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Molecular science is a comparatively recent field of research encompassing biochemistry, molecular chemistry, medicine and pharmacy. The most cutting-edge scientific and technological developments are all integrated into the degree programme, preparing graduates for a career in up-and-coming fields such as life sciences, biotechnology and nanotechnology.

Educational organisation

The programme comprises lectures, seminars, exercises, and lab courses.
Students must pre-select one of the two main modules, Molecular Nanoscience or Drug Discovery. They must also choose a mandatory elective module (Molecule Synthesis, Theory, Physical Chemistry, Molecular Biology, Medicinal Chemistry or Chemistry of Life) and an elective module in accordance with the programme guidelines.

Forms of assessment

Written and oral exams in accordance with the guidelines, Master's thesis
The programme comprises 120 ECTS.

Course objectives

The Master's programme is intended to prepare students for a successful professional career in the chemical or pharmaceutical industry or in academia. In general, most MSc graduates enter a PhD programme.

Language requirements

The required English level is "vantage or upper intermediate" (B2) according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, or an equivalent score in an internationally recognised test, e.g. IELTS 5.5, TOEFL PBT 552.

Academic requirements

Prerequisite for admission to the Master's level programme is a superior, successfully completed and appropriate study course. Qualification for admission to the Master's level programme will be proven with a certificate of a Bachelor's degree in a corresponding study course at a German or a foreign university.

Enrolment fees

The contribution to student services currently amounts to 42 EUR per semester. An additional charge of 65 EUR per semester covers the mandatory basic "semester ticket", a transit pass that provides students with unlimited access to public transport in the metropolitan region of Nuremberg from 7pm to 6am on weekdays and at all times at weekends. (For an additional optional charge, the validity of the pass can be extended to 24 hours a day, seven days a week.)

Costs of living

The cost of living can only be approximated very generally, as the needs and living conditions of every student are different.
Rent: 250-600 EUR per month
Health insurance, doctor, medicine: approximately 70 EUR per month
Food: approximately 165 EUR per month
Study materials: approximately 30 EUR per month (depending on the subject)
Transport: minimum 65 EUR per semester
Student services: 42 EUR per semester
For more information, see:
General information on the average cost of living in Germany is available online:

Funding opportunities within the university

The Central Office for International Affairs offers scholarships from Bavarian state funding to allow highly qualified international students in Master's, "Diplom", and State Exam degree courses to complete their degrees.

Arrival support

Welcome and information session at the beginning of the semester
Students are supported by the departmental staff.

Services and support for international students

The Student Advice and Career Service (IBZ) will provide you with detailed information on all important topics relating to your studies (study courses, subject combinations, application requirements, support with organising your study programme and complying with all assessment/examination requirements) and on settling in at the beginning of the semester (coping with particular difficulties, changing subjects or suspending studies). For more information, see
The Career Service of FAU will provide you with information on career opportunities and the specifics of an application procedure in Germany. For information, see:
The Student Service Centres (SSC) and student advisers in the faculties will provide you with further advice on your particular course of study. Programme coordinators organise subject-related orientation events and guide you through the entire study period.
The Central Office for International Affairs (RIA) will provide you with detailed information on accommodation, visa issues, and scholarship possibilities. In cooperation with the IBZ, it also organises information events and general orientation courses for first-semester-students.
The Alumni network provides students with many topics and events for professional advancement. See:


Erlangen and Nuremberg are attractive cities with a historic flair and modern infrastructure. Therefore, the housing market is quite tight. FAU will do its best to assist new students in finding accommodation.
Student halls in Erlangen and Nuremberg can only provide accommodation for a small number of students. Another option is the private housing market. If you extend your search to neighbouring towns, such as Fürth and Forchheim, your choice of accommodation is much larger and rents are lower, while the well-developed local public transport system ensures that you're never far away from the university. In addition, there is the option to sublet a room, or you can share a flat with other students. This option not only saves you money but also helps you settle in quickly and make friends in your new home. You can find information to help with your housing search on specialised websites and the university's notice boards.
Detailed information on finding accommodation is available at
If you need further assistance, you can also turn to the Accommodation Service of the Central Office for International Affairs (RIA). E-mail:
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