Chemistry

The power of attraction

Chemistry explores the composition, transformation and characteristics of substances and compounds. With the aid of chemical methods, knowledge is gained which is then used to better understand the substances as such and to produce new, synthetic substances. Chemistry plays an important role in the fields of energy supply, the manufacturing of new materials, mobility, health and communication. The sustainable use of resources is also of growing importance.

If you study chemistry at Kiel University, you will be able to work in many sectors. Among these are research and development in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry, or various jobs at small and medium sized companies such as the Land Office or Environmental Office at public services. Chemists’ ability to constantly analyse facts critically enables them to work also in fields such as commerce, and in society.

The Department of Chemistry cooperates with numerous universities and research institutions worldwide and is currently involved in research projects on national and international levels. Our teaching staff participate in ERASMUS/SOKRATES exchange programs and DAAD programs. Various projects are supported by the German Research Society (DFG) and third-party funding – which proves the quality of research in chemistry at Kiel University. Among them is the Collaborative Research Center (SFB) 677 “Function by Switching” (in German), where chemists work closely with physicists and researchers of material science. Furthermore, the Institute of Physical Chemistry is part of the Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean”.

Courses at the Department of Chemistry

  • Chemistry B.Sc.
  • Chemistry M.Sc.
  • Chemistry and Business Administration B.Sc.
  • Chemistry and Business Administration M.Sc.
  • Chemistry B.Sc. / B.A., becoming a teacher
  • Chemistry M.Ed., becoming a teacher


More information on individual courses can be found here.