The Chemistry Master's programme is closely related to the research of the Institute for Molecules and Materials (IMM) and the research is at the interface between chemistry, biology and physics.


The Master's programme in Chemistry aims at specialisation (major) in one of the following fields:

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Applied Materials Science
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biomolecular
  • Chemistry
  • Bio-Organic Chemistry
  • Biophysical Chemistry
  • Human and Environmental Risk Assessment
  • Molecule and Biophysics
  • Molecular and Laser Physics
  • Molecular Materials
  • Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Protein Biophysics
  • Scanning Probe Microscopy
  • Solid State Chemistry
  • Solid State NMR
  • Supra-Molecular Chemistry
  • Synthetic Organic Chemistry
  • Theoretical Chemistry


The programme offers the following specialisations:

  • Chemistry of Life
  • Molecular Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Science in Society
  • Science, Management and Innovation

There is a major research project during an internship, a minor research project based on an internship in Nijmegen or anywhere in the world. Time is also scheduled for a theory with basic and advanced courses related to the major subject, philosophy and elective courses.

Unique equipment

Our Faculty of Science has unique facilities and equipment for investigating the properties of materials and molecules. The High Field Magnet Laboratory (HFML) attracts scientists from all over the world to Nijmegen. In addition, we have the NanoLab, the NMR Lab and the Laser Lab. Our newest acquisition is a Free Electron Laser which we have been able to build thanks to funding of 23 million euros from the Dutch government. Also, this Nijmegen Centre for Advanced Spectrometry draws top international researchers to Nijmegen.

Career prospects

Most of our graduates take up a PhD position, either in Nijmegen or elsewhere in the world. Our research institutes have many vacancies for PhD projects every year. Our graduates also find work as researchers and managers in industry, in business and in research institutes.

Quality label

For the third time in a row, this programme was rated number one in the category Chemistry in the Netherlands by the Keuzegids Masters 2015 (Guide to Master's programmes).

Admission requirements

As an international student, your prior education must meet certain requirements.

1. A completed Bachelor's degree in Chemistry

Entering the Master’s programme in Chemistry requires a Bachelor’s degree in:

  • Chemistry
  • Chemical Technology
  • An equivalent Chemistry-related programme

Your degree has to be equivalent to a Dutch university diploma. The Examination Board will determine if an international student has the required knowledge to be admitted. The Examination Board will also indicate if the student is required to follow specific courses from the Bachelor's programme to eliminate possible deficiencies.

2. A proficiency in English In order to take part in this programme, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English. Non-native speakers of English without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following:

  • A TOEFL score of >90;
  • An IELTS score of ≥6.5;
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher


Programmes starting in September

  • Non-EEA students: 1 April.
  • EEA students: 1 May.

Quality label

This programme was rated ‘Best Master's Programme’ by Elsevier magazine’s annual survey of the best degree programmes.

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Last updated January 29, 2019
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