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Specialized Master Program in Chemical and Molecular Sciences


Course Description

The molecular sciences have evolved dramatically in recent decades. It is no longer clear what “should” be called chemistry, or biology, or biochemistry, or materials science, etc., because so much cutting-edge research spans two or more of these traditional disciplines. The Specialized M.Sc. program in Chemical and Molecular Sciences (MS-CMS) is designed to address the needs of the students and faculty engaged in such multi-disciplinary research.

For you, as prospective M.Sc. students, some of the most important features of the program are:
● Open to students with a B.Sc. in science
● You do not have to do your M.Sc. research in the same discipline as your B.Sc.
● 90 ECTS program; 60 ECTS research, 30 ECTS coursework and seminars
● The program is research intensive – you will be expected to do active research in all 3 semesters of your M.Sc. studies.
● You must identify an M.Sc. advisor in advance, and this advisor must agree to accept you into his/her research group.
● The classes you take will be tailored to your individual background and research area.
● The MS-CMS program is closely affiliated with the Graduate School in Chemical and Molecular Sciences (http://www.cmszh.uzh.ch), and offers a fast track into Ph.D. studies.

Applications are expected by September 15 of the previous year for the spring semester and by February 15 of the same year for the fall semester. Single documents that are not available before the application deadline can be filed subsequently. It is recommended to start the program in the fall semester as only then you can at the same time apply for the Alfred Werner Fellowship (https://scs-foundation.ch/index.php/alfred-werner-fund/master-scholarships). See the website for necessary documents.

Visit the Specialized Master Program in Chemical and Molecular Sciences page on the University of Zurich website for more details!

Entry Requirements

For admission to the program, a University degree (bachelor or master) with above average marks must be presented. Additionally chemistry courses [16 ECTS]; biology, biochemistry, and physics [total of 16 ECTS]; general labcourses [total of 24 ECTS including at least 12 chemistry labcourses] and 6 ECTS from an advanced research project are required. If you are in doubt, whether your education is sufficient, just ask.

Course Fees

870 CHF per semester for non-Swiss students


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