Chemistry in Groningen is the home of the recipient of 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Ben Feringa, for his research in photochemistry and especially light-driven rotary molecular motors.
How can I make a novel antibiotics from functional organic compounds? Can I build an motor at the molecular level? Can I synthesize life-like artificial molecular systems? Can we make energy storage sustainable? You will encounter these questions and many more in the Master's degree programme in Chemistry at the University of Groningen.
This selective 2-year programme is taught entirely 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. The research track in the programme offers several specializations with the possibility to design your own program:
Catalysis in Chemistry, Advanced Synthesis, Synthetic and Chemical Biology, Protein Biochemistry, Supramolecular Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry, Organometallic Chemistry, Theoretical Chemistry and Modelling, and Solid State materials and Sustainable energy.
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This profile emphasizes the societal aspects of Science. You will gain valuable research experience and learn to implement your chemical 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 a second research project in a lab abroad or in industry.
Apart from core 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, advanced spectroscopy, biocatalysis & protein engineering, organometallic chemistry, molecular dynamic, quantum mechanics, green chemistry, synthetic biology and systems chemistry.
Selective Master's degree programme
Admission to the Master's programme Chemistry is selective. Applicants have to fulfill the following admission requirements:
· An academic Bachelor's degree in Chemistry (or an equivalent degree)
· Sufficient English proficiency
I have everything that I want and that I am looking for here
After obtaining my Bachelor's degree, I considered moving to another city for my Master's degree programme, but I actually have everything that I want and that I am looking for here. I enjoy the way of working here as well as the emphasis on good interaction between the lecturers and students.
In the Master’s degree programme especially, you will work in small groups within various specializations and the lecturers will also share their thought processes and working methods with you. Next to that, skills and knowledge is taught that is applicable for all types of chemists.
I have almost finished the first year of the Master’s degree programme in Chemistry. After the summer, I will begin a study on stimuli-responsive hydrogels. This is a network of polymers comprising functional groups that respond to light or heat, for instance. I got in touch with someone within this research group who is doing his PhD, and I found it really interesting to hear about what type of research is going on there. From there I spoke with the leader of the group and he had a spot available for me.
I still don’t know exactly what I’d like to do once I graduate. A lot of chemists continue in research, but there are also a lot of industry jobs in the Northern Netherlands. Delfzijl, with its growing number of chemical companies, is of course close by; but even here on campus, an increasing number of businesses are coming to build test plants, for example, to conduct research in the field of green energy.
My tip for students choosing a Master’s degree programme: students sometimes think that this Master’s programme is very difficult. It is a highly academic programme that also focuses on giving presentations, writing reviews, and efficiently gaining knowledge. It is a lot, and it is also sometimes quite fast paced, but if you managed the Bachelor’s phase then you’ll be able to follow this Master’s programme just fine.
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.