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Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis

Course Description

The program

If you have successfully graduated with a B.Sc. degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry and wish to expand your knowledge of the molecular sciences, then the two-year elite M.Sc. „Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis“ (SynCat) of the Network of Excellence Bavaria at the University of Regensburg will be the perfect match. The thematically focused curriculum taught in English offers tailored training courses, intensive seminars, research lab rotations, technical English courses (to C1 level) and funded industry and abroad placements. Synthesis and catalysis play decisive roles in the development of sustainable production methods, new functional materials and pharmaceuticals, and hold the key to the solution of modern societal challenges such as energy, nutrition, and health.


SynCat offers free tuition, assistance with industrial and international research stays, a fellowship program and a student counseling and individual mentoring system. Successful graduates of SynCat are equipped with the best skills to pursue a challenging academic career or assume leadership positions in chemistry, materials, and health or energy businesses.


SYNTHESIS (SYN): the basic concepts of how to make complex molecules, functional materials, natural products, and drugs

CATALYSIS (CAT): modern aspects of catalyst preparation, characterization, and application to molecule synthesis in academic and industrial contexts

TECHNIQUES (TEC): basic lab methods and tools for the preparation and analysis of molecules

ADVANCED TECHNIQUES (A TEC): modern technologies and their applications in research and industry settings

RESEARCH EXCHANGE (RES EX): study off-campus, grow your skills abroad or in a company (funding available!)

CONCLUSION (CON): choose a specialization and train special techniques for a successful Master Thesis

MASTER THESIS (MAT): become a researcher and tackle a challenging task


Applications for the winter term are being accepted until June 30th, for the summer term until January 31st. The assessment considers excellent transcript of records and extracurricular activities and involves a chemical problem set and an interview.

Visit the Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis page on the University of Regensburg website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

B.Sc. degree in Chemistry or a closely related subject

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