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Chemistry (BSc)

What is the degree programme about?

In chemistry things might go bang or smell bad, but if you have had the right training this should only happen when you want it to. If you are interested in experimenting in the laboratory, working on issues in chemistry, and producing and analysing materials, and if mathematics and physics are not a problem for you, the Chemistry degree programme at FAU could be the right choice for you.

You will learn the essential theory and methodological skills in all of the sub-disciplines of chemistry. These include disciplines that only play a minor role in school, such as physical chemistry (describing the characteristics of materials in relation to laws and concepts of physics; spectroscopy and other important investigation methods) and theoretical chemistry (developing models and methods in order to understand chemistry better).

Chemistry is one of the main natural sciences and plays a key role in both research and industry. A great deal of advancement and innovation is based on discoveries made in chemistry on a molecular level. New materials and ingredients that improve our everyday lives and quality of living are developed in chemical laboratories – such as the ingredients for new cancer medication or new materials for more powerful solar cells. Chemistry helps shape the future.

What can I do with this degree?

For many important issues concerning the future – such as energy, food, health, mobility, conservation and communication – an understanding of chemistry is highly important. There are a wide range of exciting tasks waiting for future chemists. Industry, research institutes, universities and the public sector are just a few of the places where you will find interesting career opportunities. Responsibilities may include:

  • research and development
  • analytics, production and optimisation
  • documentation
  • patenting
  • consultancy

Good knowledge of chemistry is in high demand in many areas.

What qualities and skills do I need?
  • a lot of curiosity an interest in scientific questions and a passion for research
  • an interest in practical laboratory work
  • the ability to work independently, as well as perseverance and motivation
Good reasons for choosing to study at FAU
  • an efficient, modular degree programme with intensive, personal support
  • an excellent education provided by internationally renowned researchers
  • modern laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment
Potential challenges
  • Mathematics and physics are essential. These two subjects are a key part of the degree programme in the first year and later on you will still have to deal with equations.
  • You need to be determined and patient, even when things don't work the first time. Preparing for lectures and doing follow-up work can also be hard work sometimes.
  • During the semester breaks there are no lectures but there are still examinations during this time. The semester breaks are also usually when you complete work placements.
Degree programme start date and application deadlines

Der Studiengang Chemie ist aktuell zulassungsfrei (NC-frei) und kann nur zum Wintersemester begonnen werden. Die Beantragung der Immatrikulation erfolgt normalerweise zwischen Anfang Juni und Ende September online über

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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: (50-99 Students)
Early entrance programme: yes
Part-time study: no
Faculty: Faculty of Natural Sciences