The bachelor's degree in Chemistry provides knowledge of the transformations that take place in any chemical process, both material and in the natural world or in living beings. It also provides training in laboratory techniques aimed at monitoring processes and compound preparation, characterization and analysis.
The bachelor's degree in Chemistry provides theoretical and experimental training in what matter is and on how it can be analysed and transformed, from both a scientific perspective and in terms of industrial applications. Chemistry is one of the branches of science that most contributes to the welfare of developed societies. Indeed, in the contemporary world it is difficult to find a technological, industrial or scientific area that does not require chemistry either directly or indirectly. The bachelor's degree in Chemistry is designed to train competent, qualified professionals, capable of fulfilling professional roles in both their industry and in education. It also serves as a starting point to access more specialized postgraduate studies, focussed on research, development, and innovation. According to various national and international rankings, the Faculty of Chemistry at the University of Barcelona is the best place in Spain to pursue this bachelor's degree, being rated among the top 100 worldwide.

Basic information

TypeBachelor's degrees
Faculty or schoolFaculty of Chemistry
Branch of knowledge
  • Sciences
  • Engineering
Mode of delivery


Number of places available

180 (excluding double degree)

Length of course4 academic years
Language(s) of instructionCatalan 72,4%, Spanish 27%, English 0,5%
Admission grade

10.074  (July 2023, start of process, via official entrance examinations/vocational training)


Approximate price per credit18,46 €
Compulsory placementsNo
Course detailsIndicators

Objectives and competences


The Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry addresses the following general objectives:

  • To instil and consolidate interest in learning about chemistry.
  • To provide a broad and solid base of chemical knowledge, and practical skills that can be applied to solving problems of chemistry.
  • To provide the tools and means to facilitate the acquisition of valuable skills in any field of science.
  • To provide fundamental knowledge and skills to enable further study, in both specialized and multidisciplinary areas.
  • To develop the capacity to assess the importance of chemistry in industrial, economic, environmental and social contexts.


Basic competences

  • Commitment to ethical practice.
  • Capacity for learning and responsibility.
  • Team work.
  • Creative and entrepreneurial skills.
  • Sustainability.
  • Communication skills.
  • Problem-solving skills.
  • Decision-making skills.
  • Organizational and planning skills.
  • Capacity for analysis and synthesis.

Specific competences

  • Capacity to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the basic aspects of chemistry.
  • Capacity to communicate, differentiate and recognize the behaviour of chemical elements and compounds and to predict their properties, structure and reactivity.
  • Capacity to handle chemicals safely and to assess the risks in using them, as well as those inherent in laboratory procedures and in the industry.
  • Capacity to perform standard laboratory procedures involved in synthesis and analytical work relating to chemical systems.
  • Capacity to recognize and analyse new problems, both qualitative and quantitative, and to propose strategies for solving them.
  • Capacity to evaluate, interpret and synthesize chemical data and information.
  • Capacity to design and implement projects in the general field of chemistry.
  • Capacity to learn and understand the theory behind the main industrial processes and the most significant materials in each case.

Access and admission

Applicant profile and access requirements

Recommended applicant profile

Candidates to the Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry should have completed a secondary school qualification (baccalaureate or equivalent) including the subject of chemistry. Ideally, to ensure better assimilation, a good level of chemistry, physics and mathematics, manual dexterity for manipulating laboratory equipment, and basic knowledge of English and computers is recommended.

Access requirements and conditions

Admission for students with studies completed outside Spain.

Applicants holding higher educational qualifications from a university outside Spain should consult the page Admission with foreign qualifications to find out about specific admission requirements.


Students that have studied abroad and who wish to study at the University of Barcelona may be admitted to EHEA bachelor's degree courses. Procedures for gaining admission will depend on the qualifications held by each applicant.

For further information about admission, consult the page Admission with foreign qualifications.


As a general rule, at the UB you will be required to enrol online via the Món UB portal. To find out the date and time you have been assigned, check the specific information for your course. Remember that you can lose your place if you do not enrol on the day you have been assigned.

Academic information


Support and guidance

Pre-enrolment information and events


Course curriculum

Subjects and course plans

Distribution of credits

Basic training 60
Compulsory 144
Optional 24
Compulsory placements 0
Compulsory final project 12

List of subjects

Subject Language Type Credits
Analytical Biochemistry and Clinical Analysis 1st semester
2nd semester
Optional 6
Analytical Chemistry in Pharmaceuticals and Bioanalysis 1st semester Optional 3
Analytical Chemistry of the Environment and Food 2nd semester Optional 3
Bioinorganics 1st semester Optional 3
Biomaterials 2nd semester Optional 3
Bioorganic Chemistry 2nd semester Optional 3
Chemometrics 1st semester
2nd semester
Optional 3
Colloidal Systems and Macromolecules 1st semester Optional 3
Computational Chemistry 1st semester Optional 3
Crystallography 1st semester Optional 3
Electrochemical Technology 1st semester Optional 3
Environmental Chemistry 1st semester
2nd semester
Optional 3
Environmental Technology 1st semester Optional 6
Gender, Science and Technology 1st semester Optional 3
Geochemistry 2nd semester Optional 3
Industrial Biochemistry and Microbiology 1st semester Optional 6
Industrial Polymers 1st semester Optional 3
Industrial Processes and Applied Catalysis 2nd semester Optional 3
Innovation and Creativity in Organizations 2nd semester Optional 3
Inorganic Materials 1st semester
2nd semester
Optional 3
Institutional or Company Placement 1st semester
2nd semester
Practices 12
Institutional or Company Placement 1st semester
2nd semester
Practices 6
Institutional or Company Placement 1st semester
2nd semester
Practices 9
Introduction to Nanotechnology 2nd semester Optional 3
Materials and Environment 1st semester Optional 3
Molecular Recognition and Interaction 2nd semester Optional 6
Organic Synthesis 1st semester
2nd semester
Optional 6
Organometallics 1st semester
2nd semester
Optional 3
Process Engineering and Product Engineering 2nd semester Optional 6
Professional Environment 2nd semester Optional 3
Separation Techniques 1st semester
2nd semester
Optional 6
Spectroscopic and Structural Organic Chemistry 1st semester
2nd semester
Optional 6
Supramolecular Chemistry 2nd semester Optional 3
Surfaces and Catalysis 2nd semester Optional 3
Techniques for Communication, Dissemination and Education 1st semester Optional 6

Pathways and specializations

Check the planning of the different pathways of the degree

Previous years


Placements are supervised by tutors and subject to assessment.They are therefore included in the academic record.  There is also an option to complete non-curricular placements of up to 500 hours, which can be extended to 900 hours. For both curricular and non-curricular placements, an educational cooperation agreement is signed between the UB and the company, institution or other organization at which the placement will be carried out.

Institutional information

Career opportunities

What can you work on ?

Graduates of the Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry can fulfil professional roles in a wide range of areas:

  • Companies and research laboratories whose work involves the synthesis of new compounds or the development of new processes.
  • Laboratories which undertake the analysis of any type of substance (including clinical analysis).
  • Companies engaged in the design and engineering of chemical processes, in arbitration and appraisal, or in the monitoring and development of standards and specifications for both processes and products.
  • Education, having supplemented these studies with a professional master's degree in Secondary Education.

Access to the labour market

Data from the university system in Catalonia

Contact us

Faculty of Chemistry

Martí i Franquès, 1 - 08028 Barcelona

Secretary: 934 021 200

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