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Thank you very much for your interest in the Chemistry Master Program at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

All applicants with a German (Bachelor) degree from an University or an University of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschule) apply directly and electronically via Klips 2.0  for the master program in Chemistry (you find more information here Bewerbung auf einen Masterstudienplatz Chemie:

Chairman of the Accreditation Committee of the Chemistry Master Program
Prof. Dr. Axel Griesbeck
Department of Chemistry
University of Cologne
Greinstr. 4
50939 Köln / Cologne

For all applicants with a foreign (Bachelor) degree the process of applying is described here:
In short, you need the following documents:

  • Preliminary review documentation (VPD) from uni-assist ( – ATTENTION: processing time approx. 3–4 weeks!
  • Collection of Documents (see below).

Finally, you can apply electronically via Klips 2.0  for the master program in Chemistry.

Application Deadlines

In order to process your application as early as possible, we strongly recommend that you submit all your documents already by January 5th / July 5th respectively.

  • for the summer term (Sommersemester): 15 January
  • for the winter term (Wintersemester): 15 July

Requested Documents for Application

The admission committee requires the certified copies of the following documents in order to be able to verify your application:

  • Preliminary review documentation (VPD) from uni-assist (
  • Letter of Motivation
  • School leaving certificate (or an equivalent degree of qualification for access to German universities)
  • Bachelor-degree (or an equivalent university degree). A German Bachelor degree can be handed in later.
  • Transcript of Records
  • Proof of English language skills*
  • Candidates have to prove at least 12 credit points in the following areas:
    a) Inorganic Chemistry
    b) Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry
    c) Physical and Theoretical Chemistry and in total at least 60 credit points.
  • internal application form (please fill in online, print and sign)

If you want to choose biochemistry modules as part of the Chemistry Master Program you need to prove a basic knowledge in biochemistry (theoretical as well as practical) of min. 9 CP.

*Applicants must prove sufficient English language skills. Sufficient language skills are considered to be level C1 of the Common Framework of Reference for Languages of the European Union or comparable knowledge. An orientation interview in English will be held with applicants who (only) prove level B2. For candidates, who have gained their general university entrance qualification within the area of application of the German Basic Law, this requirement  is regarded as fulfilled. No language certificates are needed for candidates, who have successfully completed a Bachelor study program or equivalent in English. The examination board decides on granting exemptions.

The following criteria are applied for the approval:

  1. If all Bachelor Modules have been successfully completed and the overall grade is 2.5 (or better) the candidate is admitted.
    If the grade is below the candidate will be refused.
    If only the grade of the Bachelor thesis is missing, the threshold grade is also 2.5.
  2. If the Bachelor thesis and one further modules are not yet completed, the following procedure is applied:
    a) Grade 2.3 or better: approval, b) Grade 2.3-2.6: interview, c) Grade below 2.6: refusal
  3. If the grade fits to the above mentioned criteria, but is not yet certain, whether the candidate achieved enough credit points in the mention areas, the candidate will be invited to an interview.
  4. If the Bachelor thesis and two (or more) modules have not yet completed, the candidate will be refused.

Decisions concerning admission for the Master program are send out at latest February, 28th and August 31th, respectively.

Handing in the Bachelor Degree Later / Admission with Qualified Acceptance

Handing in the Bachelor certificate later is in general possible for German Bachelor degrees within a time period given by the admission committee. The admission is then with qualified acceptance. In case the proof of the Bachelor degree is not given on time the admission to the master course will be retracted and the right to inscription ceases.


Should you have any queries, please address Prof. Dr. Axel Griesbeck (griesbeck(at)