Study Program Information

There are incredibly many resources at TUM if you are thinking about what and if you want to study at TUM. We have listed the most important sources and contacts for our programs here. If you have additional individual questions for someone who is studying what you are interested in, we are there to help you. Just contact us at

Student Advisory Service

The student advisors are usually academic staff members of the department, who have been working for many years on one study program and its students. They assist students with study guidance, recognition of courses completed at other universities, changes of program, etc. And they have certainly heard every “stupid question” – so don’t be shy!

For all our bachelor’s degree programs, as well as all master’s degrees except food chemistry.

For the Master in Food Chemistry, the TUM School of Life Sciences is responsible.

Study Information Day

The study information day is an Open Door Day for prospective students. On this day, all departments invite prospective students to take a closer look at the research and teaching on site. Both the department and the student council have an information stand with contact persons and flyers. Our department also offers experimental lectures on this day.

More information and current dates

Lecture series “Ran an die TUM” (Get to the TUM)

In this series of lectures, which runs from October to June each year, the individual departments of TUM introduce themselves and their study programs. Under the motto “More than mixing substances in the laboratory”, the department of chemistry explains how the study courses in chemistry, food chemistry, biochemistry and chemical engineering are structured, what demands they make on students and what prospects they offer.

We, the student council, will be there with one student from each of these four fields of study and will answer your questions. It doesn’t matter whether it’s about studying in general, about the focal points of the courses of study or about our personal assessment. We are looking forward to meeting you!

Information and registration


Getting to know biochemistry as a field of study and research – this is the program of the biochemistry taster program GoBioChem, which is aimed at all 11th and 12th grade students interested in biochemistry, chemistry and biology. The weekly seminars pick you up on your high school knowledge level and take you into the wide world of biochemistry, biology, chemistry and medicine. If you are interested in a particular subject area, you can also make a suggestion. The programme is complemented by a lab internship, a workshop on molecular modelling and an excursion to a real research laboratory.

Further information, a program of the last years and (very important) the registration can be found here.

studium MINT: the orientation semester

If the choice of courses is a bit too much for you, TUM offers MINT every summer semester. MINT is the German abbreviation for what is known as “STEM” (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) in English. Here you can gain first-hand experience in maths, computer science, natural sciences, technology and all subjects in between. That’s why the MINT programme is offered jointly by the departments of Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Civil Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Environment and the Munich School of Engineering (MSE).

During the summer semester, i.e. from April to September, you will get to know the different subjects, possible career fields and research areas in five modules. In addition, you will be taught basic learning techniques such as soft skills and project work.

Further information about the MINT programme, the application procedure and deadlines can be found here.

Fit for TUM – Service fair for newcomers

This event starts a little later: You have your admission for your desired course of study in your pocket and are ready to start your studies. But the many offers – what can, should, must I do? – can be a bit overwhelming at the beginning.

That’s why TUM offers an introductory fair for its first-year students in the winter semester. There, various university institutions will introduce themselves, e.g. the Zentrale Hochschulsport München (ZHS) or the Language Center. In addition, there will be lectures on various things that are particularly important at the beginning of your studies and cause a lot of grief: How can I finance my studies? What other possibilities are there besides BAFöG? How do I find an apartment in Munich? Where can I get involved at the university? Can I plan a stay abroad and if so, when?

In addition, the trade fair offers a great opportunity to get into conversation with older students, as the student representatives are also represented with a stand. There, questions about the timetable, courses, exams, TUMonline or whatever is on your mind can be answered directly and personally.

Current information about the fair


Freshmen Days

Freshmen Days 2020

Have you just arrived in Munich? Do you still have dozens of questions running through your head? No problem, with the Freshmen Days we want to change that and provide you with enough information.

Unfortunately, the Corona pandemic has again prevented a large part of the presence programme from taking place this year but you will nevertheless have the opportunity to get to know each other personally. However, the motto is the same as during the entire Corona pandemic: stay flexible, the programme may be affected by certain changes due to the pandemic, if that is the case you will be informed here. Below you will find the latest version:

Please seek out only one library tour, the times are specifically designed so that everyone should have the opportunity to attend one of the sessions. If you are not matriculated until then but still want to register, please send an email to so that she can make sure that you are registered for your desired date. We also ask you to register for the face-to-face events, otherwise you will not be able to attend them. If you would like to join us for the evening in C2 but do not want to eat anything (at a small fee), please indicate this in the comment bar, otherwise simply select your meal preference:

Registration for Chemistry and Food Chemistry:

Registration for Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering:

We are also happy to announce that we have been able to organise another evening for you at the Campus Cneipe, which will take place on Friday 22.10. from 18:00 for all study courses. If you are/were not registered for an evening in the Campus-Cneipe during the freshman week (11.10. – 15.10.), then register now under this link for the extra C2 evening:

Please also remember that it is obligatory for you to be tested, vaccinated or recovered for all presence events. If you would like to be tested in advance, you can do so at the campus in Garching.

And here are a few pub recommendations that you can hopefully explore on your own. The majority of them are in Munich’s district Schwabing, zum Wohle!

  • Schwabinger 7
  • Cocktail House
  • Pils-Doktor
  • Hopfendolde
  • Alter Simpl

Apart from that, we hope you have fun at the events and that most of your questions will be answered, if you still have questions, just write an email to Please also note our FAQ for freshmen.

Program External Master Students

The external Master’s freshmen are also welcome to take part in the introductory events, but don’t worry, where possible you’ll stay among yourselves ;). Of course, a separate course introduction is also planned. Regarding this and the IT introduction, there has been a small change in the last few days for the Chemistry and CIW Master freshmen, please make sure to check the programme for the new dates:

Of course, the same participation rules apply for you as for the first-year Bachelor students, so please use the registration links above.



What it’s about

The somewhat cryptic abbreviation FVV stands for the unwieldy word Fachschaftsvollversammlung – so the abbreviation is probably justified. In English it would be Student Body Meeting or Student Assembly…but that would only lead to yet another abbreviation, so let’s stick with FVV. It takes place once a semester on a central date and gives the student councils the opportunity to inform all students about their tasks and current topics. For this purpose, the FVV period must be kept free of lectures, lab courses and tutorials.

The dates are communicated centrally via TUM.

At the FVV, the student council organises information stands in the foyer, opposite the Hans Fischer lecture hall, where you can talk to us. The event usually starts with a short presentation, in which topics concerning university politics are illustrated and upcoming events are highlighted. In addition, there is always something delicious to dust off at the FVV – gingerbread in winter, ice cream in summer!

But most importantly, we get the chance to talk to you. For this purpose we have conducted surveys in the past, e.g. about university life, internship costs or the equipment of the common room.

But because there’s always more that can be done, we launched FVVplus in the winter semester 2018/19. This is how we get even more information on board for you. During the winter semester, we will bring the chairs and working groups of our department from the upper floors into the foyer so that you can find out about their research areas and current theses. In the summer semesters, we bring together fellow students who have spent a semester in different countries and share their experiences with you.

We are looking forward to meeting yout at the next FVV!

Information for chairs/research groups:

If you are interested in participating and the invitation to FVVplus has not reached you, please contact us at

If you have any further questions, we will gladly help you.

Student Council

Committees of the Chemistry Department

This is a list of committees within our Department where we can actively participate in its daily affairs. Most of them are permament institions for the Department’s administration, others are convened as needed (like appointment committees for new professorships). There are elected student representatives in all of the listed committees to act in the student’s interests.

Tuition Funding

In replacement for tuition fees all Bavarian universities and colleges receive state funding grants to improve conditions for students and teaching staff. The tuition funding committee, which consists of 4 members of the faculty and 4 student representatives, decides the distribution of the funds that are allocated to the department. The focus is on offering tutorials, ensuring efficient lab courses and introducing new state-of-the-art experiments.

Our student representatives are:

  • Hannes Ehlert (biochemistry)
  • Astrid Kraus (food chemistry)
  • Joachim Ottinger (chemical engineering)
  • Miriam Jänchen (chemistry)

All students can suggest ideas or projects to be funded by these grants. For more information contact

Department Council

Chaired by the dean, the elected faculty council advises and decides on matters of fundamental importance to the faculty. Those can be the establishment of new professorships or committees, habilitations and changes to study and exam regulations. There are 2 student representatives of a total of 15 voting members who are elected every year in the context of the university elections.

Our student representatives are:

  • Patricia König
  • Tobias Unrath

Quality Management

The Quality Management Circle (QM Circle) is a body that continuously assesses and improves the quality of studies and teaching. There is a subgroup for each study program that meets regularly to discuss, among other things, the results of the annual evaluations. Subsequently, the committee should make suggestions on how the discovered deficiencies can be remedied and pass them on to the appropriate bodies for implementation.

Our student representatives are:

  • Julia Draeger (chemistry)
  • Simona Hanuliakova (chemistry)
  • Astrid Kraus (food chemistry)
  • Leon Mayr (food chemistry)
  • Maria Weyh (biochemistry)
  • Rahel Piltz (biochemistry)

Teaching Commission

The teaching commissions (one for each degree program) are bodies that prepare proposals for the new and further development of programs at our department. They usually convene when requests for changes to the degree programs arise and are to be specifically worked out. We are involved with two representatives for each degree program, so that we can also bring in student opinions on changes.

Our representatives in current commisions are:

  • Armin Römer (chemistry)
  • Jennifer Keller (chemistry)
  • Maria Weyh (biochemistry)
  • Till Gundlach (biochemistry)
  • Nora Weiner (chemical engineering)
  • Joachim Ottinger (chemical eingineering)

Appointment Committees

If the TUM wants to appoint a new professor or if the time limit of an existing professorship is to be removed, a committee meets which is responsible for the entire procedure. For each commission there is one representative who is entitled to vote and one who is not entitled to vote. Both of them emphasize particular importance to the fact that the candidates’ teaching concepts create real added value for the students.

Diversity Board

Since 2016 the Diversity Board of the Faculty of Chemistry has been taking care of all issues related to equality, work-life balance, gender & diversity. There is one student representative on the board. More about the work of the diversity board here.

Our representative is Sandra Paßreiter