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Chemistry (MSc)

As a student in the MSc Chemistry programme offered by the Leiden Institute of Chemistry (LIC) you will focus your studies on one of the two main research areas of the LIC. Students in the research area Chemical Biology will study fundamental biological and biomedical problems to understand physiological processes at the molecular level. Students in the research area Energy & Sustainability will focus on the development of new sources of sustainable energy and the use of storage of energy or the development of new catalysts. The programme offers four specialisations (research, business studies, communication and education) and gives you a great deal of freedom in composing your tailored study programme.

Yael Kerstholt

1st year student

Yael Kerstholt

I’m mainly interested in the biological side of Chemistry: the Chemistry of living systems. I couldn’t find that at many universities, which was one of the primary reasons Leiden appealed to me.

Another point is that the research groups here are working from a perspective of medical application. The research is about a disease or medicine which I like: the applicability of research is important to me. Furthermore, the programme is extremely flexible. The master Chemistry and LST are quite related, because they work together. This means that as a Chemistry student, one can choose courses from LST and the other way around. There are students who love organic Chemistry and they can focus on that part. For me, I’m more into Biology and I can focus on that.

What does this master’s programme entail?

Depending on the choice of specialisation you may spend 30 EC up to 80 EC in research training projects within the institute or in part in other research laboratories. 

  • If you focus your studies on Chemical Biology you will study fundamental biological and biomedical problems to understand physiological processes at the molecular level via a fundamental approach. The courses in chemical biology are designed to provide you with knowledge for the design and development of molecules and materials relevant for human disease. In the research training project you will apply this knowledge and gain experience with the tools and techniques used in our labs.  
  • If you focus your studies on Energy & Sustainability you will learn the fundamentals of chemical reactions and techniques that are of importance to the sustainable, efficient production and storage of energy, as well as the subsequent use of stored energy. Research groups in Energy & Sustainability aim to elucidate mechanisms, design and test better catalysts and create new materials, all with a focus on the molecular processes that are at the basis of the conversion of solar energy to chemical energy. Techniques used include advanced spectroscopy, nano-imaging, inorganic synthesis, theoretical modelling and catalysis (electrochemical, heterogeneous, homogeneous, and photochemical).

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Why study Chemistry at Leiden University?

  • You can tailor your programme based on your ambitions and interests within the research areas Chemical Biology or Energy & Sustainability.
  • During your programme, you will be part of a multidisciplinary research team of internationally renowned researchers where you will conduct your Master research project.
  • You will receive personal guidance from a mentor of choice, who is a member of one of our international and young research groups.

Find more reasons to choose Chemistry at Leiden University.

Chemistry: the right master’s programme for you?

The programme is open for students with an internationally recognized bachelor’s degree in chemistry or a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in chemistry.  Chemistry is the right master’s programme for you if you are interested in fundamental chemistry and applied research. You will be trained for a career in research within or outside academia. You can also choose a specialisation where you combine one year of Chemistry research with one year of training in business, communication or education.

Read more about the entry requirements for Chemistry.

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