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Brief description

Are you passionate about the natural sciences and are future-oriented topics important to you? In the chemistry course you can work on solutions for the future: Whether faster computers, more powerful solar cells and storage media, sustainable batteries, environmentally friendly materials for industry or new approaches for even more effective drugs - you can go to the laboratory every day knowing that something relevant is going on to do. Can you imagine changing the world as a chemist? Then you are in the right place with a chemistry degree at the University of Marburg!

By the way, you can start the Marburg Bachelor in Chemistry in the summer and winter semesters and enroll directly (no NC!). A degree usually lasts 6 semesters.

Full-time study

6 semesters

Course schedule - start in the winter semester:

1st semester:

  • Introducing the Analyt. chemistry
  • General Chemistry
  • Mathematics for Chemistry Studies. 1
  • Experimental physics for natural science. 1

2 semesters:

  • Practical introduction to the Analyt. chemistry
  • Inorgan.-Chemiches basic internship
  • Chemistry of the elements and basics of coordination chemistry
  • Mathematics for Chemistry Studies. 2
  • Experimental physics for natural science. 2

3rd semester:

  • Internship Chemical Thermodyn. and electrochem.
  • Chemical Thermodyn. and electrochemistry
  • Chemistry of the elements and basics of coordination chemistry
  • Basic principles of organic chemistry
  • Expertise
  • Data handling and analysis

4th semester:

  • Practical Quantum mechanics, spectroscopy and reaction kinetics
  • Quantum mechanics, spectroscopy and kinetics
  • Organometallic chemistry
  • Organic reaction mechanisms and organic-chemical internship

5th semester:

  • Organic-chemical advanced practice.
  • Structure and dynamics of matter
  • Synthesis and Stereochemistry
  • Chemical electives BC, CB, TC, AnC
  • Inorgan.chemical advanced practice.

6th semester:

  • Chemical electives BC, CB, TC, AnC
  • bachelor thesis
  • Non-chemical elective

You need the general higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) or a technical college entrance qualification valid in Hesse or a subject-specific university entrance qualification.
With vocational training, the master craftsman's examination or an equivalent professional qualification can be considered a prerequisite for study. International prospective students need a foreign degree that is at least equivalent to the university entrance qualification.

You should have a command of English at level B2 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages.

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The Bachelor in Chemistry enables you to study the core areas (inorganic, organic and physical chemistry) at your own pace right from the start. Questions in analytical chemistry, biochemistry, chemical biology and theoretical chemistry can also be part of your studies, here you have a wide range of options. Numerous combinations of minor subjects also give you an insight into other disciplines such as physics, biology or computer science.

As a chemist, you have the opportunity to change the world. After graduation, you have a wide range of career prospects, e.g. in research and science, in product development, in environmental technology, in large-scale chemical industry, but also in quality assurance for companies or in authorities such as state criminal police offices or environmental authorities.

Of course, you can also continue your studies. For example, the Master in Chemistry, to further expand your basic knowledge, or the Master in Biochemistry, where you can focus on synthetic microbiology or structural biology.

Source: Uni Marburg 2021

If you study chemistry in Marburg, you will study in a new department building with state-of-the-art internship rooms and laboratories on the Lahnberge campus. In the first semesters you will gain practical experience in the laboratory and have access to state-of-the-art laboratory equipment as well as large-scale equipment analysis such as NMR spectroscopy and mass spectrometry.

Source: Uni Marburg 2021

You will find very good study conditions for your chemistry studies in Marburg. Due to the direct contact with lecturers and the close cooperation with your fellow students, e.g. during the laboratory internships, the atmosphere in the department is very familiar. In order to make contacts and to find your way in everyday student life, there is an orientation week at the beginning of your studies in which you receive support in creating your timetable, get to know the classrooms and explore the city with your new fellow students.

International exchange programs and guest lectures from all over the world give the department an international flair. You yourself also have the opportunity to complete a semester abroad and spend your stay abroad at over 270 European and 70 non-European partner universities, usually exempt from tuition fees. Many stays are specifically funded through scholarship programs.

Source: Uni Marburg 2021

Understanding and research is the top priority in chemistry studies. The content of the course has a direct practical relevance and you work directly on current research questions. During your studies you will learn to work on future-oriented topics theoretically and practically during numerous laboratory internships.

For example, you can participate in research to reduce greenhouse gases, develop environmentally friendly components of batteries and modern LED technologies or learn how to handle hazardous substances such as fluorine or uranium in a controlled manner. You understand why bacteria can be multi-resistant and how new drugs are developed.

You can use the department's strong network for internships. There are e.g. contacts to the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology or to CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, but also to many local companies.

Source: Uni Marburg 2021

“Marburg has no university, Marburg is a university”, because Marburg is a typical student town: around a third of Marburg's residents are students. The young flair characterizes the historical cityscape with castle, old town and half-timbered houses. The compact location of Marburg allows you to travel short: in no time you can reach the campus on the Lahnberge, the new university library with modern workstations or one of the other 120 university buildings distributed throughout the city.

Marburg also has a lively pub and cultural scene as well as several socio-cultural centers - there is something for every taste. You can relax best on the Lahnwiesen or in the Old Botanical Garden, in general you are quickly in the countryside in and around Marburg. In addition to 130 sports offers at the Center for University Sports, you will find numerous student initiatives that you can get involved in.

Here you can find more information about campus life!

Source: Uni Marburg 2021

12 reviews from students

I felt well looked after.


The laboratories are well equipped. A lot was provided, a lot you had to buy yourself. The faculty is not the largest or most modern, as are the lecture halls and the library. In the faculty library you can find higher numbers of specialist books, but you have more choice in the Unibib.

How is your university reacting to the corona crisis? Well and really careful.

Best experience of my life


I am definitely happy to do my bachelor's degree in Marburg
The laboratory equipment is state-of-the-art, which of course makes a lot of things easier for us.
Simply put, great department!
Even the atmosphere in the department is great and getting to know new people is very easy for everyone.

How is your university reacting to the corona crisis? The university responded directly with various types of online lectures, enabling us to continue learning
During the tests, the government's hygiene regulations were explicitly observed and implemented very well.
During internships at the university, hygiene rules were also observed.

Lots of content, but bad organization and equipment


Interesting study if you weren't online. The organization leaves a lot to be desired because many lecturers and students cannot cope with digital teaching. But in the end the best was made of it and I was happy that at least the OE week was partly present. It should be noted that you also have to be able to study physics and math to study chemistry.

How is your university reacting to the corona crisis? The organization was badly handled, but the university was not properly prepared for the lockdown, since we only had partly online and partly face-to-face studies.

Studying is very stressful


The schedule usually overlaps and, now that some events are online, some professors are unaware of this. I also had to change my examination regulations in 2019 and that caused some problems. The new subjects were not offered and we would have to hear events about the last examination regulations and at the same time meet the new requirements.