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Chemistry (B.Sc.)

Get to know all of the many facets of Chemistry in this Bachelor's degree programme at Göttingen. The programme is research-oriented and offers an optimal grounding for a Master's degree. Whoever wants to continue with "classical" Chemistry in a Master's degree programme in Chemistry should select this research-oriented profile. Whoever wants to take a glance at the wider world can select the career-oriented Chemistry profile and combine the subject with Scientific Communication, Economics, Environmental Sciences or Computer Science. Chemistry at Göttingen - a degree programme of the highest level in the personal atmosphere of a small yet broadly positioned faculty.

Subject: Chemistry (B.Sc.)
Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
Standard period of study: 6 semesters
Start of programme: winter semester only
Language of the programme: German

Admission to the winter semester 2019/20:

  • 1st subject semester: open admission (enrolment without previous application)
  • 2nd to 6th subject semester: open admission (enrolment without previous application)
  • International applicants (non-EU): open admission (application to International Student Services)

Course description
The study programme qualifies students to become chemists in the professional areas of research and practice. The goal of the programme is to produce qualified, critical and responsible chemists who can participate in the constructive development of their field in an independent way. In order to achieve this, our students actively acquire both exüerimental practice and the theoretical foundations of the sub-disciplines of chemistry and independently transfer the principles deduced from examples to new problem areas.

Why study chemistry in Göttingen?
Chemistry at the Georg-August-University is known for its excellence in research. Its research is focused on "Functional Biomolecular Biology", "Sustainable Chemistry" and "MaterialsAnalytical Methods on Molecular Interaction". The Bachelor's programme is characterised by its breadth and depth of training: along with well-founded specialist knowledge of the subject and the related research, key qualifications are imparted within the scope of practical training. Our students have the opportunity to participate in current research projects at an early stage of the study programme and are able to take advantage of a wide range of scientific facilities ranging from the neighbouring Max Planck Institutes to the XLAB. A free optional prep course helps getting started with studying. Additional digital support is given, such as videotutorials or e-labcourses.

Programme Structure
In the orientation phase of the study programme (1st year of study), essential basics of General Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Physical Chemistry as well as of the related natural-scientific subjects Mathematics and Physics are imparted. The core phase of the programme (2nd year of study) serves to deepen basic knowledge of Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry, and as an introduction to Theoretical Chemistry and modern analytical methods. Furthermore, in the core phase of the Bachelor's programme, elements of interdisciplinary qualification (area of professionalisation) are also offered. The specialisation/professionalisation phase (3rd year of study) serves to develop the respective profiles with a range of compulsory and optional courses and also encompasses the Bachelor's thesis, which is generally written in the 6th semester. In this phase, two profiles are offered: a research-oriented profile and a practice-oriented (job-oriented) profile.

Recommended Language Skills
German on Level DSH-2 is obligatory. A good knowledge of English is recommended; corresponding English courses are accepted as optional courses.


  • research-oriented profile (for the subsequent Master's programme)
  • practice-oriented programme with a possible focus on "Chemistry and Natural-Scientific Communication", "Chemistry and Computer Science", "Chemistry and environmental studies" and "Chemistry and Economics" (for direct entry into the profession with the B.Sc. or the uptake of corresponding Master’s study programmes)

Research-oriented profile: preparation for the subsequent Master's programme (for possible professions see this programme's page); practice-oriented profile: scientific journalism, scientific publishing, public relations, chemical informatics, independent research, etc.