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The iMOS program offers you the unique chance to acquire and apply skills in theoretical chemistry, spectroscopy, and molecular simulation within the fields of molecular chemistry, biochemistry, and physics. We welcome students who have a passion for science and wish to work in an international environment.

iMOS is offered by the Fakultät für Chemie und Biochemie at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, and is talored for international scientific exchange. The program is also affiliated with the science of Ruhr Explores Solvation (RESOLV) German Cluster of Excellence and fulfills the preparatory year for doctoral students.



Online Application System is now closed for the MSci degree program. We encourage highly qualified students to apply to iGSS Track II:

The iGSS doctoral program handles PhD applications for perspective bachelor degree holders. See their 'Jobs & Training' page for the Track II procedure, more below.

IMOS Flyer at RUB

Graduate Study in Germany

 In Germany, Fast-Track PhD programs, also known as 1+3, or Track II, doctorate programs are offered for qualified Bachelor degree holders to enrol directly as a doctorate student, rather than a master's student. Typically, students complete a year of preparatory coursework while assigned to a docoral supervisor and begin the doctoral thesis research in their second year. The guidelines vary depending on which department affiliation best fits the student and doctoral supervisor.

The first year of iMOS coursework is one of the options to fulfil the preparatory studies when enrolled in this  "Fast-Track" PhD program. Exceptionally qualified applicants with a Bachelor's degree may enroll in the Graduate School of Chemistry and Biochemistry (GSCB) without a Master of Science prerequisite for the doctorate program. Please see the GSCB website for specific guidelines and for applying to that program. 

Winter Semester 2020/21

A Fast-Track PhD program in solvation science is available within the RESOLV Cluster of Excellence's integrated Graduate School Solvation Science (iGSS). The Track II Training Schedule consists of 1+3 years of study for highly qualified bachelor degree holders. Apply to iGSS and choose a suitable preparatory course program, i.e. iMOS, and start your doctoral research after only one year of lectures.

Note that at this time, a Master of Science would NOT be awarded with this 1+3 year iMOS - iGSS Track II.

Who should apply?

Bachelor students in

Chemistry Physics Mathematics Biochemistry related Engineering fields


What skills should you have?

This is a highly competitive program relying on skills in quantum mechanics, mathematics, physics, and chemistry. Basic conceptual knowledge of classical mechanics and thermodynamics / statistical mechanics is mandatory. Detailed applicant requirements can be found under the Admissions tab.

Ruhr University Bochum offers:

iMOS Study:

  • Earn high-level skills in cutting-edge theoretical and spectroscopic techniques
  • Study within an active, interdisciplinary research environment
  • 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

Hands-on Research:

  • Flyer for those new to the Ruhr Region
  • Flyer for those at RUB

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 developed in the iMOS Master's Program. See the Job Perspectives tab for more information.