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Chemical Engineering

How can you design a slow-release drug system and produce it in sufficient amounts? How can we make biodiesel from the Jatropha plant? How can we use waste products for pharmaceutical purposes?

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. Groningen offers a Master's degree programme for students who already have a solid background in chemistry, and who are eager to expand their knowledge and experience.

The two-year programme offers four specialisations, besides a core programme (compulsory for every student):

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

Your research project takes place in one of our research groups, including the Zernike Institute of Advanced Materials. The Zernike Institute is ranked in the Times Higher Education's Top 15 of world's best institutes in materials science. The institute is dedicated to a cross-disciplinary approach; in many research groups physicists and chemists work closely together.

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
MSc in Chemical Engineering
Course type
Master
Duration
24 months (120 ECTS)
Croho code
60437
Language of instruction
English
Start
February, November, September
Faculty
Science and Engineering
Keuzegids Masters Top Rated Programme
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
Programme

Curriculum

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: http://www.rug.nl/ocasys/fse/vak/showpos?opleiding=3235

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. A special programme is available for holders of a Dutch HBO Bachelor's degree. For details, please contact the academic advisor.

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@rug.nl.

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@rug.nl

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@rug.nl

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Chemical Science & 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

BEFORE YOU APPLY

Make sure to visit 'MSc Application Procedure' at: https://www.rug.nl/fse/programme/admissions/msc/ for all the necessary information about the procedure and admission requirements.

language test

MAKE SURE TO VISIT https://www.rug.nl/fse/programme/admissions/msc/language-requirements for all the necessary information about required language tests.

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

SCHOLARSHIPS

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: https://www.asml.com/careers/for-students/asml-scholarship/en/s32512?rid=30027

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
IELTS overall band6.5
TOEFL paper based580
TOEFL computer based237
TOEFL internet based92

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 students01 July 201901 September 2019
01 December 201901 February 2020
01 July 202001 September 2020
01 December 202001 February 2021
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€ 14350full-time
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 14600full-time
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 multinationals like Philips and Akzo Nobel
  • Work for a major IT company
  • PhD research position
  • Work for consulting and engineering firms
Research

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.

Catalysis

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

  • Academic Advisor (For questions regarding the programme)
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