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Master of Science in Business Chemistry


The consecutive Master's programme in Business Chemistry at the HHU builds on a previous successful Bachelor's programme in Business Chemistry and is aimed at students with a scientific interest. Building on a basic knowledge of economics and chemistry, the master's degree programme in Business Chemistry leads to a second professional qualification in 3 semesters. In compulsory and elective modules, students are enabled to work on questions in a scientifically appropriate manner and to critically evaluate results at a high level of scientific knowledge. The skills acquired in this way enable students to do a doctorate in the field of chemistry or in the field of business administration. However, they also open up interesting occupational fields at the interface between chemistry and business in the chemical-related industries.

 


Most important information about the Master of Sciene in Business Chemistry

  • Degree: Master of Science (M.Sc.)
  • Standard period of study: 3 semesters (= 1.5 years)
  • ECTS credits: 90 (of which 30 ECTS in the field of chemistry, 40 ECTS in the field of economics and 20 ECTS freely selectable in the field of the Master thesis)
  • Size of the programme: approx. 30 students per semester; there are no capacity restrictions
  • Course language: All courses are offered in German, but individual modules can also be taken in English on request. A good understanding of the English language is helpful for certain specialist literature, but is not a prerequisite for study.
  • Start: Summer or winter semester
  • Supervising faculty: Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and Faculty of Business Administration and Economics
  • Semester fee: 309.78€ (as of summer semester 2020)

Building on a basic knowledge of economics and chemistry, the master programme in Business Chemistry leads to a second professional qualification in 3 semesters. Students are enabled to work on questions in a scientifically appropriate manner and to critically evaluate results at a high scientific level.

In addition to the basic modules with advanced aspects of the core subjects inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, business administration and economics, a significant number of specialized elective modules make the course of study largely project-oriented and research-related, always keeping in mind the relation to professional practice. 

The training is closely related to the current orientation of chemical and economic research at the HHU. The Master programme is not designed to provide training in just one special field, but rather to enable graduates to familiarize themselves quickly and efficiently with each special field on the basis of a solid foundation.

  • Module Catalogue: The module catalogue provides an overview of the courses and learning contents.
  • Examination regulations: You will find the most recent versions in the Official Notices of the HHU:
  • Internships: As part of the chemical education, several chemical internships are completed in the laboratory. The Master programme does not include compulsory internships in companies, but it is highly recommended to use the lecture-free time for this. This allows students to gain their first professional experience and gives them a clearer picture of the area in which they would like to work in the future.
  • Studying abroad: Master and Bachelor students of Business Chemistry have the possibility to realize a stay abroad via the Erasmus programme of the HHU Duesseldorf. Further information can be found here. In the Master programme, students have the opportunity to replace up to three elective modules of the type MW-WiWi with modules of the type MW-EXT, i.e. study credits earned at the foreign university. Further details are given in the module description of MB-EXT of the module handbook.

The M.Sc. in Business Chemistry has no capacity limitations. When applying for admission to the M.Sc. program in Business Chemistry, however, potential applicants must have their suitability for the program determined. For this purpose, an application for aptitude assessment must be submitted to the selection committee. The application deadline for the assessment of aptitude for the winter semester 2020/21 ends on October 04, 2020.

The most recent version of the Aptitude Test Regulations published here is binding for the aptitude test. The applicant will be informed of the result of the decision on the awarding of aptitude and admission to the study program after the end of the procedure. 

After the aptitude assessment has been made, the assessment notice for enrollment in the program must be submitted to the Student Service Center. Students who have already completed their Bachelor's degree at the HHU do not need to re-enroll, an application for a change of course is sufficient.

Graduates of the study course Business Chemistry combine both business and chemical expertise and are therefore well suited to work in companies in interface positions. In addition to the key qualifications and skills possessed by "pure" business economists and "pure" chemists, they develop the competence of transfer thinking, coordination and the ability to look beyond their own field of expertise. Graduates of the study course Business Chemistry are thus in great demand both in the business management field and in the chemical environment.

The skills acquired in the Master's degree qualify students to pursue a doctorate in the field of chemistry or in the field of economics. They also open up interesting career fields at the interface between chemistry and business in the chemical-related industries.

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