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International Course

The curriculum includes, as an integral part, the participation in a research project of 2-3 months duration. This internship is carried out at one of the world‘s top institutions in the field of molecular sciences and simulation.

This special feature is a part of our leadership training program for future leaders in science and industry. The next generation will undoubtedly need those that have learned to work effectively and successfully in international, multicultural, and interdisciplinary teams.

This international experience at a very early stage is a mandatory part of the iMOS program. It will be organized by the university.

Below you will find a list of partner universities and research groups that are involved in our program.


Research Topics

Our students have investigated a wide range of (bio)chemical systems ranging from the "assignment of tunneling motions in small water clusters" at UC Berkeley to "single-point analysis on selected frames of a CPMD trajectory file and developing Ab-initio based potentials for ions using dipoles and force fitting procedures" at ENS Paris.

Recently at the Aarhus University Department of Chemistry, our student explains her ongoing project: "The plan was to acquire sum frequency generation (SFG) measurements of protein at air/ water interface. SFG is a surface-specific method and we can get characteristics and dynamics of our sample at different interfaces. This project aims to study and investigate the aggregation of amyloidogenic proteins at membranes which is responsible for neurodegenerative diseases."

Another student's research project with collaborators at the Technical University Denmark (DTU) was on the "calculation of birefringence and dichroism effects induced by external and/or internal sources of magnetic field in chiral and achiral molecules using molecular and electronic structure software. This included the development of scripts and subroutines to automate the calculation of orientational averages and spectra simulation."

With a change of scenery to refresh the mind and a vibrant exchange of ideas, the research internship is an integral part of the iMOS curriculum.

List of our Partner Institutions

International Office

Prepare your stay abroad early (at least one semester in advance). You can get counselling about visa regulations, scholarships etc, at our RUB International Office.

Additional Funding Sources for the International Course

My iMOS Internship (blog)