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How can you make a flexible solar cell that can be fixed to anything? How can you build a molecular-scale motor? These are some of the fascinating questions that you will try to answer as a chemist.

Chemistry is the study of molecules and how they interact. As a chemist equipped with this knowledge, you can produce new substances and materials or devise solutions for all sorts of problems.

Chemistry is a broad discipline has many parallels with other science subjects such as physics, mathematics, astronomy and biology. If you are interested in exploring the interfaces with those subjects, you can do so in Groningen! You can expand your knowledge of chemistry and discover and apply new materials.

Chemistry in Groningen is 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.

Working on the environment, medicines or new foods … What will you choose?

As a chemist you will have excellent career prospects. There are openings in a variety of areas, such as business, health care, environmental inspection and education.

Chemists are often involved in the development of new medicines, or in the search for new synthetic materials with special properties. Another path is the creation of a more sustainable world because trough solutions for generating energy, for example using sunlight or motion.

Facts & Figures
BSc in Chemistry
Course type
36 months (180 ECTS)
Croho code
Language of instruction
Science and Engineering
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Why study this programme in Groningen?
  • In Groningen you can study either Chemistry or Chemical Engineering. During the entire first year you can switch between them, if you wish.
  • Explore before you choose your specialization. The first part of Year 1 is designed to give you a broad introduction to the three Chemistry specializations and Chemical Engineering.
  • Our research is among the finest in the world. Our materials research ranks in the world's top ten!
  • Chemistry in Groningen is 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.
CoursesCourse Catalog >
Biochemistry practical
Calculus for Chemistry
First-year Symposium
General Chemistry
Inorganic Chemistry
Introduction to Process and Product Technology
Molecules: Structure, Reactivity and Function
Organic Chemistry 1
Physical Chemistry 1
Practical Course: Synthesis and Analysis


Course examples within the Smart materials track: Molecular Design, Soft Molecular Materials, Trends in Polymer Science

Course examples within the Sustainable Chemistry and Energy track: Physical Organic and Photo-chemistry, Green Chemistry and Technology, Electrochemistry and Energy

Course examples within the Chemistry of life track: Bio-energetics and Metabolism, Chemical Biology, Cellular Chemistry

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 specialisation tracks already in their second Bachelor's year.

Programme options
Smart Materials (track)

Within this specialization you will search for 'smart' materials, for example those who produce electricity or can change temperature.

Chemistry of Life (track)

Within the specialization Chemistry of Life you study how molecules in living organisms execute chemical processes.

Sustainable Chemistry and Energy (track)

Within the specialization Sustainable Chemistry and Energy you use chemistry to enhance sustainability and to produce clean energy.

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

  • Natuur & Techniek
  • Natuur & Gezondheid

    wiskunde B + natuurkunde

  • Economie & Maatschappij

    wiskunde B + natuurkunde + scheikunde

  • Cultuur & Maatschappij

    wiskunde B + natuurkunde + scheikunde

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

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

other admission requirements


Make sure to visit 'BSc Application Procedure' at: 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:

Choice of degree programme check

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

Explanatory notes

More information about matching:

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 202201 September 2022
EU/EEA students01 May 202201 September 2022
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202201 September 2022

Choice of degree programme check

More information about matching:

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.

language test

Proficiency in English is an admission requirement for all English-taught degree programmes. Please find our English language requirements (IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge and more) on this page:

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:

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
IELTS overall band6.5
TOEFL internet based90

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 202201 September 2022
EU/EEA students01 May 202201 September 2022
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202201 September 2022
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2021-2022€ 2168full-time
non-EU/EEA2021-2022€ 14800full-time

The Dutch government is halving tuition fees for first-year students in higher education.

Practical information for:

After your studies

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, whether that is in the Netherlands or abroad.

After the Bachelor's programme you can move on to one of the Master's programmes in Chemistry, Biomolecular Sciences or Environmental Sciences, or the Top Master's degree programme in Nanoscience.

Excellent career opportunities

Look for an international commercial position, become an inspector, or do research – there are many paths open to you with a degree in Chemistry! Most students find a job soon after graduating, in a wide range of occupations.

Business and research

If you want to work as a researcher, you can do this at a university, but also in industry. For example, you could work in medical and biochemical research, and there are plenty of opportunities in the food and the synthetics industries. In general, graduates progress to a management position after a couple of years.

Manager, adviser, inspector or…

If you're not interested in a research career, you could work as a manger or adviser in the business world at a multinational or at a non-governmental organization. Some graduates also work as inspectors.

Job examples

  • Industrial researcher
  • Scientific researcher
  • Management function
  • Commercial positions
  • Teacher

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

Stratingh Institute for Chemistry

Related research groups
  • Sustainability and Green Chemistry - Barta group
  • Molecular Inorganic Chemistry - Browne group
  • Chemistry of Molecular Materials and Devices - Chiechi group
  • Auto-catalytic and cross-catalytic systems - Harutyunyan group
  • Chemical Biology - Hirsch group
  • The Feringa group
  • (Bio)Organic Materials and Devices - Hummelen group
  • Chemical Biology - Minnaard group
  • Molecular Inorganic Chemistry - Otten group
  • Systems Chemistry - Otto group
  • Biomolecular Chemistry - Roelfes group
  • Chemical Biology - Walvoort group
  • Chemical Biology - Witte group

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, Polymer Chemistry and Bioengineering, Quantum Interactions and Structural Dynamics, Solid State Materials for Electronics , Surfaces and Thin Films , Theoretical Chemistry , Theory of Condensed Matter

Groningen Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute (GBB)

Research groups
  • Bioinformatics
  • Molecular Systems Biology
  • Cell Biochemistry
  • Chemical Biology
  • Protein Crystallography
  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Electron Microscopy
  • Biotransformation and Biocatalysis
  • Molecular Microbiology
  • Molecular Dynamics
  • Microbial Physiology
  • Membrane Enzymology

Engineering and Technology institute Groningen (ENTEG)

Research at the Engineering and Technology institute Groningen (ENTEG) is organized in five research groups in Product- and Process Technology and Discrete Technology.

Research groups: Transport Phenomena , Discrete Technology & Production Automation , Green Chemical Reaction Engineering , Product Technology, Smart Manufacturing Systems

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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						Testimonial of Elia Savino

    A natural choice

    – Elia Savino
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    Chemistry was a natural choice for me. Since I was a child, I wanted to be a scientist and in high school, I had this amazing chemistry teacher that showed me the beauty of the subject.

    I really like the amount of effort that professors and technical assistants put in their work. It shows the love they have for what they do. The subject that surprised me most was Introduction to Process and Product Technology, because it was something I never did before and it was an interesting point of view on some aspects of chemistry that you don’t think about.

    I came across Groningen almost randomly. I accompanied a friend to visit the university. The city and the university were amazing, so I decided to stay!


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 and 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.
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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 both 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 Binding Study Advice system.

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