Requirements / Anforderungen

Academic Requirements

The GSCB is open to young scientists with a very strong academic record in chemistry, biochemistry or related scientific discipline.

Applicants for the 3-year research course must hold a Master degree or the equivalent which includes an experimental thesis. Furthermore, candidates have to be highly motivated, should be able to work independently and not be older than 30 years of age by the time they start the research course.

To be considered for admission, the final grade of the obtained Master degree must be equivalent or better to the grade "good" (Note 2 - Gut) in the German educational system. Good command of the English language is mandatory, a basic knowledge of German is not essential but recommended. Foreign students are normally expected to learn a minimum level of German in the first two years of the research course in order to facilitate intercultural communication at the Faculty of Chemistry. The necessary courses are offered by the Graduate School.

Applicants for the 1-year preparatory training must hold a first class (distinction) Bachelor of Science degree, equivalent to the grade "very good" (< Note 1,5 - sehr gut) in the German educational system. A minimal level of German is highly recommended but not mandatory as all lectures during the preparatory year are taught in English. After successful completion of the preparatory training (60 credit points with an average grade of "very good", see study regulations for details) the student is admitted directly to the 3-year research course. If the training is not completed with top grades, the possiblity exists to enrol for an additional year to do a MSc in Chemistry or Biochemistry.

The following guidelines for selected countries indicate the typical level of requirements for applicants who wish to be considered for the international programme at the GSCB:

India: First class Master degree (70%) including a research thesis, NET/CSIR; applications from IITs and the IIS are especially welcome.

Pakistan: MSc, ideally MPhil

China: Master of Science, official certificate of the Akademische Prüfstelle ( at the German embassy in Bejing