Sustainable Chemistry and Benign by Design: Certificate course

Continuing education in Sustainable Chemistry at Master's level

Do you want to design and redesign chemicals with sustainability in mind? Based on findings from environmental chemistry and toxicology, you will explore the (re)design of chemicals in the two-semester certificate programme Sustainable Chemistry & Benign by Design. The focus is on the potential and applicability of Benign by Design. In addition, you will address existing gaps in experimental and in-silico data required for a broad application of the approach. Upon successful completion of the certificate, you will have in-depth knowledge of molecular (re)design of chemicals with reduced ecological and toxicological impacts. The online-based certificate is complemented by an on-campus laboratory phase.

Next dates: December 10th, 2024: Application deadline // March 2025: Next study start

At a glance

Degree: Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS)
Credit Points: 20
Length of study: 2 semesters
Language: English
Start date: in March
Application deadline: December 10th
Costs: 4.400 EUR plus the current term contribuation of 210 EUR
Programme Director: Prof. Dr. Klaus Kümmerer

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Continuing Education Sustainable Chemistry & Benign by Design: Contents

Your advanced training in Sustainable Chemistry comprises a total of 4 modules from the Master Sustainable Chemistry:

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Toxicology and Ecotoxicology
  • Modelling of Chemical Properties and Fate
  • Benign by Design

Further information on the course content

English certificate course Sustainable Chemistry and Benign by Design ©Patrizia Jäger
Certificate course Sustainable Chemistry & Benign by Design

Certificate Sustainable Chemistry & Benign by Design: Online Learning

Online study with attendance week

Your continuing education in the Sustainable Chemistry and Benign by Design certificate takes place predominantly online during the 2 semesters of study. This format allows you the greatest possible flexibility in your continuing education. In addition, you will complete an attendance block week in Lüneburg during the course of your certificate studies, which offers you laboratory work as well as the opportunity for interdisciplinary exchange and networking. Throughout the course of your studies, our learning platform is available to you online around the clock.

The degree for your certificate programme

You can choose whether you want to take exams as part of the Sustainable Chemistry and Benign by Design certificate programme and thus acquire a university certificate and proof of credit points at the end. You can also take the certificate without taking exams and receive a certificate of attendance at the end.

Good reasons for the certificate programme

  • Extensive interdisciplinary expertise for sustainable development
  • extra-occupational further education at Master's level
  • intensive laboratory week with diverse networking opportunities
  • only two semesters in duration
  • Personal counselling and support

Offers for prospective students

If you are interested in the Sustainable Chemistry and Benign by Design certificate but still have questions, please feel free to arrange a personal counselling interview or take advantage of one of our other information and counselling services:

Application: Your path to the certificate Sustainable Chemistry and Benign by Design

The Sustainable Chemistry and Benign by Design certificate programme starts in the summer semester of each year in March. Applications are possible until 10 December of each year.

You must meet the following entry requirements for admission to the certificate programme:

  • a completed bachelor's degree in chemistry or an at least equivalent degree in a related subject area, provided this imparts knowledge in general, organic, physical and inorganic chemistry
  • one year of relevant work experience
  • advanced knowledge of English
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