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How can you increase the sustainability of a chemical process? How can you make biodiesel from the Jatropha plant?

How can you design a catalyst to convert the greenhouse gas CO2 into a biodegradable polymer? How can you recycle used car tyres into a waterproof rubber coating? How can you develop a new polymer that helps oil recovery from underground reservoirs?

These are some of the interesting questions you will be able to answer once you have completed the Master's degree programme in Chemical Engineering in Groningen. The two-year programme offers a core programme and then the choice between four specialisations: Advanced Process Technology, Bio-based Products, Industrial Catalysts and Polymeric Products.

Your research project will take place in one of our research groups in the field of Green Chemical Reaction Engineering and Chemical Product Technology. The Green Chemical Reaction Engineering group investigates the development of highly intensified catalytic technology for biomass conversion to biofuels and biobased chemicals. The Chemical Product Technology group performs research for the design of new or improved chemical products. Particular attention is devoted to the development of new catalytic systems and of polymeric products for specific applications. These activities are generally framed in a comprehensive sustainability context.

The unique feature of studying this Master programme at the University of Groningen is the combination of a wide range of Chemical Engineering topics with a solid background in Chemistry and a focus on Sustainability, which will allow you to become a modern chemical engineer that is well versed in both Product and Process Technology.

Facts & Figures
MSc in Chemical Engineering
Course type
24 months (120 ECTS)
Croho code
Language of instruction
February, September
Science and Engineering
Why study this programme in Groningen?
  • Chemical Engineers from Groningen are known for their flexibility and all-round skills
  • Chemistry field in Groningen has CHE Excellence Label
  • Best Chemical Engineering Master's degree programme in the Netherlands according to Elsevier
  • A lot of graduates make a career at major companies


The two-year programme offers four chemical engineering specializations:

  • Bio-based Products
  • Industrial Catalysis
  • Polymeric Products
  • Advanced Process Technology

The first three specializations focus on product sectors, whereas Advanced Process Technology is the one specialization which focuses on process technology.

An additional track (Catalysis and Green chemistry) is offered in cooperation with the master program in Chemistry.

The programme is split into a core programme (95 ECTS, compulsory for every student), a sub programme of 15 ECTS, and 10 ECTS choice. In the core programme you will deal with themes such as interfacial engineering, bio-based products, polymer products and advanced product engineering.

For the complete curriculum, please see:

Programme options
Bio-based Products (specialization)
Advanced Process Technology (specialization)
Industrial Catalysts (specialization)
Polymeric Products (specialization)
HTSM Honours Master (honours program)

This Master's degree programme gives access to the additional, highly selective, High Tech Systems and Materials (HTSM) Honours Master.

The HTSM Honours Master is organized in cooperation with Philips and other major industry partners.

More information about this option

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is recommended
  • For an average of 20 weeks
  • Maximum of 60 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.

Internship: This programme offers you the opportunity to carry out an internship at a company in the Netherlands or abroad. Our choice of industry partners ranges from large multinationals (such as Shell, Philips, Unilever) to dynamic small-medium enterprises in the Groningen area. The internship has a typical duration of 3 to 4 months and counts towards your final degree.

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
additional subjectNo further information
knowledge minimum

Sufficient English proficiency on VWO level is required.

previous education

Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering. Information about admission possibilities and requirements for students from a Dutch HBO institute is published on:

other admission requirements

BEFORE YOU APPLY Make sure to visit 'MSc Application Procedure' at for all the necessary information about the procedure and admission requirements.

Transfer options

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Chemical EngineeringHanze University Groningen, University of Applied Sciences

Deficiency program with a maximum of 30 EC

Additional requirements:
  • assessment interview
More information:

You need to follow additional courses when you have a degree in Chemical Engineering from the Hanze. This additional program can be followed as minor of the Hanze University Bachelor Chemical Engineering. Please contact the study advisor w.g.hof

Access to be decided by admissions board

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
ChemistryUniversity of Groningen

Additional requirements

More information:

For details, please contact the academic advisor: w.g.hof

Chemical EngineeringUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
Industrial Engineering & ManagementUniversity of Groningen

Additional requirements

More information:

For details, please contact the academic advisor: w.g.hof

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Chemical EngineeringAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
additional subject

The Admissions Office will advise the Admissions Board on your application, after which the board will decide if you meet the admission requirements in terms of general level of previous education and specific background knowledge.

knowledge minimum


Make sure to visit 'MSc Application Procedure' at: for all the necessary information about the procedure and admission requirements.

language test

MAKE SURE TO VISIT for all the necessary information about required language tests and minimum scores.

previous education

A Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering with elements of (polymer) chemistry . Interested candidates with a background in the field of food/biotechnology will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

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 master programme for which you applied.

other admission requirements

BEFORE YOU APPLY Make sure to visit 'MSc Application Procedure' at for all the necessary information about the procedure and admission requirements.


In cooperation with major national and international companies we welcome students with several scholarships

ASML Scholarship: ASML is one of the world's leading manufacturers of chip-making equipment. The €5000 p/y scholarship is awarded every year to 25 exceptional students, who get the chance to become a Technology Ambassador within their scholarship period. More information can be found here:

Registration procedure

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

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students15 October 202001 February 2021
01 May 202101 September 2021
15 October 202101 February 2022
EU/EEA students15 October 202001 February 2021
01 May 202101 September 2021
15 October 202101 February 2022
non-EU/EEA students15 October 202001 February 2021
01 May 202101 September 2021
15 October 202101 February 2022
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2020-2021€ 2143full-time
non-EU/EEA2020-2021€ 17500full-time

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

Chemical engineers from the University of Groningen are known for their flexibility and all-round skills. As a graduate, you could choose a career in a company like Corus, DSM, Akzo Nobel or Philips. Major IT companies are also keen to recruit chemical engineers from Groningen. Job possibilities in the region are expanding rapidly. Groningen is developing new industry and there is a high demand for well-trained new staff. You could also decide on a research position at a university.

Job examples

  • Work for consulting and engineering firms
  • Work for multinationals like Philips and Akzo Nobel
  • Work for a major IT company
  • PhD research position

Chemistry in Groningen has the CHE Excellence Label

Within the Master's degree programme Chemical Engineering you can conduct research in the following fields of expertise:

Design and engineering of new and improved products and processes 

A structured methodology is applied to design and develop materials and processes with unique performance properties. Recent examples include the design of:

- water-swellable elastomer formulations for sealing applications in oil wells

- novel polymeric materials for enhanced oil recovery

- new biobased and renewable (polymeric) products

-new processes for biomass conversion

Cooperation with many industrial sponsors ensures fast applicability of the obtained results in relevant and actual industrial problems.


Most processes in the chemical industry rely on the use of a suitable catalyst to produce the desired compounds with high yield and selectivity. Therefore, the design and development of enhanced catalysts is of crucial importance. Catalysis is also essential to achieve the production of chemicals according to the Green Chemistry principles. At the Department of Chemical Engineering of the University of Groningen you will learn how to synthesise, characterise and test the next generation of industrial catalysts, with a special focus on the production of useful chemicals from renewable and bio-based feedstock, such as CO2, glycerol, or agricultural wastes.

Chemical reaction engineering

In the coming years this research area will also move towards a product-oriented approach with a 'green' (renewable resources) accent. Examples include a) the modification of renewable polymers like starch and cellulose using new processes to obtain new structured products, and b) the design of new processes for platform chemicals based on renewable feedstock. Green Chemistry principles are being employed to assist the development of more sustainable chemical processes. Innovative reactor designs using process intensification methods such as miniaturisation are being used aiming at a substantial improvement in the reaction efficiency and a fast extraction of kinetic information.


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						Testimonial of Bi Su

    The teaching style at the university far exceeds my expectations

    – Bi Su
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    In Groningen I got introduced to a new way of teaching and studying. The teaching style at the university far exceeds my expectations. The Chemical Engineering programme is far more practical and requires more independence, compared to what I'm used to in China. This way we learn things you just can't learn by simply reading study books. Yes, I would certainly recommend studying Chemical Engineering in Groningen to other students in China!

    When you get here for the very first times there's a welcoming ceremony for international students. During my welcoming ceremony we had a student-assistant who took us for a walk around the campus, so we could get familiar with the place where we would study. At this point there are 6 international students in our class. We are all friends now, and not only work together in projects but also hang out together in our spare time.

						Testimonial of Mariana Cecílio de Oliveira Monteiro

    The atmosphere at the university and in the city is very welcoming. I never felt excluded for being from another country

    – Mariana Cecílio de Oliveira Monteiro
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    Studying in Groningen was the second time I went abroad to a more developed country with a modern university. I had already left my home country of Brazil once to study English in Canada, and this time, I aimed to improve my career opportunities through the Science Without Borders exchange programme.

    Chemical Engineering at the University of Groningen has excellent reviews, and is headed up by one of the best lecturers in the Netherlands, Prof. Dr. Francesco Picchioni. I ended up working on research alongside him, which proved to be an incredible opportunity. I learnt a lot, and it is a great addition to my resume and experience.

    This programme can be a challenge, but the combination of theory and practice makes it very interesting. To take the formulae that are in the book and apply them to a certain process to create a product is very rewarding. At home, studying is quite mechanical and everything is served to the students on a platter. In Groningen, students are given a lot more autonomy. Doing things by myself really taught me to be creative, innovative and independent – preparing me for working life. I've spent 16 months in Groningen and every day was worth it: I took special courses, worked on a renowned research project and even spent 6 months doing an internship at a big Dutch company.

    I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of support I received from the Programme Coordinator and the International Service Desk before I made the move. Once I arrived, I realised that this helpfulness comes natural to the Dutch. The atmosphere at the university and in the city is very welcoming. I never felt excluded for being from another country as there are so many international students and the Dutch are very open to new cultures. The student life offers plenty of groups, workshops and interaction: these activities can truly help you focus on creating a career as a professional in your field. And, I've found it's always good to let your hair down after some serious studying and this city offers plenty of fun.

    The only thing I wish someone had told about Groningen is that it can be quite rainy – I would have definitely come a bit more prepared. However, I love how proactive the Dutch are: they are always out and about, cycling, exercising. Brazilians can take the good weather for granted, but not the Dutch: when the sun comes out, they really appreciate it and go outdoors to soak it all up.”