MSc in Chemical Engineering

University of Groningen

Program Description

MSc in Chemical Engineering

University of Groningen

University of Groningen


Chemistry and Chemical Engineering in Groningen are the home of 2016 Nobel Prize winner Ben Feringa, who has won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his research on a light-driven rotary molecular motor.

How can you design a slow-release drug system and produce it in sufficient amounts? How can we make biodiesel from the Jatropha plant? How can we use waste products for pharmaceutical purposes?

These are some of the interesting questions you will be able to answer once you have completed the Master's degree programme in Chemical Engineering in Groningen. Groningen 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.

The two-year programme offers four specialisations, besides a core programme (compulsory for every student):

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

The first three specialisations focus on product sectors, whereas Advanced Process Technology is the one specialisation which focuses on process technology. In the core programme, you will deal with themes such as interfacial engineering, bio-based products, polymer products and advanced product engineering.

Your research project takes place in one of our research groups, including the Zernike Institute of Advanced Materials. The Zernike Institute is ranked in the Times Higher Education's Top 10 of world's best institutes in materials science. The institute is dedicated to a cross-disciplinary approach; in many research groups, physicists and chemists work closely together.

Programme options

Advanced Process Technology (specialization)

Bio-based Products (specialization)

Industrial Catalysts (specialization)

Polymeric Products (specialization)

HTSM Honours Master (honours program)

This Master's degree programme gives access to the additional, highly selective, High Tech Systems and Materials (HTSM) Honours Master.

The HTSM Honours Master is organized in cooperation with Philips and other major industry partners.

The programme is split into a core programme (95 ects, compulsory for every student) and four subprogrammes of 25 ects each:

  • Catalysis and Green Chemistry track
  • Product Technology track: Bio-based Products
  • Product Technology track: Industrial Catalysts
  • Product Technology track: Polymeric Products
  • 2-year programme; credits per year: 60 ECTS; most courses are 5 ECTS.

Study abroad

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

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

Internship: This programme 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

Specific requirements More information
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 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 required background knowledge. The admissions board determines whether the specific contents of this/these course(s) meet the admission requirements of the master programme for which you applied.
other admission requirements SCHOLARSHIPS

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

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Programme form
EU/EEA 2017-2018 € 2060 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2017-2018 € 14200 full-time

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
EU/EEA students 01 May 2018 01 September 2018
non-EU/EEA students 01 May 2018 01 September 2018

Job prospects

Chemical engineers from the University of Groningen are known for their flexibility and all-around 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 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 multinationals like Philips and Akzo Nobel
  • Work for a major IT company
  • PhD research position


Chemistry in Groningen has the CHE Excellence Label

Within the Master's degree programme 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 with unique performance properties. Recent examples include the design of water-swellable elastomer formulations for sealing applications in humid environments, the design of slow-release drug systems and the development of a process to isolate high molecular weight natural proteins.

Polymer process technology

This research area focuses mainly on the production of polymer and biopolymer materials via reactive extrusion and static mixer technology. Both extruders and static mixers are used as polymerisation reactors to produce a variety of polymers and copolymers in high viscous surroundings. Reactions studied include homopolymerization and co-polymerisation of methacrylates, styrene and urethanes but also a modification of starches and cellulose. Moreover, we use reactive extrusion for in-situ compatibilization for both new, high-quality blends and for the recycling of plastic waste. Recent research focuses on the use of mollified thermoplastic starches for the production of strong, biodegradable packaging materials.

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.

Combustion technology

The formal collaboration between Gasunie (the major supplier of natural gas in the Netherlands) and the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Groningen has resulted in research on Combustion Engineering. The research activities are aimed at obtaining fundamental insights into the behaviour of combustion systems, for example, combustion stability, energy efficiency and pollutant formation. Based on new insights provided by engineering models, guidelines and advice for designers and manufacturers of combustion equipment can be formulated.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 23, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2019
24 months
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14,200 EUR
Netherlands - Groningen, Groningen
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