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Chemistry (MSc)

Programme structure

In the MSc Chemistry programme you will focus your studies on one of the two main research areas of the LIC, Chemical Biology or Energy & Sustainability, and one specialisation.


The emphasis of the MSc Chemistry programme is on motivating and stimulating the students to work as young academics and to develop themselves in an optimal way. The two-year programme consists of 120 EC and offers four specialisations. Students can also complete a double specialisation comprising 150 – 180 EC, depending on the specific combination. 

Depending on the specialisation, students follow a shared set of core courses from either of the two research areas. The table below gives an overview of the credit distribution.

  Research EDU SCS BS
Research Training Project 60 30/40 30 30
Academic Skills 6 6 6 6
Core Courses 24 24 24 24
Elective Courses 24 0/20 20 20
Specialisation-Specific Components 6 60/30 40 40
Total 120 120 120 120


Multiple specialisations

In the chemistry master programme students have the opportunity to follow multiple specialisations. Students should contact the study advisor and/or discuss with their mentor how they should combine multiple specialisations. An example of a programme of a student with a double specialisation in Research and Business studies (160 EC) can be seen in the image below.

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