Academic bachelor's studies

1 (prva)

7 (7)




20 ECTS 180 ECTS

dipl. kem. (UN)
diplomirani kemik (UN)
diplomirana kemičarka (UN)

Bachelor of Science

05 – Natural sciences, mathematics and statistics

0531 – Chemistry

1 – Natural Sciences

doc. dr. IRENA BAN, univ. dipl. inž. kem. tehnol.


Text about acceptance

The Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering is a member of the University of Maribor, which is a public university. The study programme in CHEMISTRY was accredited on 23. 10. 2008. The University of Maribor was externally evaluated by the Slovenian Quality Assurance Agency (SQAA) in 2022 (NAKVIS). SQAA is a member of ENQA and registered in EQAR.

Advancement criteria of a study programme

Students proceed into the next year if they completed their obligations from the study programme: Criteria for the year 2: all obligations from the year 1 (60 ECTS). Criteria for the year 3: all obligations from the year 2 (60 ECTS). Proceeding under extraordinary conditions: The Commission for Academic Affairs of the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering can exceptionally approve the students’ request after proceeding into the next year if they have fulfilled more than a half of their obligations, if they were unable to fulfil their obligations for justified reasons and if it can be expected that they will complete the obligations.

Criteria for completing separate parts of a study programme

The programme does not include parts that can be individually completed.

Study advancement options

Graduates who have successfully completed the first cycle University study programme Chemistry can directly continue their studies in the second cycle programmes at the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering leading to Master's degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering, or in any other second cycle programme in accordance with the specific admission requirements.

Employment possibilities

Graduates of University study programme Chemistry may be employed in various industries, such as chemical, biochemical, pharmaceutical, food and the like. They can obtain positions in management, product development, environmental protection, quality control. They can find employment in the research institutes, chemical and forensic laboratories, laboratories of clinical biochemistry, institutes, inspectorates, in the field of education etc.

Additional information

Further information about offered study programmes by the Faculty is published on the websites - UM FKKT - Študenti:

Assesment criteria

Regulations and syllabi provide for each study unit forms of evaluation and assessment. The most typical are: ongoing tests (calculation and theory), written tests, oral exam, calculation exam, theoretical exam, seminar papers, problem solving, active participation in lectures, Master thesis and defence of Master thesis. The instantaneous methods of knowledge evaluation and assessment are encouraged, enabling students to control their own ongoing study development. The exam results can be checked via Academic information subsystem (AIPS) and for certain courses via electronic support system Moodle. Course coordinators and assistants are always ready to provide students with further explanations in terms of assessment in person or via e-mail. The successfulness of the exams and the study is regularly analysed and published in Self-evaluation report of the UM FKKT that can be seen on the website:

Main study programme objectives

The basic objectives of the programme The emphasis of the Bachelor's study programme Chemistry is on developing students' abilities specific to innovative research environments: - to use scientific methods and to acquire scientific solutions; - modern approaches to solving problems from identification, abstraction, structuring and systemising the problems; - use holistic skills for problem- solving based on analytical and synthesis approaches (systematic approach and complexity control).

General competences of graduates, gained at a study programme

After graduation, a first cycle degree chemist would demonstrate the following abilities: 1. to apply the knowledge and understanding of basic facts, principles and theories in chemistry in oral and written forms 2. to use the knowledge gained for solving qualitative and quantitative tasks within chemistry and chemical engineering, 3. to recognise and complete good laboratory practice, 4. manage data within chemistry and chemical engineering 5. safe handling chemicals in relation to their physical and chemical properties. 6. to have the skills to carry out standard laboratory procedures including the uses of instruments during synthesis and analytical procedures. 7. surveillance and measurements of chemical properties and modifications, as well as systematic and reliable controlling, recording and processing of data 8. to have the ability to interpret and explain the laboratory results, 9. to have the ability to assess risks regarding the used chemicals and procedures, 10. to acquire knowledge from the appropriate literature and databases including computerised databases, 11. efficient communication, also in English, and using modern presentation tools, 12. teamwork within the interdisciplinary groups for solving problems in chemistry and chemical engineering, 13. to understand management principles and business practices 14. to understand the professional and ethical responsibilities, 15. ability for independent in-depth learning and the need for lifelong learning.

Subject specific competences of graduates, gained on a study programme

Subject-specific competencies acquired by the programme 1. knowledge of relevant fundamental sciences and their origins (particularly mathematics, chemistry, biochemistry, physics) for understanding, describing and solving phenomena within chemistry 2. knowledge of general and inorganic chemistry: understanding the basics of chemical terminology, nomenclature and use of units, knowledge of the basic types of chemical reactions and their main characteristics, knowledge of systematic elements and their compounds including the periodic table of elements, knowledge of the relationship between material properties and their atomic or molecular structures, knowledge of main synthesis pathways within inorganic chemistry, knowledge of basic structural properties of elements and their compounds, 3. fundamentals and procedures of chemical analysis and characterisations of compounds, basic methods of the structural and spectroscopic characterisations of compounds, 4. knowledge of organic chemistry: properties of the aliphatic, aromatic, heterocyclic, and organometallic compounds and knowledge of the nature and properties of the functional groups within organic molecules, understand the principles of stereochemistry and main synthesis pathways within organic chemistry, 5. knowledge of physical chemistry: characteristics of different physical states and theories that describe them, knowledge of thermodynamics’ fundamentals and their application in chemistry, knowledge of the kinetics of chemical modifications including catalysis, basics of quantum mechanics and its application in the descriptions of atomic and molecular structures, 6. knowledge of the chemistry of biological molecules and processes, 7. be able to understand the basic issues of safety, health and environment, 8. be able and have some experience in using relevant software and other advanced tools, 9. be able to implement proper planning when solving problems in chemistry using scientific methods and procedures within a given field of specialisation.

Access requirements

The enrolment into the university study programme Chemistry engineering is possible if: a) a candidate has passed the matura examination b) a candidate has passed the vocational matura examination in any secondary school programme and the examination in matura subject maths or foreign language if he or she has passed mathematics as the vocational matura examination c) a candidate has completed any secondary school programme before 1 June 1995.

Selection criteria in the event of limited enrolment

If a decision about restriction of enrolment is taken, the candidates from a) and c) will be selected according to: - General performance in matura examination 60% points - General performance in the year 3 and 4 of the secondary school 40% points Candidates from b) will be selected according to: - General performance in vocational matura examination 40% points - General performance in the year 3 and 4 of the secondary school 40% points - Performance in the subject of the matura examination 20% points

Transfer criteria between study programmes

According to the criteria for transition between study programmes, candidates can be enrolled: - Into the year 2 or 3 of the 1st degree University Study Programme Chemistry if they terminate the education in their first study programme and they proceed study within the same programme of the same degree or enrol into a new study programme of the same degree. They can transfer from the fields of chemistry, chemical technology, chemical engineering, process engineering, biochemical engineering, chemical engineering and uniform double-major teacher-training study programme, course educational chemistry + … Transitions from the higher vocational programmes are not possible. The transfer is possible under the following conditions: • if candidates fulfil conditions for the enrolment into the first year of the 1st degree university study programme Chemistry, • if they come from the study programme which provides comparable competences or learning outcomes, • if at least half of the obligations according to the European transfer credit and accumulation system (hereinafter ECTS) can be recognized from the first study programme that are related to the mandatory courses of the second study programme. Decision about transferring from one study programme into another is made by the relevant commission of the senate from the faculty where the candidate wants to continue the studies. According to the Regulations on knowledge and skill recognition in study programmes of the University of Maribor, the candidates should provide the faculty with: - application for knowledge and skill recognition at the University of Maribor, • certificate on completed study obligations (examinations) with grades and number of credits, • accredited syllabi of the completed courses, • confirmation about the payment of the procedure. When transferring from one study programme into another, completed study obligations can be recognized according to the contents, scope and complexity of knowledge in the new programme; also, new obligations are determined which a candidate should complete in order to finish the studies in a new study programme. If a decision about restriction of enrolment is taken, the candidates who apply for enrolment into higher years are selected according to the number of ECTS credits from the exams that were recognized in the study programme for which they apply.

Criteria for recognition of knowledge and skills, gained before the enrolment in the study programme

The criteria for recognition of knowledge and skills are regulated by the Rules on the recognition of knowledge and skills in study programmes of the University of Maribor. Evaluation of gained knowledge and skills should base on educational competences of the study programme.

Criteria for completing the study

The 1st degree university Study Programme of Chemical Engineering is completed if a student finishes all obligations prescribed by the study programme, collects at least 180 ECTS, prepares and defends the Bachelor thesis.