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Chemical Engineering – CEN (BSc)

What is the degree programme about?

Chemical engineering is about manufacturing materials on a large scale. In this context, chemical engineers use their scientific and mathematical skills to develop economical, safe and environmentally friendly processes. During the degree programme particular emphasis is placed on sustainability, enabling students to develop efficient solutions for each stage of a product's life cycle, such as through new processes in chemical production, by saving energy and raw materials, or by carrying out research and development.

Chemical engineers may have the following responsibilities:

  • developing new catalytic processes in the chemical industry
  • saving energy and raw materials in chemical processes
  • designing processes on a small, large and industrial scale
  • systems engineering, construction, planning
  • preventing soil, water and air pollution
What can I do with this degree?

Chemical engineering graduates are in high demand at research centres, in the chemical industry and at public authorities. Their responsibilities may include:

  • research and development
  • selling products
  • management

Typical projects that chemical engineers currently work on include:

  • using types of biomass that are not in competition with food production as a raw material and source of energy
  • using CO2 as a material
  • developing new energy sources
What qualities and skills do I need?
  • an interest in issues related to engineering and the sciences
  • a good understanding of mathematics
  • the ability to work with focus, both independently and in a team
  • team skills and communication skills are a big asset, although you should also be able to organise your own studies and work independently
  • an interest in observing and interpreting complex chemical relationships, both in laboratory experiments and in theory on the basis of academic texts
  • sufficient knowledge of English to read and understand academic texts written in English – school-level proficiency is sufficient
Good reasons for choosing to study at FAU
  • With the Erlangen Catalysis Resource Centre (ECRC), Energie Campus Nürnberg and the Institute of Advanced Materials and Processes in Fürth, the region has many research institutes which have close links with the University and provide direct contact with industry.
  • At the Cluster of Excellence 'Engineering of Advanced Materials' (EAM) there are many outstanding researchers and professors, and students have the opportunity to assist them with their research.
  • Close links with the Chemical and Biological Engineering and Life Science Engineering degree programmes, as well as the Elite Master's degree programme Advanced Materials and Processes ensure a high level of diversity within the field of chemical engineering.
Potential challenges
  • This degree programme is not the same as purely science-based degree programmes in chemistry. In addition to acquiring basic knowledge of mathematics, chemistry and physics, you will learn about key topics in engineering, in particular process engineering.
  • Any basic knowledge that you miss out on in the first semester will be difficult to catch up on later. For this reason you must prepare for your classes carefully and make sure you do the follow-up work.
  • There are no admission restrictions for this degree programme. However, you must complete the preliminary examination (GOP) in the first few semesters. To do so you must pass four out of five examinations on selected basic subjects in order to confirm that you are suitable for the degree programme.
Degree programme start date and application deadlines

The FAU website provides an overview of the current application deadlines as well as information on the selection process and how to apply.

Start date of degree programme: Winter Term

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Degree type: Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Type of study: One subject Bachelor's degree programme
Location: Erlangen
Standard duration of study: 6 Semester
Start date of degree programme: Winter Term
Language: German
Admission: No Admissions Restrictions
Size: (25-49 Students)
Early entrance programme: no
Part-time study: no
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering