MSc in Chemical Engineering


Program Description

University of Groningen

How can you increase the sustainability of a chemical process? How can you make biodiesel from the Jatropha plant?

How can you design a catalyst to convert the greenhouse gas CO2 into a biodegradable polymer? How can you recycle used car tires into a waterproof rubber coating? How can you develop a new polymer that helps oil recovery from underground reservoirs?

These are some of the interesting questions you will be able to answer once you have completed the Master's degree program in Chemical Engineering in Groningen. The two-year program offers a core program and then the choice between four specializations: Advanced Process Technology, Bio-based Products, Industrial Catalysts, and Polymeric Products.

Your research project will take place in one of our research groups in the field of Green Chemical Reaction Engineering and Chemical Product Technology. The Green Chemical Reaction Engineering group investigates the development of highly intensified catalytic technology for biomass conversion to biofuels and biobased chemicals. The Chemical Product Technology group performs research for the design of new or improved chemical products. Particular attention is devoted to the development of new catalytic systems and of polymeric products for specific applications. These activities are generally framed in a comprehensive sustainability context.

The unique feature of studying this Master program at the University of Groningen is the combination of a wide range of Chemical Engineering topics with a solid background in Chemistry and a focus on Sustainability, which will allow you to become a modern chemical engineer that is well versed in both Product and Process Technology.

Why study this program in Groningen?

  • Chemical Engineers from Groningen are known for their flexibility and all-round skills
  • Chemistry field in Groningen has CHE Excellence Label
  • Best Chemical Engineering Master's degree program in the Netherlands according to Elsevier
  • A lot of graduates make a career at major companies



The two-year program offers four chemical engineering specializations:

  • Bio-based Products
  • Industrial Catalysis
  • Polymeric Products
  • Advanced Process Technology

The first three specializations focus on product sectors, whereas Advanced Process Technology is the one specialization that focuses on process technology.

An additional track (Catalysis and Green chemistry) is offered in cooperation with the master program in Chemistry.

The program is split into a core program (95 ECTS, compulsory for every student), a subprogram of 15 ECTS, and 10 ECTS choice. In the core program, you will deal with themes such as interfacial engineering, bio-based products, polymer products, and advanced product engineering.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional
  • Study abroad is recommended
  • For an average of 20 weeks
  • Maximum of 60 EC

Exchange: All our science and engineering programs offer study abroad possibilities at a number of partner institutions. Our partners include top-100 universities in Europe (for example in Germany, the UK, and Sweden) and in the USA, China, South-East Asia, and South America. Our exchange programs have a typical duration of one semester and count toward your final degree.

Internship: This program offers you the opportunity to carry out an internship at a company in the Netherlands or abroad. Our choice of industry partners ranges from large multinationals (such as Shell, Philips, Unilever) to dynamic small-medium enterprises in the Groningen area. The internship has a typical duration of 3 to 4 months and counts towards your final degree.

Admission requirements

Dutch diploma

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Knowledge minimum Sufficient English proficiency on VWO level is required.
Previous education Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering.

International diploma

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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 the general level of previous education and specific background knowledge.

Previous education

A Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering with elements of (polymer) chemistry. Interested candidates with a background in the field of food/biotechnology will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

This is merely an indication of the required background knowledge. The admissions board determines whether the specific contents of this/these course(s) meet the admission requirements of the master program for which you applied.


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.

Language requirements

Exam Minimum score
IELTS overall band 6.5
TOEFL paper-based 580
TOEFL computer-based 237
TOEFL internet-based 92

Registration procedure

The Admissions Board will decide whether you can be admitted to the Master's degree program. Applications are evaluated on a continuous basis. You do not have to wait until the application deadline to apply.

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
Dutch students

15 October 2020

01 May 2021

15 October 2021

01 February 2021

01 September 2021

01 February 2022

EU/EEA students

15 October 2020

01 May 2021

15 October 2021

01 February 2021

01 September 2021

01 February 2022

non-EU/EEA students

15 October 2020

01 May 2021

15 October 2021

01 February 2021

01 September 2021

01 February 2022

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Program form
EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 2143 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 17500 full-time

Job prospects

Chemical engineers from the University of Groningen are known for their flexibility and all-round skills. As a graduate, you could choose a career in a company like Corus, DSM, Akzo Nobel or Philips. Major IT companies are also keen to recruit chemical engineers from Groningen. Job possibilities in the region are expanding rapidly. Groningen is developing a new industry and there is a high demand for well-trained new staff. You could also decide on a research position at a university.

Job examples

  • Work for consulting and engineering firms
  • Work for multinationals like Philips and Akzo Nobel
  • Work for a major IT company
  • Ph.D. research position


Chemistry in Groningen has the CHE Excellence Label

Within the Master's degree program Chemical Engineering you can conduct research in the following fields of expertise:

Design and engineering of new and improved products and processes

A structured methodology is applied to design and develop materials and processes with unique performance properties. Recent examples include the design of:

  • Water-swellable elastomer formulations for sealing applications in oil wells;
  • Novel polymeric materials for enhanced oil recovery;
  • New biobased and renewable (polymeric) products;
  • New processes for biomass conversion.

Cooperation with many industrial sponsors ensures fast applicability of the obtained results in relevant and actual industrial problems.


Most processes in the chemical industry rely on the use of a suitable catalyst to produce the desired compounds with high yield and selectivity. Therefore, the design and development of enhanced catalysts are of crucial importance. Catalysis is also essential to achieve the production of chemicals according to the Green Chemistry principles. At the Department of Chemical Engineering of the University of Groningen, you will learn how to synthesize, characterize and test the next generation of industrial catalysts, with a special focus on the production of useful chemicals from the renewable and bio-based feedstock, such as CO2, glycerol, or agricultural wastes.

Chemical reaction engineering

In the coming years, this research area will also move towards a product-oriented approach with a 'green' (renewable resources) accent. Examples include a) the modification of renewable polymers like starch and cellulose using new processes to obtain new structured products, and b) the design of new processes for platform chemicals based on renewable feedstock. Green Chemistry principles are being employed to assist the development of more sustainable chemical processes. Innovative reactor designs using process intensification methods such as miniaturization are being used aiming at a substantial improvement in the reaction efficiency and fast extraction of kinetic information.

Last updated Jun 2020

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