MSc in Chemistry - Molecular Design, Synthesis and Catalysis

University of Amsterdam

Program Description

MSc in Chemistry - Molecular Design, Synthesis and Catalysis

University of Amsterdam

Is Molecular Sciences at the UvA the study for me?

It is, if you:

  • have a solid background in the core disciplines of chemistry
  • are interested in using the molecule as the starting point for gaining fundamental insights about materials and chemical, biological and physical processes
  • want to move from understanding chemical and physical processes, to predicting and controlling them
  • are eager to apply your knowledge and skills in areas of fundamental importance to society such as energy, sustainability, health and materials sciences
  • want the benefits of a small-scale programme in which students and staff are in close contact.

What does Molecular Sciences at the UvA have to offer me?

This track covers areas in Chemistry that traditionally are associated with Organic and Inorganic Chemistry, Catalysis, Physical Chemistry and Theoretical Chemistry. The track allows you to become an expert in

  • designing new compounds with specific properties, often with the aid of computational methods
  • devising efficient methods for the synthesis of new compounds
  • developing clean and selective catalysts
  • using the interaction of light and matter to observe and control chemical and physical processes
  • developing and applying methods in computational and theoretical chemistry in research of structure, dynamics and function in atomic, (bio)molecular and multi-scale systems.

The programme is embedded in various leading national and international research institutes, such as the Research Priority Area Sustainable Chemistry of the University of Amsterdam, the Amsterdam Center for Multiscale Modeling (ACMM, part of CECAM) and the LaserLab Amsterdam (part of LaserLab Europe). These collaborations provide you with direct access to a broad pool of experts in relevant fields of study.

Joint degree programme with VU University Amsterdam

This is a joint degree programme of the University of Amsterdam and VU University Amsterdam. Courses are given at the two Faculties of Science. Graduates receive a diploma accredited by both universities. Therefore, as a Chemistry student you benefit from the expertise, networks and research projects at both universities.


The programme requires 5 courses to be chosen from the following list of topics. As there are no restrictions on the choice of courses, the programme thus offers unique possibilities for both an in-depth specialisation in one particular area or a tailor-made programme in which various areas and methods are combined.

Molecular Design

  • Physical Organic Chemistry
  • Molecular Computational Chemistry
  • Supramolecular Chemistry and Nanomaterials


  • Synthetic Organic Chemistry
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
  • Bio-Organic Chemistry


  • Coordination and Organometallic Chemistry
  • Homogeneous Catalysis
  • Heterogeneous Catalysis

Theory and Modelling

  • Quantum Theory of Molecules and Matter
  • Statistical Theory of Complex Molecular Systems
  • Understanding Molecular Simulation
  • Understanding Quantum Chemistry


  • Lasers and Quantum Optics
  • Advanced Experimental Techniques
  • Ultrafast Laser Physics

Elective courses

  • Green Chemistry
  • Catalysis for Sustainable Energy
  • Density Functional Theory for Chemists
  • Scientific Programming

and all courses from this track mentioned above, as well as the other MSc Chemistry tracks including ATOSIM.

The interaction between research and teaching forms the basis for a high-level academic programme optimized to individual students' interests. Students design their own programme in consultation with the Track Coordinator, and submit it to the examination committee for approval.

Master's thesis

The programme's research training takes place in the form of a major research project, usually within one of the participating research groups. The project culminates in a written Master's thesis. A literature study and oral presentation complete the programme.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Cost & Fees

The statutory tuition fee (except for the part-time rate) is determined annually by the Dutch government. Institutional tuition fee rates are set by the higher education institutions individually, and apply to students who do not meet the conditions for the statutory tuition fee rate.

The tuition fee rate is valid for a full academic year. The rate for enrolment as of 1 February can be determined by calculating 7/12ths of the given rate.

Statutory tuition fees 2016-2017

Specification Amount

  • full-time students € 1,984
  • part-time students € 1,706
  • dual programme students € 1,984
  • AUC students € 4,154
  • PPLE students € 3,968

Information for students from the Netherlands, the EEA, the EU, Switzerland and Suriname.

Students from the Netherlands, other countries within the European Economic Area (EEA), the EU, Switzerland and Suriname pay the statutory tuition fees if they satisfy the legal requirements. Institutional fee for students who do not qualify for the statutory fees

You are required to pay the institutional tuition fee if:

  • you are not a national of an EU or EEA Member State, Switzerland or Suriname;
  • after obtaining your Dutch Bachelor's degree you enrol in a second Bachelor's programme;
  • after obtaining your Dutch Master's degree you enrol in a second Master's programme;
  • you fail to satisfy all the conditions under one of the UvA's transitional arrangements. You can find the regulations in the 2015-2016 Enrolment Provisions or the 2016-2017 Enrolment Provisions (in Dutch).

Last updated December 22, 2016
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24 months
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12,000 EUR
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