Master of Science in Chemistry ((Bio)Organic and Polymer Chemistry)

We owe a great part of our quality of life to the development of sciences, and chemistry in particular. Its influence spans numerous different branches, such as medicine, biology, agriculture, etc. The impact of chemistry is also omnipresent in the industrial world. Almost every branch of industry is confronted with chemistry at some level: in the production process, in quality control, in product improvement, waste processing …

Our students choose one of three main subjects: (Bio)Organic and Polymer Chemistry, Materials and Nanochemistry, Analytical and Environmental Chemistry.

Master's Programme
2 year 120 credits
Faculty of Sciences
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(Bio)Organic and Polymer Chemistry focuses on molecules: how to synthesize and understand them, how to adapt them and use them for biological applications, and how to bring them together to form macromolecular entities and polymers. We start with experimental and analytical organic chemistry (carbon chemistry), with a focus on the latest developments and techniques, and move to modified DNA and renewable or “smart” plastic materials. (Bio)Organic and Polymer Chemistry prepares you for a career in the fine chemicals industry, in the pharma and life science industry, or in the polymer industry.

For whom

The admission requirements vary. Depending on your prior education, you are either able to enrol directly, or there are additional requirements.


Half of the curriculum consists of project-based education. Already in the first-year curriculum, you will take a start with your Master’s dissertation. You end the Master’s programme with a full-term work placement, which you can complete at a company or a foreign research laboratory.

In addition to the (domain) Master’s programme described above, you can also choose a Master’s Programme in Teaching (in Dutch: Educatieve Master). The Educatieve Master, however, is a Dutch-taught programme. Find out more at (in Dutch).

Labour Market

It is a fact that chemistry plays an important role in various branches of industry, which in turn, are crucial to the economy and employment. Take, for instance, the chemical industry, the pharmaceutical industry, or agriculture.

Our broad academic programme ensures that our graduates find employment opportunities in different branches of industry.

Their career opportunities are as ample as they are diverse. Chemistry graduates can for instance be involved in academic research, product development, quality control … or they can take on managerial positions in companies as well as in government agencies. In addition, they are also well-equipped for a career in the public sector, including education. The most important assets of university graduates in Chemistry are their research-mindedness, their problem-solving skills and their polyvalence.