Master of Science in Chemistry (Analytical and Environmental Chemistry)

We owe a great part of our quality of life to the development of sciences, chemistry in particular. Its influence can be found in numerous different branches, such as medicine, biology, agriculture, etc. The chemical impact is also omnipresent in the industrial world. Almost every branch has to do with chemistry at some level: in the production process, in quality control, in product improvement, waste processing … The students can choose from three main subjects: Analytical and Environmental Chemistry, (Bio)organic and Polymer Chemistry, Materials and Nano Chemistry.

Master's Programme
2 year 120 credits
Faculty of Sciences
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Analytical and Environmental Chemistry focuses on chemical analysis. You learn to identify elements, molecules and chemical / physical structures in complex materials and objects, from paintings and archaeological artifacts to meteorites and environmental samples. In collaboration with VUB, the emphasis is specifically on geo- and cosmochemistry and environmental analysis. An important aspect is the identification and acceptance of environmental and climate challenges. You will be prepared for a career as a chemist in the enormous and ever-growing diversity of analysis labs, whose social and industrial strategic importance is constantly increasing in our high-tech society.

For whom

The admission requirements depend on previous degrees (type of degree, country of issue etc ...) or additonal experience.


You spend half the time on project-based education. Already in the first year of the master's program you will start with your master dissertation. The Master in Chemistry ends with a full semester internship, which you can complete within a company or in a foreign research laboratory.

If you want to combine your master’s degree with a teacher’s degree, then there is the option of following an ‘Educatieve master’ instead of the above described master. The ‘Educatieve master’ however is a Dutch taught programme. More information can be found on

Labour Market

It is a fact that chemistry is involved in several industrial branches, important for the economy and employment, such as chemical industry, pharmaceutical industry, agriculture … Thanks to the broadness of the scientific programme, master graduates in chemistry are fit to apply for jobs in different sectors of industry and their possibilities on the job market are very diverse. Masters in chemistry can for instance be involved in scientific research, product development, quality control … or they can take on managerial functions, and this in companies as well as in government institutions. Besides that, they are also well prepared for a career in the public sector (including education). The most important assets of university graduated chemists are that they are research minded, have good problem solving capacities and that they are polyvalent.