LChG Memo 2017 (in German only)

Report in the journal of science "NATURE" about career prospects in food science

Food chemists are experts in the field of chemical composition, analytics and product design of foods and cosmetics. Moreover, they must understand how food constituents affect the human organism, know about industrial processing of foodstuffs, the respective juridical evaluation, and be aware of the role of microorganisms in food production and spoilage.

Basic study period

During the first four terms, the students attain the scientific basics, which are vital for subsequent specialized courses. Lectures in mathematics, physics, biology, chemistry, and biochemistry are enlarged by practical courses in physics, biology, and biochemistry. Especially the training at the chemistry labs is essential for learning safe and successful handling of chemicals and analyses. The basic study period is completed by examinations in physics, biology, and chemistry.

Main study period

During the main study period, the students concentrate on issues of food chemistry, e. g. food constituents, chemical reactions, production processes, and analytical problems with regard to natural and synthetic food constituents. In various extensive lab courses, the students practise the application of elementary analytical methods as well as modern bioanalytical and instrumental techniques. Besides, they attend lectures in nutritional physiology, food technology, food microbiology, law, biotechnology, toxicology, forensic analysis, quality management, chemistry and analytics of cosmetics, and the respective practical courses. Each term, the students can visit manufacturing plants to get an insight into food production and monitoring in the commercial practice.

Vocational preparation

Besides their expert knowledge, the students also aquire further skills important for an successful career. For example, they learn how to give lectures and presentations and how to use the computer for scientific work. Furthermore, the university language centre offers various language courses.

Duration of study

The university education is normally finished after nine terms. Afterwards, graduates can add one year of further professional training to qualify as certified food chemists ("staatlich geprüfte Lebensmittelchemiker"), who are often working in official food monitoring, and/or can do their PhD in various natural sciences (e. g. food chemistry, pharmacy, microbiology) or occupational medicine.

How to apply for the degree course "Food Chemistry"?

The degree course "Food Chemistry" is subject to local admission restrictions. You have to apply directly to our university's admission office ("Zulassungsstelle"). For all questions regarding admission formalities, please contact this office. If you do not have the German higher education entrance qualification, please follow the directions for international applicants. Please note that German language skills are indispensable.