Professional Master in Sustainable Chemistry (M.Sc.)


Program Description

Chemistry - Sustainability - Sustainable Development

Launching in April 2020, the pro­fes­sio­nal Mas­ters pro­gram M.Sc. Sustainable Chemistry pro­vi­des ex­pert in­ter­di­sci­pli­na­ry trai­ning in sustainable che­mis­try. Our uni­que cur­ri­cu­lum teaches – from the mole­cu­lar le­vel to glo­bal pro­duct flows, sustaina­bi­li­ty as­sess­ment and al­ter­na­ti­ve busi­ness mo­dels for che­mi­cal pro­ducts – how to un­der­stand and ap­p­ly chemistry in the context of sustainability.

Chemistry is the key en­ab­ling sci­ence for the pro­ducts we use in our ever­y­day life. Every sec­tor of our so­cie­ty, from agri­cul­tu­re, health­ca­re, mo­bi­li­ty, en­er­gy to the di­gi­tal sec­tor has been and is being shaped by che­mi­cal in­no­va­tions. Whi­le sub­stan­ti­al­ly cont­ri­bu­ting to our health and well­being, che­mis­try plays an im­portant role in fa­c­ing to­day’s chal­len­ges of re­sour­ce de­p­le­ti­on, cli­ma­te chan­ge, and pol­lu­ti­on as well as for se­cu­ring a sustainable development of our so­cie­ties.

The in­no­va­ti­ve Mas­ters pro­gram­ M.Sc. Sustainable Che­mis­try teaches pro­fes­sio­nals with a back­ground in che­mis­try to un­der­stand the re­le­van­ce and op­por­tu­nities of che­mis­try in the con­text of sustaina­bi­li­ty. This first of its kind in­ter­di­sci­pli­na­ry pro­gram­ con­veys a broad un­der­stan­ding of sustainable che­mis­try ran­ging from the mole­cu­lar le­vel of che­mi­cal pro­ducts to glo­bal ma­te­ri­al and pro­duct flows, al­ter­na­ti­ve busi­ness mo­dels, tools for as­ses­sing sustaina­bi­li­ty, in­ter­na­tio­nal re­gu­la­ti­ons and stra­te­gies for in­itia­ting and lea­ding chan­ge towards sustaina­bi­li­ty. Ex­ten­ding much bey­ond the lens of green che­mis­try, the cur­ri­cu­lum de­li­vers uni­que­ly no­vel per­spec­tives on how che­mis­try can and must cont­ri­bu­te to sustainable de­ve­lop­ment and the Sustainable De­ve­lop­ment Goals of the Agen­da 2030.

At a Glance:

  • Degree: Mas­ter of Sci­ence (M.Sc.)
  • Credit Points: 90
  • Length of Study: 4 se­mes­ters
  • Language: Eng­lish
  • Study Places: 25
  • Start Date: March
  • Application Deadline: December 10th
  • Costs: 19.000 € to­tal plus the cur­rent term cont­ri­bu­ti­on of 200 € per term

Who is the Professional Masters Program M.Sc. Sustainable Chemistry Aimed at?

The pro­gram­ is ai­med at high­ly mo­ti­va­ted pro­fes­sio­nals with a de­gree (B.Sc. or M.Sc.) in che­mis­try, che­mi­cal, bio- and en­vi­ron­men­tal en­gi­nee­ring, phar­ma­cy, bio­che­mis­try or re­la­ted fiel­ds and at least one year of re­le­vant work ex­pe­ri­ence who wish to in­te­gra­te ex­per­ti­se in sustaina­bi­li­ty into their pro­fes­sio­nal port­fo­lio. The M.Sc. Sustainable Che­mis­try de­li­vers in­ter­di­sci­pli­na­ry trai­ning ran­ging from re­le­vant know­ledge at the mole­cu­lar le­vel of che­mi­cal pro­ducts, tech­ni­cal con­side­ra­ti­ons of re­sour­ces and re­cy­cling to stra­te­gies for shaping the role of the che­mi­cal en­t­er­pri­se in line with sustaina­bi­li­ty. As gra­dua­te of the pro­gram­, you will be uni­que­ly qua­li­fied to meet an in­cre­a­sing de­mand for pro­fes­sio­nals with com­po­si­te trai­ning in che­mis­try and sustaina­bi­li­ty in a va­rie­ty of sec­tors. Vo­ca­tio­nal fiel­ds in­clu­de, but are not li­mi­ted to, sci­ence, (in­ter­na­tio­nal) aut­ho­ri­ties, in­dus­tries, en­vi­ron­men­tal or­ga­niza­t­i­ons or sustaina­bi­li­ty con­sul­tan­cies.

Suc­cess­ful com­ple­ti­on of the Mas­ters pro­gram­ en­t­it­les to the pur­su­it of a Ph.D.

Sustainable Chemistry Masters: Course Content

Most­ly on­line-ba­sed, the pro­gram­ al­lows high fle­xi­bi­li­ty and is de­si­gned to match the sche­du­le of full-time pro­fes­sio­nals. Clus­te­red on-site ses­si­ons fea­ture lec­tu­res, prac­tical ex­er­ci­ses, and selec­ted la­bo­ra­to­ry trai­nings, and pro­vi­de op­por­tu­nities for net­wor­king.

In the pro­fes­sio­nal Mas­ter’s pro­gram­ M.Sc. Sustainable Che­mis­try at Leu­pha­na Pro­fes­sio­nal School, you will at­tend mo­du­les on the fol­lo­wing to­pics in four se­mes­ters:

F1: Concepts of Sustainable Chemistry (5 CP)

  • This mo­du­le in­tro­du­ces you to the in­ter­di­sci­pli­na­ry con­cept of sustainable che­mis­try and a ho­lis­tic per­spec­tive of che­mis­try along the life cy­cle of che­mi­cal pro­ducts. To­pics co­ve­r­ed are the in­ter­re­la­ti­on of and dif­fe­rence bet­ween sustainable and green che­mis­try, syn­the­sis and eva­lua­ti­on of its green­ness, re­sour­ces and re­cy­cling, be­nign by de­sign of che­mi­cals and pro­ducts, ser­vice and func­tion of che­mi­cals, al­ter­na­ti­ve busi­ness mo­dels, and in­ter­na­tio­nal che­mi­cals ma­nage­ment.

F2: Environmental Chemistry (5 CP)

  • In this mo­du­le you learn about sour­ces, re­ac­tions, trans­port, fate and ef­fects of che­mi­cals in air, soil and wa­ter en­vi­ron­ments and the ef­fect of an­thro­po­ge­nic ac­tivi­ties on the­se pro­ces­ses. The im­port­an­ce of ana­ly­ti­cal che­mis­try for en­vi­ron­men­tal che­mis­try is high­ligh­ted.

F3: Toxicology and Ecotoxicology (5 CP)

  • This mo­du­le pro­vi­des an in­tro­duc­tion to key prin­ci­ples of to­xi­co­lo­gy and eco­to­xi­co­lo­gy. You re­cei­ve a prac­tical over­view of to­xi­co­lo­gi­cal tests and learn the pro­ce­du­re of risk as­sess­ments and risk-ba­sed de­ci­si­on ma­king.

F4: Modelling of Chemical Properties and Fate (5 CP)

  • You learn the ba­sic prin­ci­ples of che­mo-in­for­ma­tics and how to build, va­li­da­te and ap­p­ly mo­dels for the pre­dic­tion of che­mi­cals pro­per­ties and fate. You prac­tice how to ap­p­ly the­se mo­dels for com­pu­ta­tio­nal to­xi­co­lo­gy pre­dic­tions of new com­pounds as well as the eva­lua­ti­on of exis­ting com­pounds and their en­vi­ron­men­tal ef­fects.

F5: Green Chemistry (5 CP)

  • This mo­du­le in­tro­du­ces the 12 prin­ci­ples of green che­mis­try and how to ap­p­ly them in che­mi­cal syn­the­sis. You dis­cuss when and how green che­mis­try can cont­ri­bu­te to im­pro­ved sustaina­bi­li­ty.

F6: Sustainable Chemistry and Renewable Energy (5 CP)

  • You stu­dy the ma­te­ri­als and pro­ces­ses re­qui­red for har­vest and sto­r­a­ge of re­ne­wa­ble en­er­gy and ana­ly­ze as­pects of re­sour­ce use and re­cy­cling for re­ne­wa­ble en­er­gy in­fra­struc­tu­re.

F7: Benign by Design (5 CP)

  • In the mo­du­le be­nign by de­sign, you learn the pro­ce­du­re of de-novo de­sign or re­de­sign of che­mi­cal com­pounds to bet­ter com­ply with sustaina­bi­li­ty re­qui­re­ments. A be­nign de­sign may tar­get im­pro­ved de­gra­da­bi­li­ty for de­crea­sed en­vi­ron­men­tal per­sis­tence, in­crea­sed sta­bi­li­ty for pro­ducts that are ap­p­lied in clo­sed sys­tems, or a re­duc­tion of to­xi­ci­ty, im­pro­ved re­cy­cling, and im­pro­ved pro­duct per­for­mance.

F8: Resources, Recycling and Circular Economy (5 CP)

  • This mo­du­le of­fers in­sights into the avail­a­bi­li­ty and spe­ci­fics of mi­ne­ral, bio­lo­gi­cal and fos­sil re­sour­ces. You dis­cuss the chal­len­ges of cur­rent and fu­ture use of the­se re­sour­ces, their re­cy­cling and the es­ta­blish­ment of a cir­cu­lar eco­no­my with re­spect to sustaina­bi­li­ty.

F9: Sustainability Assessment (5 CP)

  • You learn about dif­fe­rent tools for qua­li­ta­ti­ve and quan­ti­ta­ti­ve sustaina­bi­li­ty as­sess­ment and prac­tice how to ap­p­ly them in the con­text of de­ci­si­on-ma­king and po­li­cy de­ve­lop­ment.

F10: Law, International Regulations and Chemicals Management (5 CP)

  • In this mo­du­le, you are in­tro­du­ced to che­mi­cals and en­vi­ron­ment law as well as in­ter­na­tio­nal con­ven­ti­ons and stra­te­gies for in­ter­na­tio­nal che­mi­cals ma­nage­ment.

F11: Business Models and Strategies (5 CP)

  • By view­ing che­mi­cals in terms of their func­tion and ser­vice, you learn to think cri­ti­cal­ly about al­ter­na­ti­ve ways of se­cu­ring the­se func­tions, in­clu­ding as­pects of sub­sti­tu­ti­on on one hand, and al­ter­na­ti­ve eco­no­mic so­lu­ti­ons on the other hand.

F12: Project Work Chemistry, Sustainability and The Agenda 2030 (10 CP)

  • You choo­se a to­pic of your in­te­rest to in­te­gra­te your com­bi­ned know­ledge in a pro­ject work on sustainable che­mis­try and re­flect im­pli­ca­ti­ons for the Sustainable De­ve­lop­ment Goals of the Agen­da 2030 and the cur­rent de­ba­te on sustainable de­ve­lop­ment.

C1: Society and Responsibility (5 CP)

  • In this com­ple­men­ta­ry mo­du­le, you re­flect on your per­so­nal style of com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on, are trai­ned in re­s­pon­si­ble lea­dership and learn about sustaina­bi­li­ty-dri­ven chan­ge ma­nage­ment in cor­po­ra­ti­ons and or­ga­niza­t­i­ons.

Masters Thesis (20 CP)

  • In your Mas­ters the­sis, you in­ves­ti­ga­te cur­rent and fu­ture cont­ri­bu­ti­ons of che­mis­try for sustaina­bi­li­ty and sustainable de­ve­lop­ment in a to­pic of your choice. Ide­as for to­pics can stem from any mo­du­le of the pro­gram­ or may be cho­sen from your in­di­vi­du­al pro­fes­sio­nal work con­text. The­sis re­sults are pre­sen­ted and dis­cus­sed in ple­na­ry at the end of the pro­gram­. Your fi­nal gra­de is com­po­sed of gra­des for cour­se as­si­gn­ments, your the­sis, and the fi­nal pre­sen­ta­ti­on.

M.SC. Sustainable Chemistry: Application

We thank you for your in­te­rest in the ad­van­ced trai­ning Mas­ters pro­gram­ Sustainable Che­mis­try. We are de­ligh­ted that you are in­te­rested in stu­dy­ing the pro­gram­ at Leu­pha­na Uni­ver­si­ty Lüne­burg. You find all re­le­vant in­for­ma­ti­on with re­gard to ap­p­li­ca­ti­on and ad­mis­si­on on this web­site.

Admission Requirements

The pro­gram­ of stu­dy is di­rec­ted toward all uni­ver­si­ty gra­dua­tes who

  • hold a first university degree in the field of chemistry, bio- and environmental engineering, pharmacy, biochemistry or related fields (B.Sc. or M.Sc.),
  • have at least one year of qualified professional experience and
  • have sophisticated English language skills (e.g. 83 points in the online TOEFL test or comparable score from other tests)

Enrolment and Application Deadlines

  • En­rol­ment in the Sustainable Che­mis­try pro­gram­ ta­kes place once a year. Ap­p­li­ca­ti­ons for the April in­ta­ke are due on the 1st of Fe­bru­ary.

Application Materials

  • Online application
  • Language certificate as proof of the sophisticated English language skills
  • Certified copy of university degree


  • Af­ter we have re­cei­ved your ap­p­li­ca­ti­on, we will send you a writ­ten ack­now­led­ge­ment. If we should re­qui­re fur­ther do­cu­ments from you, we will con­tact you im­me­dia­te­ly. Af­ter we have ex­ami­ned your com­ple­ted ap­p­li­ca­ti­on, we will in­form you whe­ther you have been ac­cep­ted to the de­gree pro­gram­ four weeks pri­or to the se­mes­ter’s start.

Steps after Submitting Your Application

  • Af­ter you have sub­mit­ted your ap­p­li­ca­ti­on, you will hear about ad­mis­si­on af­ter the ap­p­li­ca­ti­on dead­line pas­sed. You would re­cei­ve the ne­cessa­ry do­cu­ments which you have to fill out and trans­fer the se­mes­ter fees for the first se­mes­ter (ca. 200 €). Then you would re­cei­ve your of­fi­ci­al stu­dent ID etc. With this do­cu­ments you can ap­p­ly for a Schen­gen-visa if ne­cessa­ry (many na­tio­na­li­ties do not need a visa for a stay of 2 weeks). It is not ne­cessa­ry to ap­p­ly for a stu­dent visa, be­cau­se of the dis­tan­ce-learning for­mat.
Last updated Oct 2019

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Leuphana University established Germany’s first public college. Its Graduate School merges the academic demands of masters and doctorates, and its own Professional School offers highly regarded furthe ... Read More

Leuphana University established Germany’s first public college. Its Graduate School merges the academic demands of masters and doctorates, and its own Professional School offers highly regarded further education programmes. Read less