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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.

How can I make a flexible solar cell out of organic molecules? Can I build a car engine on a molecular level? Can I synthesize life? Can I cure tuberculosis? You will encounter such questions in the Master's degree programme in Chemistry at the University of Groningen.

The 2-year programme is fully taught in English and embedded in an internationally leading research environment. The programme offers a great deal of freedom in topics and has a strong focus on research; students spend 50% of their time in research labs. It is organized along three main specializations:

› Advanced Materials
Focus of this specialization lies the chemistry of functional materials, including aspects like material synthesis and self-assembly, supramolecular chemistry, structural characterization techniques and functional properties.

› Catalysis and Green Chemistry
This specialization focuses on different aspects of catalysis by enzymes as well as synthetic homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts and key industrially relevant transformations.

› Chemical Biology (also offers an honours programme)
This specialization studies biology and the processes of life using the tools of chemistry and deals with topics ranging from understanding how biochemistry works, to protein engineering and the engineering of biological systems.

› Science, Business and Policy
This profile emphasizes the societal aspects of Science. You will learn to implement your chemistry knowledge in companies and policy organisations.

The Chemistry research project takes place in a research group within or across one of these specialisations. These groups are associated with three main research institutes that focus on chemistry: the Stratingh Institute for Chemistry, the Zernike Institute of Advanced Materials and the Groningen Biomolecular Science & Biotechnology Institute. The programme also offers the opportunity to do research in a lab abroad or in industry.

Apart from general subjects including reaction mechanism and spectroscopic methods, we teach and offer research projects across the entire spectrum of Chemistry, including: (in)organic synthesis, stereochemistry, polymer chemistry, supramolecular chemistry, homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, biocatalysis & protein engineering, organometallic chemistry, molecular dynamic, quantum mechanics, green chemistry, synthetic biology and systems chemistry.


Facts & Figures
Degree
MSc in Chemistry
Course type
Master
Duration
24 months (120 ECTS)
Croho code
66857
Language of instruction
English
Start
February, September
Faculty
Science and Engineering
Why study this programme in Groningen?
  • Excellent research training by world leading scientist
  • Opportunity to spend time in industry and/or go abroad
  • Best Chemistry Master's degree programme in the Netherlands according to Elsevier
  • Our Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials belongs to the THES top 15 of best materials research institutes in the world
Programme

Curriculum

2-year programme; credits per year: 60 ECTS; most courses are 5 ECTS.

For the complete curriculum, please see: http://www.rug.nl/ocasys/fse/vak/showpos?opleiding=5557

Programme options
Advanced Materials (track)

Much of the impact of chemistry on every-day live is through materials.

Focus here is on the chemistry of functional materials, including aspects like material synthesis and self-assembly, supramolecular chemistry, structural characterization techniques and functional properties (magnetic, electronic, photonic and spintronic) as well as structural properties of bulk materials, thin films, tubes, wires and nanoparticles.

For the compete curriculum, please see: https://www.rug.nl/ocasys/rug/vak/showpos?opleiding=6392&ocasysyear=2019

Catalysis and Green Chemistry (track)

Catalysis is the key technology in the development of green and sustainable chemical processes.

This specialization focuses on different aspects of catalysis by enzymes as well as synthetic homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts and key industrially relevant transformations. It includes synthesis, characterization and mechanisms as well as the design of sustainable chemical processes and life-cycle analyses.

For the complete curriculum, please see: https://www.rug.nl/ocasys/rug/vak/showpos?opleiding=6393&ocasysyear=2019

Chemical Biology (track)

This specialization studies biology and the processes of life using the tools of chemistry.

It deals with topics ranging from understanding how biochemistry works, to protein engineering and the engineering of biological systems (synthetic biology) and questions related to the origin of life and the de-novo synthesis of life (systems chemistry).

For the complete curriculum, please see: https://www.rug.nl/ocasys/rug/vak/showpos?opleiding=6394&ocasysyear=2019

Science, Business & Policy (track)

Interested in the business side of science? You can combine this Master's programme with the Science Business & Policy profile. The SBP profile includes a six-month internship as a scientific advisor.

You focus on the interface between Chemistry and Business and Policy emphasizing the societal aspects of Science. You will learn to implement your chemistry knowledge in companies and policy organisations. This is not only important for students who aspire an entrepreneurial business career, but also for all those researchers who wish to work within or collaborate with industry or governmental institutions.

For the complete curriculum, please see: https://www.rug.nl/ocasys/rug/vak/showpos?opleiding=6395&ocasysyear=2019

More information about this option

Theoretical Chemistry and Computational Modeling (track)

The Erasmus Mundus Programme in Theoretical Chemistry and Computational Modeling is a research oriented programme, organised by the University of Groningen and universities from five other countries.

The programme specialises in the use and development of computational techniques in molecular sciences. You will start the programme at one of the universities, follow a four-week Intensive Course in another country and spend at least 10 weeks at a partner university. Upon completion of the program, students will be awarded double degrees from two partner universities.

For the complete curriculum, please see: https://www.rug.nl/ocasys/rug/vak/showpos?opleiding=5706&ocasysyear=2019

More information about this option

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.

Entry Requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
knowledge minimum

Sufficient English proficiency on VWO level is required.

previous education

Bachelor's degree in Chemistry. Information about admission possibilities and requirements for students from a Dutch HBO institute is published on: https://www.rug.nl/fse/msc-admission

other admission requirements

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

Registration procedure

Applications are evaluated on a continuous basis and you will learn to outcome of your application quickly. You do not have to wait until the application deadline to apply.

Transfer options

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
ChemistryUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
Life Science and TechnologyUniversity of Groningen

Additional requirements

More information:

Accessible with Major Molecular Life Sciences; for details, please contact the academic advisor: w.g.hof@rug.nl

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
ChemistryAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Molecular Life SciencesAll Research universities

Additional requirements

More information:

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

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: http://www.rug.nl/fwn/fmns-programme/admissions/msc/ for all the necessary information about the procedure and admission requirements.

language test

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

previous education

Bachelor's degree in Chemistry or relevant field such as Chemical Engineering. 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 www.rug.nl/fse/msc-admission for all the necessary information about the procedure and 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 May 201901 September 2019
15 October 201901 February 2020
01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
EU/EEA students01 May 201901 September 2019
15 October 201901 February 2020
01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
non-EU/EEA students01 May 201901 September 2019
15 October 201901 February 2020
01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
Tuition Fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 14600full-time

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

This degree programme in Chemistry is primarily meant for students who want to become researchers or research managers. It also provides an excellent preparation for a PhD project, either in Groningen or elsewhere.

Our recent alumni found jobs very quickly after graduating; 79% had a job lined up immediately following graduation! Groningen students have found jobs all over Europe and beyond in major companies, including DSM, Akzo Nobel, Corus, ASML or Philips as well as in smaller companies such as Syncom, Merchachem, PolyVation etc.

In addition, many chemists who are trained as researchers find jobs that are less research-oriented. This is because the programme also pays attention to communication skills, teamwork, presentation techniques and IT skills. During their training as researchers in chemistry, students develop general competences that make them highly versatile and widely employable, so Groningen chemistry graduates can be found in consulting agencies, commercial functions, product research and development, product management or teaching.

Job examples

  • PhD research project
  • Work for a major multinational such as Akzo Nobel or Philps
  • Consulting agencies
  • Product management or commercial positions
Research

Research constitutes an important of the Chemistry Master's degree and students spend approximately half their time in research projects. The main research project (45 ECTS) is typically performed in a research group belonging to one of the three research institutes most relevant to the chemistry programme:

The Stratingh Institute for Chemistry 
The Zernike Institute of Advanced Materials 
The Groningen Biomolecular Science & Biotechnology Institute

Between these institutes students can choose to perform the research in on of approximately 30 research group that work in different areas of chemistry.

A second shorter research project (15 ECTS) often takes place in the form of a placement in industry or abroad. Students have a great deal of autonomy in choosing their research projects from an exceptionally wide variety of topics.

Fundamental and applied (industrially oriented) research
Possible research projects include application-oriented research on organic and inorganic synthesis, heterogeneous, homogeneous and biocatalysis, computational chemistry, chemical biology and polymer chemistry. The multidisciplinary teams within the University facilitate R&D routes from laboratory to industrial scale.
Typical examples of projects include: design of new routes to chemicals from renewable resources, synthesis and study of molecular motors, development of new antibiotics, study of self-replicating molecules, and the synthesis and development of molecular-electronic devises and organic solar cells.

The Times Higher Education (THES) Top 15 of best materials research institutes 
The Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials belongs to the THES top 15 of best materials research institutes in the world. The institute is dedicated to a cross-disciplinary approach; in many research groups physicists and chemists work closely together. Research fields include surfaces, polymers, biomolecular materials, computational solid state physics, optical properties of the solid state and material engineering.

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

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