Master in Chemistry
The Master’s programme in Chemistry is a challenging degree programme for students who already have a solid background in chemistry and who are eager to expand their knowledge and experience. Chemistry is not an isolated discipline: it forms the bridge between biology at one end of the spectrum (biomolecular chemistry) and physics at the other end (physical-theoretical chemistry). A Master’s in Chemistry can lead to an exciting, well-paid career with extensive opportunities for pursuing your ambitions.
The programme in a nutshell
The Master's is a two-year programme (120 ECTS) taught in English. The Master’s programme consists of your individual specialization track combined with your chosen profile.
Each track encompasses compulsory (theoretical) courses, a research project including a Master's thesis, a literature thesis and a colloquium, as well as optional courses or a work placement. The first year focuses on your knowledge of chemistry theory. The second year is devoted to your specialization or career profile.
The four specializations you can choose from:
- Analytical Sciences
- Molecular Design, Synthesis & Catalysis
- Molecular Simulation & Photonics
- Science for Energy and Sustainability
Organizations and companies in the chemical sector are always on the lookout for talent. There are many different career opportunities, depending on your choice of profile and specialization track.
A job as a researcher
Research positions are available with institutes like TNO or Solvay. Industrial giants like AKZO Nobel and DSM are eager to hire chemists.
A job as a manager or consultant
Are you more interested in a job in public administration or business? You can find work in industry or in government institutions. These are often posts in the chemicals industry, with inspection services or consultancy firms, where there is an emphasis on management and/or policy aspects and where communication with professionals from different backgrounds is an important skill. Government posts might include jobs with ministries or enforcement agencies.
A job in education or communication
Students who opt for the education profile often find work as teachers. If you choose to follow the communication profile, then you could find work as a public relations officer, a science journalist or an education officer at a publishing house or museum.
The requirements are split up into Masters’ specialization specific requirements and general requirements.
Specific requirements master’s programme
Students with a Dutch preliminary education
- The Master’s in Chemistry is open to students:
- with a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry
- with a Bachelor's degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences
- with a Bachelor's degree from a relevant Dutch hbo programme
- Students who want to specialize in the Education variant must have successfully completed the third year Bachelor orientation course on education (12 ECTS).
HBO (HLO) graduates
- If you are a hbo graduate you do not have to take a premaster’s assessment to gain admission to the Master's programme in Chemistry. Instead, the Master's coordinator will hold an intake interview with you. When you fulfill all requirements, the Master's coordinator will provide you a declaration stating that you do not need to take the premaster’s assessment. Send in this declaration with your application form.
- If you are a hbo student and you would like to follow one of our minor programmes, please subscribe as a bachelor student.
Students with an international preliminary education
- Direct admission tot the Master's programme in Chemistry is possible with a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry. Students with a Bachelor's degree in a related subject will have to satisfy certain entry requirements depending on the course they have in mind. The Master's programme provides opportunities to fill specific gaps in your knowledge.
General language proficiency requirements
VU University Amsterdam requires international applicants to take an English test and to submit their score as a part of the application. Exceptions are made for students who have completed their education in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia or who have obtained an international Baccalaureate or European Baccalaureate diploma.
Last updated December 2, 2015