Improving existing materials and substances and creating new.

About the programme
Quota 1 2017: All admitted   |   Quota 2 2017: -  
Language: Danish  | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: August / September


This programme is only offered in Danish.

Chemistry begins with basic natural scientific courses during the first two years. Here you will work with chemical disciplines such as inorganic and organic chemistry, physical chemistry, environmental chemistry, materials chemistry and spectroscopy. You will learn to use mathematics, statistics and physics in the analysis of chemical experiments and understanding of chemical phenomena.

Studying on the chemistry programme

The course programme at at Chemistry is based on lectures and teaching in smaller classes where you perform experiments and work with your study group. Chemistry is both a theoretical and practical degree programme. You will read theoretical literature, while projects and laboratory work will teach you to understand the reactions in chemical processes.

Freedom of choice

After the second year at chemistry you will be able to choose courses according to your interests. You can choose to go in different directions such as organic chemistry, materials chemistry, chemistry and computer modelling, environmental chemistry, physical chemistry and chemical biology. So you have plenty of options whether you are interested in new types of energy, global climate problems, pollution, personal health, new energy materials, or even if you just have a basic curiosity about natural science phenomena.

Career opportunities

With a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, you will be qualified for a Master’s degree programme within the natural sciences. For example the Master's degree programme in Chemistry, which is a advanced studies programme which builds on the Bachelor's degree programme. With a Master’s degree you can work in laboratories, in R&D or in consultancy. You can also work in fields such as research and education at universities and secondary schools.

Admission requirements

Admission area number: 22135

To be eligible for admission to this degree programme, you must fulfil the following requirements:

qualifying examination as well as the following specific admission requirements (A, B and C refers to the subject level in the Danish upper secondary school with A being the highest level possible):

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • Mathematics A
  • And one of these combinations:
    • Physics A and Chemistry B
    • Physics A and Biotechnology A
    • Physics B and Chemistry A
    • Geoscience A and Chemistry A


If there are any subjects you have not completed at the required level, you can take them as supplementary courses or as a summer supplementary course (conditional Admission).

The admission requirements must be met and documented by 5 July in the year of application unless you apply for conditional admission.

Quota 2

Like quota 1 applicants, quota 2 applicants must have passed a qualifying examination, and they must also fulfil the specific admission requirements above.

Quota 2 applicants are individually evaluated on the basis of: 

  1. a grade average calculated on the basis of the particularly relevant subjects (Quota 2 subjects), listed below
  2. other particularly relevant documented qualifications.

Read more about Aarhus University's quota 2 criteria.


Quota 2 subjects:

  • Mathematics A
  • Physics B or Geoscience A
  • Chemistry C or Biotechnology A

Admission 2019

In 2019 a new entry requirement is introduced. To apply for admission in 2019 you must have a grade point average of 7.0 in your qualifying examination and at least 7.0 grade in average in Mathematics A.

Entrance examination

Applicants who do not meet or do not expect to meet the grade requirement of minimum 7.0 in Mathematics and an average of 7.0 in the qualifying examination, may apply for admission via an entrance examination. A passed entrance examination is equated with both grade requirements.

For applicants who wish to participate in an entrance examination, the application deadline is 15 March 12.00 (midday)

Quota 2 criteria

If there are more qualified applicants, that is more applicants who pass the entrance examination, than there are study places, the following criteria will be included in the assessment of applications:

  • Score from admission test
  • Average in Mathematics
  • Average in the qualifying examination.

Programme structure

Academic regulations

In the academic regulations for the Bachelor’s degree programme in chemistry, you can read more about the content of the individual subjects, the structure of the degree programme and the demands that will be made of you as a student. You can also read about the types of exams and the exam requirements.

In the study programme diagram for the Bachelor’s degree programme in chemistry you can click on the various subjects to read the individual course descriptions.


Student life

Studying as a chemistry student

The course programme at the Bachelor's degree programme in Chemistry is a combination of lectures, theoretical exercises and laboratory work. Your theoretical exercises and laboratory work will take place together with the class you are assigned to at the beginning of your studies. At the beginning of the degree programme the exercises are already organised, while later in your studies you will have to plan the setting-up of equipment, risk assessment and carrying out of the experiments yourself. You will already complete a small project during the first autumn of your studies, where you will be assigned to a researcher and may be able to make a small contribution to a larger research project. 

Your timetable

During the first two years of the Bachelor’s degree programme in chemistry you should expect to have about 20-25 hours of scheduled lessons a week. In addition, you should expect to spend just as many hours on preparation, study group work and writing assignments.

The timetable below shows an example of scheduled lessons for a week for an undergraduate first year chemistry student. 


08:00–10:00: Inorganic Chemistry (theoretical exercises)

11:00–12:00: Inorganic Chemistry (lectures)

13:00–17:00: Inorganic Chemistry (laboratory work)


09:00–11:00: Chemistry Project (lectures)

11:00–14:00: Chemistry Project (theoretical exercises)

14:00–17:00: Calculus 2 (laboratory work)


08:00–10:00: Inorganic Chemistry (theoretical exercises)

12:00–14:00: Calculus 2 (lecture)


09:00–11:00: Chemistry Project (lectures)

12:00–13:00: Inorganic Chemistry (lectures)

13:00–15:00: Calculus 2 (theoretical exercises)

15:00–18:00: Chemistry Project (theoretical exercises)


12:00–14:00: Calculus 2 (lecture)


Tailor your studies according to your interests

At the end of the second year of the Bachelor's degree programme you will have the option to choose courses. You can direct your degree programme towards different areas such as organic chemistry, materials chemistry, chemical computer modeling, environmental chemistry or chemistry with physics and biophysics.

Research and teaching - two sides of the same coin

The chemistry degree programme is continuously inspired by the research taking place at the department. All teaching staff are also researchers and together they cover a wide range of academic fields. This ensures that you receive teaching in topics from the front line of research. 

Take part in the popular Chemistry Show

The Chemistry Show uses everyday chemicals in a surprising and spectacular way for impressive experiments. The show is packed with smoke, steam, colours and one or two explosions. The Chemistry Show is run by some of the students, who use everyday items in experiments which they present in a very entertaining and enthusiastic manner.

A Friday happy hour beer with @lkymia and UNF

@lkymia is the department's social association. It runs a Friday bar almost every Friday. As well as 4-5 big parties during the year. The Danish Youth Association of Science - UNF is the youth association for natural sciences. They organise various lectures, summer camps and company visits.

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Job functions for MA/MSc grads

The diagram shows the kinds of jobs and job functions available to graduates of the corresponding MA/MSc programme, based on the 2013/14 AU employment survey.

Continue studying on the Master’s degree programme

With a Bachelor of Engineering degree in chemical engineering, you will be qualified for a Master’s degree programme in chemistry. Depending on the supplementary subjects you have chosen during your Bachelor’s degree programme, you will be able to continue studying on the Master’s degree programme in biotechnology and chemical engineering, molecular biology or nanoscience. During the Master's degree programme you will acquire further specialisation through your choice of courses and projects, which give you competences and shape your profile when you come to apply for jobs later on.

Many job opportunities

As a chemist you can end up working in municipal, state or international organisations, where you will e.g. identify hazardous substances, find alternatives to known substances or environmental monitoring of unwanted chemicals. You can also work in the chemical industry developing new, strong construction materials and the next generation of materials for energy storage and conversion. You also have the opportunity to teach laboratory technicians or in upper secondary schools. However, a career as an upper secondary school teacher requires that you choose courses within a second upper secondary school subject such as physics, mathematics or biology during your degree programme.