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Chemical Engineering

How can you produce plastics on a large scale? How can you ensure clean, safe and efficient factories? Can you generate electricity with the human body?

Chemical engineers work on the production of chemicals at industrial scale. The Bachelor in Chemical Engineering at the University of Groningen will prepare you towards this profession. You will learn to deal with chemical processes on a large scale, to develop new chemical products and to design improved catalysts for the targeted reactions. At the same time you will learn to evaluate and improve the safety and sustainability of chemical processes. Along the way you will be also stimulated to develop your critical thinking skills and your problem-solving attitude.

The fascinating thing about Chemical Engineering is that you will be involved in the development of new products but you will also think about the production process and about the catalyst that is needed to promote the reaction. A Chemical Engineer is concerned with the entire development of a new product or processes, from A to Z. This means you will learn much more than just how chemical reactions work. Chemical Engineers at the University of Groningen, for example, have developed a new process for the production of biodiesels as well as new polymeric products for the oil industry and for high- tech applications.


Choose Groningen and you can't go wrong!

Groningen is the only University where you can study both Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. If you find it hard to choose between a Bachelor's degree programme in chemistry or in chemical engineering, Groningen is the place to be. The first year of both programmes is identical so you don't have to make a definite choice until your second year. It's very likely that you don't yet know which specialization to choose, so you won't have to decide until the second year.

Chemistry and Chemical Engineering in Groningen are the home of 2016 Nobel Prize winner Ben Feringa, who has won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his research on a light-driven rotary molecular motor.

Facts & Figures
Degree
BSc in Chemical Science & Engineering
Course type
Bachelor
Duration
36 months (180 ECTS)
Croho code
56960
Language of instruction
English
Start
September
Faculty
Science and Engineering
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Why study this programme in Groningen?

The Chemical Engineering programme in Groningen is unique due to the close connection with the Chemistry programme. The first year of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry is common and you can switch between the two in the entire first year.

Our research is among the finest in the world. The University's materials research institute ranks in the top-10 worldwide.

Programme
Courses
And more course units, up to 60 ECTS each year
Biochemistry
Biochemistry
Calculus
Inorganic chemistry
Organic chemistry
Physical chemistry
Process and product technology
Process and product technology
Courses
Course units of 60 ECTS each year
Linear algebra
Macro-molecular chemistry
Single-Phase Reactors
Transport phenomena 1
Courses
Bachelor's Research Project
Control engineering
Course units of 60 ECTS each year
Multi-phase reactors
Practicals
Product technology
Transport phenomena 2

Curriculum

The Groningen science and engineering programmes stand out for their academic excellence. The work pace in the first year is generally high and the courses contents demanding. The first year curriculum concentrates on laying a sound basis for our engineering and natural science disciplines. This allows our students to choose their specialization tracks already in their second Bachelor's year.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional
  • Maximum of 30 EC

Exchange: All our science and engineering programmes offer study abroad possibilities at a number of partner institutions. Our partners include top-100 universities in Europe (for example in Germany, UK, and Sweden) and in the USA, China, South-East Asia, and South America. Our exchange programmes have a typical duration of one semester and count toward your final degree.

Entry Requirements

Admissible Dutch diploma profiles

  • CM

    wiskunde B + natuurkunde + scheikunde

  • EM

    wiskunde B + natuurkunde + scheikunde

  • NG

    wiskunde B + natuurkunde

  • NT

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Een voldoende op je eindexamen Engels is aan te bevelen omdat de opleiding Engelstalig is.

other admission requirements

BEFORE YOU APPLY!

Make sure to visit 'BSc Application Procedure' at: http://www.rug.nl/fse/fmns-programme/admissions/bsc/ for all the necessary information about the procedure and admission requirements.

If you apply, you participate in the mandatory matching process of the Faculty of Science and Engineering. More information: https://www.rug.nl/fse/education/matching

Choice of degree programme check

The degree programme will organize a matching procedure. Attendance is compulsory. The advice is not binding.

  • There is an online questionnaire.
  • The degree programme may invite the prospective student for an additional interview.

Explanatory notes

Meer informatie over matching: https://www.rug.nl/fse/education/matching

Registration procedure

The Admissions Board will decide whether you can be admitted to the Bachelor's degree programme. Applications are evaluated on a continuous basis. You do not have to wait until the application deadline to apply.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
additional subject

Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry.

This is merely an indication of required background knowledge. The admissions board determines whether the specific contents of this/these course(s) meet the admission requirements of the bachelor programme for which you applied.

knowledge minimumNo further information
language test

Proof of English proficiency is required: TOEFL IBT score of 92, a TOEFL CBT score of 237, a TOEFL PBT score of 580, an IELTS score of 6.5, a CAE or CPE certificate.

MAKE SURE TO VISIT http://www.rug.nl/fse/fmns-programme/admissions/bsc/language for all the necessary information about required language tests.

previous education

Secondary education equivalent to Dutch pre-university education is required.

This is merely an indication of the required general level of applicants' previous education.

FOR MORE INFORMATION please visit the 'BSc Application Procedure' pages at: http://www.rug.nl/education/international-students/application-procedure/entry-requirements/bachelor-degree-programme

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 201901 September 2019
01 May 202001 September 2020
EU/EEA students01 May 201901 September 2019
01 May 202001 September 2020
non-EU/EEA students01 May 201901 September 2019
01 May 202001 September 2020
Tuition Fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2018-2019€ 2060full-time
non-EU/EEA2018-2019€ 10900full-time
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 12500full-time

The Dutch government intends to halve the statutory tuition fees for specific groups of first year bachelor's students starting from the 2018/19 academic year.

https://www.rug.nl/education/tuition-fees-halved

After your studies

Job prospects

After the three-year Bachelor's programme, you will be able to continue your study with our attractive Master's degree programme, but you will also have the option to look immediately for a job. As a graduate in the bachelor chemical engineer, you are qualified for a range of attractive positions, mainly in the business sector: for example, Chemical Engineers can find employment in advisory, control, R&D and management positions.

You may be involved in setting up a new factory, optimising existing processes or developing new products and materials.

Job examples

  • Researcher - industrial or academic
  • Commercial functions
  • Management functions
  • Advanced technical functions
Research

Our Bachelor's degree programme in Chemical Engineering is connected to the following research institutes of the University of Groningen.


ENTEG - Research institute of Engineering and Technology

The research institute ENTEG is an engineering science and technology institute that has the capability to analyse, explore and design new technologies that are based on the integration of fundamental and engineering sciences.

Stratingh Institute for Chemistry

Research groups: Bio-Organic Chemistry - Hirsch Group (Dr. A.K.H. Hirsch) , (Bio)Organic Materials and Devices (Prof. J.C. Hummelen) , Molecular Inorganic Chemistry - Harder Group (Prof. S. Harder) , Synthetic Organic Chemistry - The Feringa Group (prof. B.L. Feringa)


Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials

Basic research on materials is directed towards unravelling the relations between the properties that determine their functionality and their chemical composition and structure. The quest for in-depth understanding of these constitutive relations often leads to unexpected boundaries signifying fundamental gaps in our knowledge. Although the structure-property relationship is in itself a truism, the actual linkage between (micro) structural aspects in a material and its physical/chemical properties is elusive. The reason is that various properties are determined by the collective behaviour of molecules, atoms and electrons and their behaviour may be extremely non-linear on different time and length scales.

The classic materials triangle concerns an integrative approach in the three aspects of structure, property and chemical composition. The Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials adds an extra dimension to this traditional view by an unconventional linkage to the field of biomolecular sciences, which includes the design aspects as well.

Research groups: Computational Physics , Materials Science , Micromechanics , Nanostructured Materials and Interfaces , Optical Condensed Matter Physics , Polymer Chemistry and Bioengineering , Photophysics and opto-electronics , Physics of Nanodevices , Physical Chemistry of Polymers , Polymer Thin Film and Surface Science , Physics of Organic Semiconductors , Single-Molecule Biophysics , Solid State Materials for Electronics , Surfaces and Thin Films , Theoretical Chemistry , Theory of Condensed Matter

ESRIG - Energy and Sustainability Research Institute Groningen

Although ESRIG is a Research Institute, bundling strengths leads to new educational possibilities as well in the Master phase the Energy and Environmental Sciences (EES) programme has been operational for several years, under responsibility of IVEM and CIO. At present, this programme offers two tracks: The IVEM track ("Energy and Environmental Sciences"), and the CIO-track ("Experimental studies of greenhouse gases and climate history"). The IVEM track will be extended by elements of SSG research. The CIO-track will be enforced and broadened by the other experimental groups inside ESRIG.

In the Bachelor phase the curriculum of Physics and Chemistry will start with an "energy and environmental" track form the year 2010-2011 onwards. As ESRIG is the central institute for this subject, ESRIG scientists take the lead in both the track design and the actual teaching.

Research groups: Centre for Isotope Research , Geo-energy , Combustion Technology , Centre for Energy and Environmental Sciences , Ocean Ecosystems , Science and Society group


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Contact

If you want to know more about the programme Chemical Engineering, please contact:

  • Academic Advisor (For questions regarding the programme)
  • sciencebachelors@rug.nl (For international students who are interested in a Campus Tour or have other practical questions)
    Email: sciencebachelors@rug.nl
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    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.'

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    'I'm loving it here. The pace of study took some time to get used to, because each tutorial discusses a whole chapter of our study book. But you'll be fine as long as you attend all the lectures, which deal with all the material for the exam.

    I especially enjoyed Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecules, which are all about reactions and how they work. I find subjects like Physical Chemistry and Spectroscopy challenging, but very interesting. Alongside my studies I am a member of the rowing club Aegir, where I also stop in occasionally for drinks. I’m sharing a flat with two friends from secondary school, which is fantastic! We often eat together or go out to play sports.’

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Study associations

Chemische Binding

De Chemische Binding, or CB, is the study association for students taking a programme in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering at the University of Groningen.
The name translates as The Chemical Bond. The association aims to represent the interests of all students of chemistry or chemical engineering by organizing activities to enhance learning, such as practise sessions and excursions. It also provides an opportunity for students to join each other in less serious activities, such as the weekly drinks get-together, the annual Christmas dinner and a night-time volleyball tournament with a beer relay race.
http://www.chemische-binding.nl/

G.T.D. Bernoulli

The Groningen Debating Society for Chemical Engineers Bernoulli was founded on 20 May 1985 for students interested in Product and Process Technology.
Although most of the members of G.T.D. Bernoulli are students of Chemical Engineering, the society is also open to students of Industrial Engineering and Management, Technology & Operations Management and Industrial Pharmacy at the University of Groningen.
https://www.gtdbernoulli.nl/
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(Binding) study advice
  • A minimum of 45 EC in the first 12 months (binding)

You will be issued a study advice at the end of your first year of study. You can expect a positive study advice if you have earned at least 45 ECTS credit points (out of a total of 60 ECTS; most course units are 5 ECTS). If you have earned fewer than 45 ECTS and are issued a negative study advice, you will not be allowed to continue your degree programme.

You will receive a preliminary study advice in December to make sure that you know where you are. Please contact your study advisor as soon as possible if you have any questions about the BSA system.

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