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Study concept

The diploma program in chemistry, which is unique in Germany, comprises a particularly broad and research-oriented education. Here you get the opportunity, even more than in the bachelor's or master's degree programs, to link different subfields of chemistry with each other.

Experimental lectures are an essential part of the program. The lectures take place in comparatively small groups, practical problems are solved in teams. Online offers support your individual learning. The proportion of laboratory work in the courses is very high at around 50 percent. There is a very good supervisor-student ratio and there are no waiting periods for the basic practicals. Especially in the first semesters you will be individually supervised by professors, scientific and technical staff as well as students.

In the first four semesters you will learn the most important basics in physics and mathematics, in inorganic, organic, physical, analytical and technical chemistry, and you will acquire further general knowledge, including the technical language English. In oral exams you show the professors that you have paid attention well in the lectures, exercises and practical courses and that you can reproduce and apply your knowledge.

From the fifth semester onwards, you can decide which in-depth modules you would like to take and are thus introduced to the research work of the different institutes. In the sixth semester you will complete your student research project. In this project you deal with an interesting research topic, inform yourself about the topic, do experiments in the laboratory (or on the PC) and then present your results to other members of the institute.

The classical study of chemistry can be complemented by a wide range of electives according to your own interests, including modules on current topics such as "Energy Conversion and Storage" and "Organic Supramolecular Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry". Modules such as "Environmental and Raw Materials Chemistry", "Semiconductor Chemistry", "Silicon Chemistry" or "Chemistry of Salts, Minerals and Building Materials" are not offered at any other Saxon university.

After a preparatory project study in the ninth semester, you complete your diploma studies with the diploma exams and a six-month diploma thesis.

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Please note that the language of the program is german. At TUBAF we offer various Master's degree programmes taught in English language.


Faculty of Chemistry, Physics and Bioscience (Faculty 2)
Diploma (Dipl.-Chem.)
Standard period of study
10 Semester
Part-time possible
Start of studies
Winter semester
Summer semester
Admission requirement

Abitur (German secondary school leaving certificate) or a subject-specific higher education entrance qualification, or a recognized equivalent access authorization

Course language
Professional advice
Prof. Dr. Felix Plamper
Leipziger Str. 29, CWB-114
felix.plamper [at]
Central Student Advisory Service
Central Student Counselling Service
Prüferstr. 2, 3rd floor, room 3.405
studienberatung [at]
Student Council
Student Representatives Faculty 2
Leipziger Str. 29, 09599 Freiberg
fsr2 [at]
Job opportunities
  • in the chemical industry: e.g. in research, production development and application technology, process engineering, management, chemical analysis, environmental protection, marketing, patenting, public relations and communications
  • in companies: e.g. in the pharmaceutical, cosmetics, food and agricultural industries, in the automotive and transport sectors, in the electrical, electronics and building materials industries, as well as in companies involved in energy and raw materials extraction and recycling
  • at universities and research institutes
  • in the public sector: e.g. in federal, state and local authorities as well as trade supervisory offices and patent offices
  • as a freelance chemist

Why study Chemistry at TUBAF? 

Chemistry permeates everything. Every living being is a "chemical factory". Therefore, life is not possible without chemistry. So chemistry is much more than the general impression of chemistry („stinking and popping“). Chemistry will also contribute to a sustainable future, because chemistry is the only way to solve mankind's major problems. This will require a new generation of chemists who, for example, will break new ground in sustainable chemistry, who will rethink recycling, and who will develop efficient processes, new materials and catalysts so that we can continue to live a life worth living in the future. The necessary training is available in Freiberg. Be there!

Interests and skills you should bring along

If you're creative, interested in science, like to try new things, want to know "what holds the world together at its core," then you've come to the right place! Added bonus: After a day in the lab, you don't have to go to the gym anymore...

What Alumni say

"Small but mighty! 

If you are interested in a sustainable chemistry study program with excellently equipped internships, then TU Bergakademie Freiberg is the right place for you. When I made the decision to study in Freiberg, the high student-to-supervisor ratio was particularly important to me, which is made possible by relatively low student numbers. As a result, there is no need to wait semesters, as is the case in large universities, to participate in an internship. The reason for this is that approximately 50% of the chemistry study program consists of internships, and while large universities may have enough seats in lecture halls for everyone, they may not necessarily have enough capacity for practical training in laboratories. Furthermore, the study program is very personal, as everyone knows each other, from students to professors. 

In addition, special emphasis is placed on imparting sustainable thinking and a conscious handling of resources at various stages of the education. Combined with the integration into research from the 5th semester onwards, this enables forward-thinking and environmentally conscious actions in the field of environmentally friendly chemistry. These values were already important to Clemens Winkler in 1886 when he discovered germanium here in Freiberg. In addition to germanium, indium was also discovered here in 1863. Both elements still play a special role in teaching and research today. I have particularly fond memories of the great experimental lectures in inorganic chemistry from the basic studies." "I appreciated the modern laboratories and the excellent student-to-supervisor ratio during my studies."

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