The masters within the FSE consist 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 in the Netherlands can introduce themselves. More information about the Carbon Masterdag can be found here.


Applying for the selective master
From the academic year 2020-2021, the Master Chemistry will be selective with a capacity of 50 students. To apply, when you have/will have a Dutch Bachelor's degree from Groningen, you will have to fill in an application form. You can find the application form here. In this application form the following documents have to be handed in (as a PDF with a maximum size of 5 MB, in English and named as "Family name_Chem_document name"):

  • Your Curriculum Vitae
  • The MSc Chemistry Checklist, so NOT a motivation letter. In this Checklist, you will find a motivation table and a key subjects table you have to fill in. You can download the Checklist by clicking here
  • Official transcript of records. A certified transcript should be requested at the Education Support Centre using a form. Click here.
  • Copy of Bachelor’s degree or an official statement of graduation, or if you have not obtained one yet, a document containing a description + planning of the remaining course units in your Bachelor's programme
  • A written report. This is your Bachelor thesis or your track practical report if you have not done your bachelor research project yet. 

The next deadline to apply to the master will be on the 1st of May, this is also the latest deadline. Additional deadlines, required documents and the application procedure 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 on 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, as well as on synthetic homogenous and heterogenous catalysts.
  3. Chemical Biology: Here biology and its processes are studied using chemistry. Also, topics like protein engineering and 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 descriptions can be found on Ocasys.

More information about the track "Science, Business and Policy":
Are you starting your master’s degree programme next year, and would you like to focus on the business or policy side of science? You can combine the Chemistry master's with the Science, Business & Policy track. During this track, you will be offered all the right tools to function as a professional in business or policy organisations, including a six-month internship as a scientific advisor. The SBP track has been proven to give students a head start in their careers; most students are offered a job by their internship organisation, right after graduating. Link to their website and Ocasys page.

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 Chemistry 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 of 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 practice of innovative teaching and effective communication. More information about these two specializations can be found here:

Energy and Environmental Sciences

The Master of 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 that collaboration with other scientific disciplines is necessary. More information about the master can be found here.

Remaining Masters

Other masters that can be attended after finishing the Bachelor of Chemistry or Chemical Engineering are:

  • Erasmus Mundus Chemistry: Focusses on theoretical chemistry and computational modelling.
  • Molecular Biology and Biotechnology: In this master, you learn more about genetics, microbiology, cell biology, and biochemistry
  • Water Technology (joint degree): This master focuses on global water problems
  • Nanoscience (Topmaster): Here you study the fundamental and functional properties of matter on the nanoscale.
  • Biomolecular Sciences (Topmaster): This master prepares you for conducting research in the field of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology.

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