Chemistry is the central science enabling a healthy future in a sustainable society. You will learn to take a fundamental approach in finding tailored solutions for complex societal problems.
What does this master’s programme entail?
The aim of this two-year programme is to train you as an independent scientist and to develop the necessary skills and proficiency to advance your career. The master's programme in Chemistry offers you access to cutting edge research.
The research is concentrated in two major research areas:
- Chemical Biology: within this research area you will study fundamental biological and biomedical problems to understand physiological processes at the molecular level and to gather more knowledge on human health and illnesses.
- Energy & Sustainability: within this research area you will focus on the development of new sources of sustainable energy and the use of storage of energy. For example, you will be working on the development of a new generation of catalysts for the production of solar fuels.
There is a strong and old tradition of excellent science in Leiden. We had well-known guests like Albert Einstein and Paul Ehrenfest. The discovery of liquid helium made Leiden University famous. We perform science at the highest international level. We have a new building with top-notch facilities for research. We have a cell observatory where you can grow cells just a few meters from the laser lab and at another door, you find synthetic facilities. Having all these new facilities makes Leiden University a nice environment to work in.
Why study Chemistry at Leiden University?
- You can tailor your programme based on your ambitions and interests within the research areas Chemical Biology or Energy & Sustainability.
- During your programme, you will be part of a multidisciplinary research team of internationally renowned researchers where you will conduct your Master research project.
- You will receive personal guidance from a mentor of choice, who is a member of one of our international and young research groups.
New building with state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities
You will receive personal guidance from a mentor of choice, who is a member of one of our international and young research groups. At the Cell Observatory, we visualize the dynamic structures of life - from molecule to cell to organism -with the ultimate goal to tackle the disease, for instance, to reduce the spread of cancer and develop new medicines for tuberculosis. The development of new medicines is one of the core efforts of Leiden University.
- Chemistry and Education
- Chemistry and Science Communication and Society
- Chemistry and Business Studies
- Research in Chemistry
Chemistry: the right master’s programme for you?
The programme is open for students with an internationally recognized bachelor's degree in chemistry or a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in chemistry. Chemistry is the right master's programme for you if you are interested in fundamental chemistry and applied research. You will be trained for a career in research within or outside academia. You can also choose a specialisation where you combine one year of Chemistry research with one year of training in business, communication or education.
Admission and application
Do you want to apply for the master’s programme Chemistry at Leiden University? Find out how to apply for your programme by following the step-by-step guide in the application and admission section: