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Chemistry (MSc)

Why Leiden University?

The Chemistry research in Leiden is conducted in two major research areas: Chemical Biology and Energy & Sustainability. You will be part of one of our multidisciplinary research teams.

Research in Energy & Sustainability

Twenty years from now, the world population is estimated to be around 8.3 billion people. In combination with the improvements in living standards and the corresponding growth in consumption, this will result in an enormous increase in the demand for food, consumables, water and energy. In this programme you will investigate applied technological and fundamental chemical solutions to meet those demands.

Research in Chemical Biology

Chemical biology research at the Leiden Institute of Chemistry is aimed at understanding biological processes at the molecular level to strengthen the knowledge base of human health and disease. In this programme the approach to achieve this goal is a fundamental chemical one; with the aid of chemical probes biological systems are investigated.

Access to top research facilities

The Leiden Institute of Chemistry has access to a number of key facilities which enables our research groups and therefore students to carry out their innovative research. Leiden Chemists have access to e.g. a Cell Observatory, an NMR Facility, Cloning & Protein purification Facility, and peptide synthesizers. Read more about the facilities

Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science is a first-class research faculty with an excellent position in the basic disciplines of science. The current research and education programmes span the entire spectrum of science ranging from Mathematics and Statistical Science, Computer Science and Data Science, Astrophysics, Physics, Chemistry and Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences to Biology and Environmental Sciences. Our science community is driven by their curiosity and desire to increase basic knowledge, for science and to contribute to the great societal challenges of today and tomorrow. Core values are scientific impact, technological innovation and relevance to society. 

Study at a world-class university

Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands and enjoys an excellent worldwide reputation built up over more than four centuries. Since 1575 we’ve provided sound personal education for hundreds of thousands of students. We’ll do our utmost to give you the best possible support. And if you can and want to do more, we’ll challenge you at every step of the way. For many years, we’ve been among the leaders in Dutch university rankings aand we are currently to be found in a variety of top international rankings too.
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