Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Chemistry in Groningen is the home of the recipient of 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Ben Feringa, for his research in photochemistry and especially light-driven rotary molecular motors.

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typeregulier, 120 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
numerus fixusnee
honoursheeft honours track

How can I make a novel antibiotics from functional organic compounds? Can I build an motor at the molecular level? Can I synthesize life-like artificial molecular systems? Can we make energy storage sustainable? You will encounter these questions and many more in the Master's degree programme in Chemistry at the University of Groningen.

This selective 2-year programme is taught entirely in English and embedded in an internationally leading research environment. The programme offers a great deal of freedom in topics and has a strong focus on research; students spend 50% of their time in research labs. The research track in the programme offers several specializations with the possibility to design your own program:

Catalysis in Chemistry, Advanced Synthesis, Synthetic and Chemical Biology, Protein Biochemistry, Supramolecular Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry, Organometallic Chemistry, Theoretical Chemistry and Modelling, and Solid State materials and Sustainable energy.

› Science, Business and Policy
This profile emphasizes the societal aspects of Science. You will gain valuable research experience and learn to implement your chemical knowledge in companies and policy organisations.

The Chemistry research project takes place in a research group within or across one of these specialisations. These groups are associated with three main research institutes that focus on chemistry: the Stratingh Institute for Chemistry, the Zernike Institute of Advanced Materials, and the Groningen Biomolecular Science & Biotechnology Institute. The programme also offers the opportunity to do a second research project in a lab abroad or in industry.

Apart from core subjects including reaction mechanism and spectroscopic methods, we teach and offer research projects across the entire spectrum of Chemistry, including: (in)organic synthesis, stereochemistry, polymer chemistry, supramolecular chemistry, homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, advanced spectroscopy, biocatalysis & protein engineering, organometallic chemistry, molecular dynamic, quantum mechanics, green chemistry, synthetic biology and systems chemistry.

Selective Master's degree programme

Admission to the Master's programme Chemistry is selective. Applicants have to fulfill the following admission requirements:

· An academic Bachelor's degree in Chemistry (or an equivalent degree)

· Sufficient English proficiency

Waarom aan de RUG?

  • Excellent research training by world leading scientists
  • Opportunity to spend time in industry and/or go abroad
  • Several specializations and the opportunity to design your own programme


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track Research Track

Students are recommended to follow one of the specialisations listed below:

  1. Catalysis in Chemistry
  2. Advanced Synthesis
  3. Synthesis & Chemical Biology
  4. Supramolecular Chemistry
  5. Polymer Chemistry
  6. Organometallic Chemistry
  7. Theoretical Chemistry and Modelling
  8. Solid State materials and Sustainable energy
  9. Chemical Biology
  10. Protein Biochemistry

Students who wish to follow an open program must submit their program for approval including confirmation of the program's coherence and sufficient coverage of the Eindtermen of the Masters Chemistry program.

track Science, Business & Policy

Interested in the business side of science? You can combine this Master's programme with the Science Business & Policy profile. The SBP profile includes a six-month internship as a scientific advisor.

You focus on the interface between Chemistry and Business and Policy emphasizing the societal aspects of Science. You will learn to implement your chemistry knowledge in companies and policy organisations. This is not only important for students who aspire an entrepreneurial business career, but also for all those researchers who wish to work within or collaborate with industry or governmental institutions.

For the complete curriculum, please see:

track Theoretical Chemistry and Computational Modeling

The Erasmus Mundus Programme in Theoretical Chemistry and Computational Modeling is a research oriented programme, organised by the University of Groningen and universities from five other countries.

The programme specialises in the use and development of computational techniques in molecular sciences.
You will start the programme at one of the universities, follow a four-week Intensive Course in another country and spend at least 10 weeks at a partner university. Upon completion of the program, students will be awarded double degrees from two partner universities.

For the complete curriculum, please see:


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet20% zelfstudie
20% theorie
60% praktijk
study abroad
Exchange: All our science and engineering programmes offer study abroad possibilities at a number of partner institutions. Our partners include top-100 universities in Europe (for example in Germany, UK, and Sweden) and in the USA, China, South-East Asia, and South America. Our exchange programmes have a typical duration of one semester and count toward your final degree.
honours-/excellence program HTSM Honours Master

This Master's degree programme gives access to the additional, highly selective, High Tech Systems and Materials (HTSM) Honours Master.

The HTSM Honours Master is organized in cooperation with Philips and other major industry partners.

Toelating en kosten


1 september 2023

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2023
wettelijk tarief : € 2314 (€1157 in het eerste jaar)
instellingstarief : € 17000
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 20700

1 september 2024

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2024
collegegeld nog niet bekend

The Board of Admissions will decide whether you can be admitted to the Master's degree programme.

Please fill out this checklist to describe why you are applying for this Master's degree programme (questions to be addressed are outlined in the form).


Bachelor's degree in Chemistry or relevant field. Information about admission possibilities and requirements for students from a Dutch HBO institute is published on:

Sufficient English proficiency on VWO level is required.

studie kosten
bron: Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
bedrag kostenpost
€ 9500levensonderhoudper jaar
€ 75inschrijvingsgeldin het eerste jaar
€ 950studiematerialenper jaar
€ 750visa/permitvoor de gehele opleiding

estimated monthly costs

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303kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1171totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Studenten en studentenleven


81 studenten volgen deze opleiding
32% daarvan is vrouw
8 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
75% daarvan is vrouw
29331 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData


Chemische Binding
De Chemische Binding, or CB, is the study association for students taking a programme in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering at the University of Groningen.
<p>The name translates as <em>The Chemical Bond</em>. The association aims to represent the interests of all students of chemistry and chemical engineering by organizing activities to enhance learning, such as practise sessions and excursions.  It also provides an opportunity for students to join each other in less serious activities, such as the weekly drinks get-together, the annual Christmas dinner and a night-time volleyball tournament with a beer relay race.</p>

Op kamers in Groningen

55216studenten studerend
31914studenten woonachtig   
€ 303gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Lieke Germain
Plenty of freedom in choosing your own study programme

What I really like about this Master's degree programme is that there is plenty of freedom inchoosing your own study programme. I chose to study chemistry because I wanted to work onsolving sustainability problems. In the Bachelor's degree programme, I discovered that I am alsoreally interested in materials science. Within this Master's programme, I can combine these twotopics very well. In addition, I find the contact with the lecturers very good.

I am currently doing a research study on self-
healing solid polymer electrolytes, which provides a nice combination of synthesis and analysis. I find
it a very interesting topic, and I enjoy being able to take such a deep dive into a subject. You really
start to notice how your knowledge from the Bachelor’s programme is now becoming integrated –
you know more and can do more things independently.I would like to do my second research study this year at a company to compare that experience with
my current, more fundamental research. In this way, I am hoping to discover whether I would like to
continue doing research or join the business world. I also took the Teacher-training Minor during my
Bachelor’s programme, so there is a possibility that I will go on to the one-year Master’s in
Education. Either way, I am hoping to discover this year what suits me best.

lees verder ...
Pepijn Rang
I have everything that I want and that I am looking for here

After obtaining my Bachelor's degree, I considered moving to another city for my Master's degree programme, but I actually have everything that I want and that I am looking for here. I enjoy the way of working here as well as the emphasis on good interaction between the lecturers and students.

In the Master’s degree programme especially, you will work in small groups within various specializations and the lecturers will also share their thought processes and working methods with you...
After the summer, I will begin a study on stimuli-responsive hydrogels. This is a network of polymers comprising functional groups that respond to light or heat, for instance. I got in touch with someone within this research group who is doing his PhD, and I found it really interesting to hear about what type of research is going on there. From there I spoke with the leader of the group and he had a spot available for me.I still don’t know exactly what I’d like to do once I graduate. A lot of chemists continue in research, but there are also a lot of industry jobs in the Northern Netherlands. Delfzijl, with its growing number of chemical companies, is of course close by; but even here on campus, an increasing number of businesses are coming to build test plants, for example, to conduct research in the field of green energy.My tip for students choosing a Master’s degree programme: students sometimes think that this Master’s programme is very difficult. It is a highly academic programme that also focuses on giving presentations, writing reviews, and efficiently gaining knowledge. It is a lot, and it is also sometimes quite fast paced, but if you managed the Bachelor’s phase then you’ll be able to follow this Master’s programme just fine.

lees verder ...
Sweet on sugars and research


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1/6 RUG
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
8 eerstejaars
75% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
2/6 Universiteit Leiden
Chemistry and Science Communication and Society
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
5 eerstejaars
100% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
3/6 Universiteit Leiden
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
5 eerstejaars
100% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
4/6 Universiteit Leiden
Chemistry and Business Studies
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
5 eerstejaars
100% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
5/6 Universiteit Leiden
Research in Chemistry
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
5 eerstejaars
100% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
6/6 Universiteit Leiden
Chemistry and Education
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
5 eerstejaars
100% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
50% Nederlandstalig
50% Engelstalig
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Feiten en / studie in cijfers


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In 2017 hebben meer dan 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Chemistry aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen is beoordeeld door 24 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.3 uit 5.

Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

This degree programme in Chemistry is primarily meant for students who want to become researchers or research managers. It also provides an excellent preparation for a PhD project, either in Groningen or elsewhere.

Our recent alumni found jobs very quickly after graduating; 79% had a job lined up immediately following graduation! Groningen students have found jobs all over Europe and beyond in major companies, including DSM, Akzo Nobel, Corus, ASML or Philips as well as in smaller companies such as Syncom, Merchachem, PolyVation etc.

In addition, many chemists who are trained as researchers find jobs that are less research-oriented. This is because the programme also pays attention to communication skills, teamwork, presentation techniques and IT skills. During their training as researchers in chemistry, students develop general competences that make them highly versatile and widely employable, so Groningen chemistry graduates can be found in consulting agencies, commercial functions, product research and development, product management or teaching.

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Potentiële beroepen

consulting agencies
phd research project
product management or commercial positions
work for a major multinational such as akzo nobel or philps
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