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  • Smart Materials (track)

    Bij smart materials ga je op zoek naar 'slimme' materialen, die bijvoorbeeld elektriciteit produceren of van temperatuur kunnen veranderen.

  • Chemistry of Life (track)

    Bij chemistry of life onderzoek je hoe de moleculen in levende organismen chemische processen uitvoeren.

  • Sustainable Chemistry and Energy (track)

    Bij sustainable chemistry and energy gebruik je chemie voor meer duurzaamheid en schonere energie.

Opbouw programma

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 units of chosen track (15 ECTS)
Laboratory Courses
Linear Algebra & Multivariate Calculus for Chemistry
Macromolecular Chemistry
More course units, up to 60 ECTS each year
Organic Chemistry 2
Physical Chemistry 2
Physical Properties of Materials 2
Quantum Chemistry
Science Ethics and Society
Bachelor project
Course units of chosen track (15 ECTS)
Laboratory Course
More course units, up to 60 ECTS each year

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.

Voorbeeldvakken in de Smart materials track: molecular design, soft molecular materials, trends in polymer science

Voorbeeldvakken in de Sustainable chemistry and energy track: physical organic and photo-chemistry, green chemistry and technology, electrochemistry and energy

Voorbeeldvakken in de Chemistry of life track: bio-energetics and metabolism, chemical biology, cellular chemistry

Studeren in het buitenland

  • Studeren in het buitenland is facultatief
  • Maximaal 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.

Mogelijk na goedkeuring van de examencommissie

(Bindend) studieadvies

  • Minimaal 45 EC in de eerste 12 maanden (bindend)

You will be issued a study advice at the end 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.

Aan het einde van je eerste studiejaar krijg je een bindend studieadvies. Je krijgt een positief studieadvies als je minimaal 45 ECTS hebt gehaald (op een totaal van 60 ECTS, de meeste vakken zijn 5 ECTS). Bij een negatief studieadvies (minder dan 45 ECTS) mag je helaas niet doorgaan met de opleiding. Om ervoor te zorgen dat je precies weet waar je staat, krijg je al in december een voorlopig studieadvies.

Heb je vragen over het bindend studieadvies of over je studievoortgang, neem dan zo snel mogelijk contact op met je studieadviseur.

Waarom in Groningen?

Assessed by students as the best Chemistry degree in the country according to Dutch Higher Education Guide 2018

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.

Our research is among the finest in the world. Our materials research ranks in the world's top ten!

Our faculty is the home of the 2016 Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry, Ben Feringa, and the Nobel Prize winner in Physics, Frits Zernike.

In Groningen kun je Scheikunde én Scheikundige technologie studeren. Je hoeft niet direct te kiezen; dat komt later pas. De RUG is de enige Nederlandse universiteit die zo'n brede bacheloropleiding aanbiedt.

Het scheikundig en materiaalkundig onderzoek aan de RUG behoort tot de top van de wereld. Zo staat het materiaalkundig onderzoek in de wereldtop 10 van de Times Higher Education ranking.

Beste bacheloropleiding/Topopleiding Scheikunde volgens Keuzegids Universiteiten 2018

Onze faculteit kent twee Nobelprijswinnaars: de Nobelprijs voor Scheikunde voor Ben Feringa in 2016 en de Nobelprijs voor Natuurkunde voor Frits Zernike.

  • Testimonial van Joni Gallagher

    Moving abroad gave me the chance to experience a new culture and meet so many people from all over the world

    “I moved here from Belfast, Northern Ireland to study Chemistry at the University of Groningen. Moving abroad gave me the chance to experience a new culture and meet so many people from all over the world. I have become so much more independent since I moved here and experienced so many new things.

    My Chemistry course is interesting and challenging at the same time. The lecturers are very enthusiastic and they all speak great English. This makes for a great study environment where it's easy to learn. The University of Groningen is great and has a lovely campus, I loved it here the moment I arrived. Groningen is a great city full of students and internationals, that has a great buzz about it and always offers something to do! If there's any advice that I may give to future students, it would be that you need to look for accommodation as soon as you can. The closer it gets to July or August, the harder it will be to find a room”.

    – Joni Gallagher
  • Testimonial van Elia Savino

    A natural choice

    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!

    – Elia Savino
  • Opleidingsvideo

    Building a Nanovehicle

    – Opleidingsvideo
  • Opleidingsvideo

    'High-quality education'

    Have you always dreamed of doing a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry at a top-100 University?

    – Opleidingsvideo
  • Testimonial van Ben Feringa

    Road to the 2016 Nobel Prize

    – Ben Feringa
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