What complex transformations create nice smells when baking? How exactly do detergents work? And how is energy generated from waste? If you are interested in these questions, this is the programme for you!
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Image: Jan-Peter Kasper (University of Jena)
Key facts
Bachelor of Science
6 Semesters
Teaching language
Tuition fee
Semester contribution
€ 262,37
Start of studies
Winter semester
Part-time possible
Institutes of the Faculty of Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Find your application procedure

Content of the study programme

Loud bangs, strange smells and bubbling concoctions? Long lab coats, thick gloves and large safety goggles? All those things might be associated with chemistry, but there is much more to it than that! Many everyday items like touchscreens, LED lighting and heat patches would be simply impossible without this field of science. It will also play a crucial role in overcoming future challenges, such as ensuring energy supplies, protecting the environment and combatting diseases.

Chemistry is the study of the structure, behaviour and transformation of materials and their laws. The three most important sub-disciplines are organic, inorganic and physical chemistry. Students at the University of Jena also take courses in technical and analytical chemistry.

The bachelor’s programme offers you broad basic training, where you will learn about the structure and synthesis of materials and the safe handling of chemicals—including practical work in the laboratory from the very first semester onwards!


The bachelor's degree is the first professional qualification. The standard period of study is a total of six semesters, during which various forms of courses (e.g. seminars, lectures or practical courses) are offered for the individual modules.

If you take a single-subject bachelor’s programme in ‘Chemistry’, your field of study will comprise 180 credits (ECTS for short; 1 ECTS = 30 hours for attendance, preparation and follow-up work, private study, assessed coursework and examinations).

We also offer optional preparation courses in mathematics and chemistry before the lecture period to ease you into the programme.

How might your study programme shape up?

Modules — semester 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
General Chemistry / Inorganic Chemistry 15 ECTS 13 ECTS 3 ECTS 9 ECTS    
Organic Chemistry 8 ECTS 13 ECTS 10 ECTS 4 ECTS  
Physical Chemistry   7 ECTS 9 ECTS 11 ECTS 9 ECTS  
Analytical Chemistry     5 ECTS   6 ECTS 2
Technical Chemistry       8 ECTS 4 ECTS
Required elective module*         5 ECTS 5 ECTS
Physics 8 ECTS        
Mathematical Methods
for Chemists
7 ECTS        
Toxicology   2 ECTS        
Project Module           5 ECTS
Bachelor’s Thesis           12 ECTS

Short form: ECTS = credit points (European Credit Transfer System)

* The following elective modules are offered: Bioinorganic Chemistry, Bioorganic Chemistry, Chemistry of Glasses / Chemistry of Materials, Macromolecular Chemistry, Specific Analytical Chemistry, Theoretical Chemistry / Quantum Chemistry I + II, Environmental Chemistry I + II.

More detailed information can be found in the module catalogue for the study programme [in German].

Why study in Jena?

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Popp Image: Jan-Peter Kasper (University of Jena)

Jena offers students a unique environment with diverse specialization opportunities. Our institutes have established close networks with non-university research institutions—unlike at any other university in Germany—which means our programmes also deal with the latest findings.

Prof. Dr Jürgen Popp, Professor of Physical Chemistry

Behind the scenes


What can you do after your studies?

Chemielaborantin Image: Anne Günther (University of Jena)

Areas of employment
for graduates

  • industrial research: developing new products and improving existing processes
  • production: monitoring production as a manager (e.g. deadlines, costs, quality and compliance with environmental and safety regulations)
  • chemical analysis and quality control: analysing raw materials and products
  • patenting: protecting research results and monitoring the commercial use of inventions
  • marketing and sales: calculating production volumes and prices, advertising and selling new products, advising potential customers
  • authorities and administration: researching, monitoring, working in laboratories 

Postgraduate master’s
programmes at our University

Chemistry MSc
Chemistry – Energy – Environment MSc
Chemical Biology MSc
Chemistry of Materials MSc

What are the personal requirements?

  • good school knowledge of chemistry, physics and mathematics
  • an understanding of scientific concepts
  • enjoyment of laboratory work and experiments
  • an interest in chemical processes and issues

Admission requirements

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A university entrance qualification, such as a general secondary school leaving certificate, is required for admission onto the study programme.

More information on university entrance qualifications can be found here.

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The study programme is taught in German. You must therefore have a very good command of German at the start of the study programme. Proficiency in English is required.


Subject-specific academic advisory service — Dr Kristina Dubnack
Room E006
Humboldtstraße 11
07743 Jena
+49 3641 9-48010
+49 3641 9-48002
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Student Representative Committee Chemistry
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University Main Building / SSZ
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Consultations can also take place via phone.

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