The masters within the FSE consists of two years officially, it is common that the master might take longer. The core programmes for the masters consists of several courses, a Research Project and a second project. There are several moments for master orientation. First of all a master week is organized to introduce all master programmes of the University of Groningen for Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. Next to this the KNCV organizes the Carbon Masterdag, where all master programmes for Chemistry and/or Chemical Engineering of the Netherlands can introduce themselves. More information about the Carbon Masterdag can be found here.


The master Chemistry offers four specializations, which are in similar areas of expertise as those in the bachelor:

  1. Advanced Materials: This specialization focuses of the chemistry of functional materials, like material synthesis and self-assembly. Also on structural characterization techniques and functional properties.
  2. Catalysis and Green Chemistry: Here lies the focus on different aspects of catalysis by enzymes, also on synthetic homogenous and heterogenous catalysts.
  3. Chemical Biology: Here biology and its processes are studied using chemistry. Also topics like protein engineering and the biological systems are studied in this specialization.
  4. Science, Business and Policy: This specialization emphasizes the societal aspects of Science. You will learn how to implement your chemistry knowledge in companies and policy organisations.

For more information about the Chemistry master, check the UG website. The courses and description can be found on Ocasys.

Chemical Engineering

The master Chemical Engineering has five specializations:

  1. Advanced Process Technology:
  2. Polymer Products:
  3. Biobased Products:
  4. Industrial Catalysts
  5. Catalysis and Green Chemistry:

The Advanced Process Technology specialization focuses on the process technology part of Chemical Engineering whereas Polymer Products, Biobased Products and Industrial Catalysts are product technology focussed. Lastly the specialization Catalysis and Green Chemstry is a track combined with Chemistry focussing on different aspects of catalysis by enzymes. For more information, check the UG website. The courses and their description can be found on Ocasys.

There are several other masters that can be followed after finishing the bachelor Chemistry or Chemical Engineering. The two biggest masters of this list are the master Education and Communication and the master Energy and Environmental Sciences:

Education and Communication

The master Education and Communication is a master focussing on communicating science to society. This will be thought in two different manners, a Dutch programme (Education) focussing on becoming a teacher and an international programme (Communication) focussing on providing a foundation in the science, theory and practise of innovative teaching and effective communication. More information about these two specializations can be found here:

Energy and Environmental Sciences

The master Energy and Environmental Sciences focuses on tackling global challenges with respect to environment and sustainability. As these are huge challenges, the master focuses on energy, and is treating these challenges from a natural science perspective. It trains its students that the natural sciences approach is only a part of the story and collaboration with other scientific disciplines are necessarily. More information about the master can be found here.

Remaining Masters

Other masters that can be attend after finishing the bachelor Chemistry or Chemical engineering are:

1.    Erasmus Mundus Chemistry: Focusses on theoretical chemistry and computational modelling.

2.    Molecular Biology and Biotechnology: In this master you learn more about genetics, microbiology, cellbiology, and biochemistry

3.    Water Technology (joint degree): This master focuses on global water problems

4.    Nanoscience (Topmaster): Here you study the fundamental and functional properties of matter on the nanoscale.

5.    Biomolecular Sciences (Topmaster): This master prepares you for conducting research in the field of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology.

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