopy and Simulation
duration: 2 years
degree: Master of Science
location: Bochum, Germany
language of instruction: English
tuition fee: None
social fee: ca. 300,- Euros per semester
course start: October


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Job perspectives

Statements from Industry

Eduard Schreiner (BASF - The Chemical Company):
"Proper preparation, interdisciplinary curriculum for a profound understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of modern molecular modeling, working within a network of top universities in the world and commitment are the ingredients for success in academia and industry. IMOS offers all of these ingredients by integrating the knowledge, the experience and social networks of generations of researchers."

Nikolaj Otte (Henkel):
"Molecular Simulation allows me to contribute to applied research by providing a different angle of view than the traditional chemical disciplines. At the same time it provides me with the flexibility to study a large variety of chemically distinct and complex problems, from the reactions of small molecules to enzymatic catalysis and from polymerization kinetics to the properties of materials."

Statements from Science

Alexander Witt (postdoc at Stanford University):
"Despite sharing many fundamental principles, traditionally Chemistry and Physics classes are normally taught separately. The iMOS program is unique in the way that it brings together students from different fields to learn, and fosters connections between different research areas. This quite unique program prepares students for cutting edge research which is increasing interdisciplinary and sits at the interface between traditional fields."

Benjamin Born (postdoc at Weizmann Institute of Science):
"It is exciting to see a new generation of solvation scientists emerging. The well-established combination of a task-specific lecture series and hands-on research experience in Bochum and in selected labs abroad will be beneficial to the personal and scientific development of students of the iMOS program."


iMOS offers you the unique chance to acquire and to apply in practice cutting-edge skills in theoretical and spectroscopic techniques in the fields of molecular chemistry, bio-chemistry, and physics.


  • The Master's Program takes two years
  • The teaching language is English
  • Study within a very active, interdisciplinary research environment
  • Work together with top researchers in their field
  • Gain early hands-on experience in high profile research within RESOLV
  • Spend three month international internship
  • Qualify for your funded doctoral thesis in Germany
  • Fast Track Option for outstanding students: Start your doctoral work after only one year

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Who should apply?

Bachelor students in 

  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Bio-Chemistry
  • related Engineering fields

We are looking for students who have a passion for science and want to work in an interntional environment.

What skills should you have?

This is a highly competitive program demanding your skills in quantum mechanics, mathematics, physics, and chemistry. You should have already learned:

  • Schrödinger's equation and wave functions
  • Hamilton operatorreal and complex valued vector spaces, matricesbasis set transformations, partial differentiation
  • integration over arbitrary dimensional space
  • basic statistical entities like distributions, averages, data regression, and hypothesis tests
  • basic understanding of spectroscopic techniques and their connection to atomic and molecular systems: rotational, vibrational, and electronic spectroscopy

Basic knowledge about concepts of classical mechanics and thermodynamics/statistical mechanics is mandatory.

What we offer:

  • Comprehensive student support
  • Guaranteed housing
  • Full-time student benefits
  • German and English language courses
  • Three month international internship
  • Possibility to start a paid Ph.D. study after Master
  • Active research environment with internationally renowned scientists
  • Full assistance in study and research

iMOS Scope:

  • Earn cutting-edge skills in theoretical and spectroscopic techniques
  • Gain deep insights into molecular physics, chemistry, and bio-chemistry
  • Acquire the ability to apply the tools to a wide range of interdisciplinary scientific challenges
  • Learn how to develop and solve scientific questions by employing suitable theoretical and experimental methods
  • Work in international, multicultural, and interdisciplinary teams

Insight iMOS:

  • Learn more about the iMOS Program, Solvation Science and the student life in Bochum visiting our comprehensive 
  • Insight the process of getting a visa and/or getting used to a new city from the new iMOS students of 2015:
    post 1 , post 2



Career Perspectives:

Germany is one of the world's leaders in applied optical technologies, chemistry, and pharmacy. There exist excellent opportunities for alumni with a top-level education and training in spectroscopy and microscopy, as well as simulation techniques which can be learned in the iMOS Master's Program.