Accepted degrees

Examples of accepted degrees for the profession

There are specific degree requirements for the profession. Applicants must hold a STEM degree (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) of which at least 80% of the course hours must be devoted to scientific and/or technical subjects. Please note the list below is for guidance only and is not intended to be an exhaustive list.

For more information about the profession and degree requirements, please refer to the section on registering for the EU Qualifying Exams (EQEs) on the EPO’s website.

Chemistry / Pharma

  • Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Pharmacology

Engineering & Tech

  • Engineering
  • Engineering Science
  • Electronic and Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Software Engineering
  • Physics
  • Medical Physics
  • Natural Sciences (Physical Sciences Options)
  • Computer Science
  • Materials Science
  • Bioengineering
  • Applied Maths

Life Sciences (Biotechnology)

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Genetics
  • Biotechnology
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Biological Sciences