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Bachelor’s Degree Programme Chemistry

Would you like to use chemistry to increase your understanding of daily life? Do you love experimenting? Chemistry can be used to explore the makeup of all the substances that surround us, from medicines to biofuels. Chemistry also controls all the processes in the human body, such as metabolism. In the bachelor's degree programme Chemistry, you can investigate the most diverse applications of chemistry and benefit from having access to two excellent universities: TU Graz and the University of Graz.

Quick Facts

  • Duration of study: 6 semesters
  • ECTS credit points: 180
  • Academic degree: Bachelor of Science (BSc)
  • Language of instruction: German

The Bachelor's Programme

In the bachelor's degree programme Chemistry, you will receive a sound basic education in the field of chemistry as well as a general introduction to fundamental scientific knowledge in physics and mathematics. This practical education also reveals the connections between these fields and other scientific disciplines, such as biology, biotechnology, medicine, chemical and process engineering and materials science.

Practical relevance plays an essential role in the degree programme. You will learn theoretical aspects of the field in lectures and apply what you have learned in practice in numerous laboratory courses. Students enjoy the great advantage of having access to teaching and research infrastructure at two universities and become familiar with the institutes and departments of chemistry in both institutions.

You have the opportunity to gain professional experience during your studies. As part of a free-choice subject (laboratory practice), you can carry out seasonal, chemistry-related work at a non-university institution (e.g. industry, research institution, public authorities). It is possible for students to get involved in research early on by working on research projects at the participating institutes of both universities. The project lab for the bachelor paper can be completed at any institute you choose.

Studying Chemistry

Focus Areas

In this degree programme, you have the opportunity to specialise in the following areas:

Foundations of Science: You will receive a basic introduction to the fields of mathematics and physics. You need this knowledge to understand, work with, interpret and describe chemical processes.

Fundamentals of Chemistry: You will learn more about basic laws of chemistry, technical terms, connections in chemical reactions and how to interpret the periodic table. You will acquire practical skills, such as the use of measuring instruments.

Analytical Chemistry: You will deepen your knowledge in the area of analytical chemistry. This includes gaining knowledge of chemical equilibria, analytical methods and the evaluation of analytical data.

Inorganic Chemistry: Among other things, you will acquire knowledge of systematic inorganic chemistry and element properties based on their position in the periodic table. You will be given both theoretical and practical knowledge about how to handle chemicals and how to carry out chemical reactions.

Organic Chemistry: The subject provides you with knowledge of systematic organic chemistry, as well as the structures, bonds and properties of organic molecules and reaction mechanisms. You will also learn laboratory techniques and how organic compounds are synthesised.

Physical Chemistry: You will learn the theoretical and practical basics of physical chemistry in the fields of thermodynamics, kinetics, quantum chemistry and related scientific fields.

Biosciences: In this subject (encompassing biochemistry and biotechnology), you will explore the close connection between chemistry and the life sciences, i.e. life processes and biotechnological applications.

Chemical Technology: You will learn theoretical and practical aspects of inorganic or organic technologies, food technology and process engineering. In addition, you will learn about recycling, industrial environmental protection and environmental technology.

Indisciplinary Subjects: In this subject (encompassing molecular analysis and spectroscopy), you will learn different methods that you can use to characterise chemical compounds and materials. The sub-fields of electrochemistry and electroanalysis as well as macromolecular chemistry round off the basic chemical training.

Study counselling: Check what you expect!

What will I have to do in the first semesters? How much practice can I expect? And what can I actually do with my degree when I've finished? Check what you expect!

A student and a lecturer will take time for all your questions and you will get to know TU Graz during on-site appointments. Up to 10 persons can participate at each date.

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I am currently doing my bachelor's degree programme in chemistry. It is special to me, because I have a voracious love of practising science and for me this degree programme is the best way to do just this. I thought it was a positive miracle that you can do two complete practical work sessions in the first year alone, setting you up immediately with all the basic knowledge you need about all the ins and outs that are so essential for practical science.

Another great winning point I noticed at once is the Faculty of Chemistry is an incredibly motivated community, which means if you ever feel the need for anything, there is an amazing crowd of friendly people who are all ready and willing to help you!

Gergö supports international prospective students as International Student Ambassador.

I study Chemistry because chemistry is like a secret language for me, by which I can understand the world better.

Chemistry in Research and Industry

Chemistry influences the structure of all the substances surrounding us. From pharmaceuticals to biofuels, chemistry is the foundation of many products that are used today.

At TU Graz, basic and applied research are conducted in the field of chemistry at an internationally recognised level. Focal areas include:

  • molecular chemistry, bioactive substances, (food) sensor technology,
  • new hybrid materials,
  • materials related to smart energy, for example, in TU Graz's own battery research centre for materials.

Chemistry also plays a highly important role in industry, for example, in the pharmaceutical, electronics, battery, chemical, semiconductor, or biotechnology industry. In addition, chemists can apply their knowledge in the areas of patenting, the environmental and material sciences, as well as in the oil industry and biorefineries.


Admission Deadlines

Winter semester 2024/25

Admission period: 8 July to 5 September 2024

Summer semester 2025

Admission period: 7 January to 5 February 2025

Information and Advice

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Perspectives for Graduates

Professional Fields

The Bachelor's Degree Programme in Chemistry provides a basic education that prepares you for a scientific career – in either research or teaching – in all areas of chemistry or technical chemistry.

Chemists work, for example, in industry or medium-sized businesses, the public administration, or science communication. Several aspects of chemistry are relevant, such as analytical and synthetic chemistry, technical chemistry, materials science, bio- and natural products chemistry, chemical and process engineering, environmental and food chemistry, or patenting.

Graduates of this programme have a firm foundation that allows them to apply for further master's degree programmes in the fields of chemistry and technical chemistry, as well as related fields such as materials science, biochemistry, natural products chemistry, chemical engineering, environmental and food chemistry.

Advanced Master’s Degree Programmes

After completing the bachelor's degree programme, you can enrol in the following master’s degree programmes without further requirements:

Information on other master's degree programmes with requirements you can find on the respective pages for the master’s degree programmes.

In addition, the bachelor's degree offers you the opportunity to apply internationally for master's degree programmes.