Welcome to iMOS: International Master's Program Molecular Sciences – Spectroscopy and Simulation

The iMOS Master's program offers you the unique chance to acquire and apply into practice cutting-edge skills in theoretical chemistry and spectroscopy within the fields of molecular chemistry, biochemistry, and physics.


A unique opportunity in Germany! For exceptional students who want to pursue a PhD in Chemistry, a fast-track option is available whereby the RESOLV Cluster of Excellence graduate school iGSS sponsors the full 1+3 years of study: Apply to both iMOS and iGSS to start your doctoral work after only one year. Note that at this time, a Master of Science would NOT be awarded with this iGSS Track II. Please specify if you are applying to the Track II training plan.

iMOS Scope:

  • Earn high-level skills in cutting-edge theoretical and spectroscopic techniques
  • Gain deep insights into molecular physics, chemistry, and biochemistry
  • Work in international, multicultural, and interdisciplinary teams
  • Learn to develop and solve scientific questions by applying suitable theoretical and experimental methods to a wide range of interdisciplinary scientific challenges
  • Shape your career

Plan ahead:

  • The Master's Program takes two years
  • The teaching language is English
  • Study within an active, interdisciplinary research environment
  • Work together with top researchers in their field
  • Gain early hands-on experience in high profile research within the Cluster of Excellence RESOLV
  • Spend three months on an international internship
  • Qualify for your funded doctoral thesis in Germany

Apply now:

  • Online application by July 31st of each year
  • Submit your academic certificates
  • If you are not a native speaker, file your English language certificate

Get ready for your course:

Who should apply?

WhoBachelor students in

  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Biochemistry
  • related Engineering fields

We are looking for students with a passion for science and the wish to work in an interntional environment.


What skills should you have?

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

  • Schrödinger's equation and wave functions
  • Hamilton operator
  • real and complex valued vector spaces, matrices
  • basis set transformations, partial differentiation
  • integration over arbitrary dimensional space
  • basic statistical entities such as 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 conceptual knowledge of classical mechanics and thermodynamics / statistical mechanics is mandatory.

What we offer:

Practical insight into iMOS:

  • Learn more about the iMOS Program, Solvation Science and student life in Bochum by visiting our blog
  • Insight into the process of obtaining your visa and getting used to a new city as described by iMOS students of 2015: post 1, post 2

Work Perspectives:

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

Special Info

Online Application System 2019 is open.

For technical support within the application process contact us

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