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Chemistry - Bachelor

What is Chemistry?
Is this the programme for you? | Job prospects | Job examples | Video's | Testimonials

How do you track down the genes that can cause cancer? How do you build a molecular-scale motor? How do you make flexible organic solar cells?

All in all, there’s much more to chemistry than just molecules and how they react with each other. As a chemist you will try to predict the course of such reactions and use this knowledge to create new substances and materials, or find solutions to all manner of problems.

Chemists are often at the forefront of the development of new medicines, or they may be closely involved in the search for new plastics with special properties. They regularly contribute to a more sustainable world with smart solutions for energy generation, for example using sunlight or motion.

Chemistry also plays a crucial role in the cosmetics and food industries. As you can see, it is a broad science that has parallels with physics, mathematics, astronomy and biology.This is what makes chemistry so interesting: the chemist can contribute to new knowledge and developments at the interface of all these disciplines.

Chemistry - Bachelor
Chemistry - Bachelor

Is this the programme for you?

Are you interested in the technical side of chemistry? Do you enjoy delving into the theory? Or do you dream of a career in business? Whatever your wishes, if you study Chemistry you will be able to choose from a wide range of careers.

Job prospects

A commercial function, doing research or optimize factories: when you have finished this programme many options are open to you. Graduates usually have no problem finding a job.Chemists typically find work as researchers with an R&D department in the chemical, biotechnology or pharmaceutical industries or within a university.

Job examples

  • Commercial position
  • Management function
  • Scientific researcher
  • Industrial researcher


Mark Robillard: Senior Scientist at Philips research

'When you think of Philips you think of devices, but innovation has a much broader focus nowadays. Chemistry also plays a very important role. We are currently researching ways to improve scanners in hospitals by using molecular imaging. We make use of modified biomolecules to improve the visibility of abnormalities in the human body, such as cancer cells, which will light up during a scan. This way we hope to find cancer or heart diseases at a much earlier phase. This kind of research hands us starting points for new therapies. The combination of chemical research and medical application makes my work incredibly fascinating. It is a field of work which never bores and includes a lot of challenges, and where I can apply all of the courses which I had during my studies. I also like the fact that my work includes cooperation with people from a lot of different fields.'

John van der Linden:

'After graduating, John started to work for Procter & Gamble in Brussels. After working on projects in Guangzhou, Cincinnati and again in Brussels, he has lead the management of a department of Olay & Gillette in Beijing, which develops skin care products for the Asian market.'

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