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Food Chemistry

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

The bachelor's program in Food Chemistry is devoted to the development of strategies that meet the increasing need for healthy food and food security. The program also combines knowledge of the natural sciences with the life sciences.

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?

 bachelor's program in Food Chemistry provides a sound vocational education and training in the fundamentals of inorganic and organic chemistry, biochemistry, and analytical chemistry. This is rounded out by discipline-specific specialization in food chemistry and microbiology.

The aim is to develop sustainable strategies that meet society’s increasing need for healthy food and food security. The program is therefore structured in an interdisciplinary manner and, in addition to the core areas of the natural sciences, also deals with content from the life sciences. 

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

How is the program structured?

  •  The first two semesters convey fundamental knowledge of the natural sciences.
  • From the third semester onwards, the program concentrates on specialist knowledge of food chemistry and associated methodologies. These are complemented by elective modules.
  • The program concludes with the bachelor’s thesis.

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 further expertise and skills will I acquire?

As a graduate, you possess sound knowledge of the natural sciences. You can use the techniques of analytical chemistry, biochemistry, and microbiology to examine the food and commodities that are required on a daily basis. In addition, you are able to analyze and evaluate changes in food ingredients that take place during preparation, processing, and storage. 

Which professional opportunities can I take up with this qualification?

Should you decide to embark on a professional career after the successful completion of your bachelor's degree, opportunities arise in food control, commercial laboratories, and the food industry. The cosmetics industry, as well as private and state research Institutes, offer further possible fields of employment. 

Binding Regulations for Progression of Studies, Examinations and Application

Application and Admission

How do I apply?

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

During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents.

If you receive an offer of admission, you will additionally have to submit individual documents as notarized hardcopies by post to be enrolled.

Generally, 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 during the online application?

Which documents do I need to submit for enrollment?

We may require additional documents depending on the type of educational background you earned and your country of origin. After accepting an offer of admission in TUMonline, you will receive a list of documents you must submit to TUM in hardcopy for enrollment.

What application deadlines do I need to meet?

Application period for the winter semester: 15.05. – 15.07.

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

During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents. Please be aware that we can only process your application if you upload all required documents within the application period.

We will review your application as soon as it is complete. 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.

After receiving admission, you will see in TUMonline which documents you have to submit for enrollment, and in which form. Please note that you always have to send the signed application for enrollment and all notarized hardcopies by post.

We recommend that you submit the documents for enrollment as soon as possible after receiving admission. If individual documents are not available by then, you can submit them up to 5 weeks after the start of the lecture period. You will, however, only be enrolled once we have received all documents.

You can check the status of your application at any time in your TUMonline account.

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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