MSc Chemistry

University of Groningen

Program Description

MSc Chemistry

University of Groningen

MSc Chemistry

How can I make a flexible and cheap solar cell out of organic molecules? Can I build a car engine on a molecular level? How do I make a colour television that can be folded up? These are a few of the fascinating questions you will encounter as a chemist in Groningen. Following the Master’s degree programme in Chemistry at the University of Groningen means studying in an internationally highly respected research environment, usually with a cross-disciplinary approach.

The research programme of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Groningen is embedded in the Zernike Institute of Advanced Materials and the Stratingh Institute, which are officially recognized national centre of leading research in materials science in the Netherlands.

Eager to expand your knowledge and experience?

The department 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 in one of the following fields of chemistry:

  • Molecular Science: develops the understanding of molecular aspects and applies this understanding to the fields of nanotechnology, supramolecular chemistry, synthetic chemistry, catalysis and the chemistry of life sciences.
  • Chemical Physics: the physical and chemical properties of atoms, molecules and condensed matter by means of experimental techniques and theoretical methods. Within the fields of Chemical Physics, you can choose between theoretical chemistry and solid state chemistry.
  • Polymer Science: helps you gain a deeper understanding of the physical and chemical structure and properties of polymers, and focuses on the development of thin films and surfaces and biomaterials.

Study Programme

All students must complete a research project and a 'colloquium'

The two-year Master’s programme consists of 120 ECTS credits. All students must complete the following:

  • a research project (of at least 30 ECTS),
  • a ‘colloquium’ (literature survey and a presentation about a chemical subject) (9 ECTS).

The research project takes place in a research group within one of the three specializations: Molecular Science, Chemical Physics or Polymer Science. The actual programme depends on the candidate’s previous knowledge and experience, and will be determined on an individual basis. There will also be a number of practical laboratory experiments.

For the research variant (the P-variant) students must complete in addition:

  • a second research project (30 ECTS at most), possibly at another university or company
  • the courses specific for the chosen specialization
  • additional optional courses in agreement with the supervisor

Research projects are a part of the study in which experimental and/or theoretical and/or descriptive scientific research is carried out in a chemical subject at the Department of Chemistry. Taking part in a research group at our department means dealing with internationally highly recommended research, usually with a cross-disciplinary approach. Each research project should be concluded by a written report and a presentation and should be carried out under the daily supervision of a tutor associated with the Department of Chemistry.

Depending on the chosen specialization, a second research project or an internship, of a minimum of 30 ECTS, can be part of the programme. The second research project or internship should preferably deal with a different subject and should be supervised by a different lecturer. Research groups outside the department are allowed, for example in a company or at a foreign university.

Admissions Requirements for international students

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry
  • The Admission Board may decide you need to take supplementary courses
  • Proof of English proficiency is required (TOEFL 580/237/92, IELTS 6.5, Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English), with the exception of students whose native language is English

Duration: 24 months

Language: English (100%)

Start course: September 05, 2016

Application deadlines:

  • EU/EEA students: May 01, 2016
  • non-EU/EEA students: May 01, 2016
This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
2 years
Full time
1,984 EUR
Start date Sept. 2017
Netherlands Groningen
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Netherlands Groningen
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Duration 2 years
Price 1,984 EUR
- EU, 13.900 EUR. - non-EU per year