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Chemistry (MSc)

About the programme

The MSc programme Chemistry offers one research specialisation where you can focus on either Chemical Biology or Energy & Sustainability. If you would like to combine Chemistry with education, management or science communication, you can choose one of the other specialisations.

Programme overview Chemistry

The MSc Chemistry programme offers four specialisations:

The research specialisation comprises research training projects to a total of at least 60 EC, including a presentation for the group and a written report (the master thesis). The major research project is carried out in the institute under the supervision of the mentor. The mentor guides you in your research project(s) and will advise you which courses best fit in with the research topic and study planning.

Find out more about the Research specialisation:

If you choose the education, science communication of science based business specialisation, you need to follow specific modules (30-60 EC) and therefore have a reduced research programme which consists of compulsory chemistry components (60 EC) and electives (max 30 EC). The compulsory chemistry components comprise a research training project (30 EC), four core courses to be selected from the core chemistry MSc courses (24 EC) and a course related to academic training (6 EC). 

Find out more about the programme outline of the specialisations:

Educational methods

  • Thesis Talks
  • Colloquium
  • Literature study
  • Lab work
  • Writing of essays
  • Presentations
  • Lectures
  • Project groups
  • Working group

Study guidance

At the start of the programme you will choose a personal mentor in a research group related to the selected research area. The mentor will be your personal coach during the complete master's programme. You will also use a digital Master planner to schedule your studies. The schedule will be monitored by your mentor and the study coordinator. During your master programme you will become a member of one of the research groups at the Leiden Institute of Chemistry (LIC) and receive the necessary guidance.