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Chemistry

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

The bachelor's degree in Chemistry offers a well founded education in a broad range of chemical disciplines.

Department of Chemistry

Key Data

Type of Study
  • Full Time
Required Language Proficiency Language of Instruction
  • German
Main Locations
Admission Category Start of Degree Program
  • Winter Semester (October)
Standard Duration of Studies
(Number of Semesters)
  • 6 semesters fulltime
Credits Costs

Information on Degree Program

What does this program cover?

Modern tumor treatment, molecular machines, chip technology, efficient catalytic converters, new sources of energy—these are all fields of research to which chemists contribute their ideas and develop new concepts. Chemistry is the most important comprehensive scientific field which effectively combines fascinating aspects from varied areas of research. Chemistry has a long, uninterrupted tradition in Germany, where it is the most economically important science today. Chemistry is the ideal subject for young people interested in sciences who are looking for a broad-based education and who wish to specialize during their course of study without having to commit themselves to a narrow, specialized field at the outset. The chemistry department at TUM offers excellent, up-to-date teaching of the fundamentals of science. TUM is one of the few German universities that covers so many different aspects of chemistry: analytical chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology, construction chemistry, food chemistry, medicinal chemistry, radiochemistry, technical chemistry with chemical engineering, and hydro chemistry, as well as the classical disciplines of organic, inorganic, physical and theoretical chemistry. Our department’s idea of specialization following a thorough foundation course guaranties a flexible combination of subjects leading to a bachelor or master of science based on the European guidelines. Exams are an integral part of the course, and periods of study abroad are taken into account by means of the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

For a comprehensive description of the program, please refer to the degree program documentation:

How is the program structured?

Bachelor curriculum: lectures and lab courses in inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry / biochemistry, technical chemistry and physical / theoretical chemistry, as well as basic courses in scientific mathematics, experimental physics, toxicology, patent law and business administration (all mandatory).

The program ends with a Bachelor's thesis (max. 2 months).

What is the language of instruction?

Required language skills for admission:

You need sufficient German language skills if you wish to apply for this program. Evidence of your language proficiency has to be submitted before the end of the application deadline. Learn more about recognized certificates and other ways to prove your German language skills.

This evidence of your language proficiency confirms that you comply with the minimum language requirements for admission to the program. Depending on the program and your individual background, it may be necessary for you to keep working on your language skills during your studies. Be sure to take a look at the services of our Language Center.   

Language of instruction:

The language of instruction for this program is German.

Which professional opportunities can I take up with this qualification?

After graduation chemists can choose from a wide variety of professions: Industry, research institutes, universities and the civil service offer attractive possibilities. In the sectors of chemical or pharmaceutical industries, chemists usually start in research, where their work is partially determined by practical application, economic climate and market requirements. Industrial chemists improve existing products and processes or develop new ones. After several years of professional experience they often move into areas of production (on-time production taking into account quality, expenditure and material cost), product development, application (optimizing products to customer needs), processing technics (adapting new methods developed in the laboratory for use in general production, considering economic and ecological aspects), analysis, environmental protection, marketing, patenting, documentation or public relations. Further areas of employment for chemists are: the cosmetics industry, the food industry, the automotive industry, the electrical industry, the building materials industry, the metal production and metal working industry, economic consulting, the energy sector, insurance, water supply, timber processing, paper production, law offices (as patent attorneys), national offices and regional authorities (for example, the German national offices for materials testing, chemical-technical testing, hydrography, environmental protection, health and safety), factory inspectorates, customs, fire department, police departments and hospitals. A chemist with a doctorate who enjoys teaching and research might instead opt for a career in tertiary education. Many opportunities are offered at universities and research institutes.

Binding Regulations for Progression of Studies, Examinations and Application

Application and Admission

How do I apply? (start of program in winter semester 2019/20)

Admission requirements and the application procedure vary depending on the type of higher education entrance qualification you hold.

You must apply through the application portal at TUMonline. After completing the online application process, you will receive a list of documents you must submit to TUM in hard copy by the application deadline.

Applicants with an international higher education entrance qualification must have their documents reviewed in advance through uni-assist  

In detail:

Which documents do I need to submit? (start of program in winter semester 2019/20)

What application deadlines do I need to meet? (start of program in winter semester 2019/20)

Application period for winter semester 2018/19: 15.05. - 15.07.

An application for the summer semester is only possible for higher upper-division semesters. Application deadline: 15.01. 

Our online application portal TUMonline will create an application form and a checklist with the documents you have to hand in. The checklist shows which documents you need for admission and which for enrollment

You must submit the signed application form and all documents you need for admission before the application deadline

Please also submit the documents we need for your enrollmentas soon as possible. If individual documents for enrollment are not available to you yet, you can hand them in up to five weeks after the start of the lecture period. However, we recommend that you submit all required documents well before the semester begins, as you will not be enrolled until all documents have been received. 

Please check your TUMonline account regularly, to see if we have any queries to your documents or if you have to amend one or more documents.

On what basis does TUM select applicants for admission?

The Aptitude Recommendation is a mandatory part of the application process. It is a two-part procedure evaluating your ability to successfully manage the particular qualitative requirements of the bachelor’s program.

In the first stage, your overall secondary school grades, your grades in subject-specific courses, and any relevant practical experience or additional qualifications will be evaluated using a point system. Depending on the amount of points accumulated, applicants are either immediately admitted or invited to a mandatory interview.

Where can I find the online application portal?

Do I have to complete an internship?

This degree program does not encompass a compulsory internship nor is an internship a requirement for admission. However, it is recommendable, as a rule, to gain practical experience as soon as possible.

What are my options after earning this degree?

After successful completion of a bachelor’s degree program, you are able to enter a profession. The team at Alumni & Career can assist you with questions regarding professional orientation, job search and job application.

After earning their bachelor’s degree, many students go on to pursue a master’s degree. These programs allow you to deepen your disciplinary knowledge or to expand it with a new field of study. The Student Academic Advising Office can assist you in selecting an appropriate master’s program. 

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