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Chemistry: Analytical Sciences (track)

In the two-year track Analytical Sciences of the Master’s programme Chemistry, a joint degree programme with Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, you will focus purely on aspects of analytical chemistry, such as modern analytical techniques, general concepts and strategies for analysis and various application fields.

Education from September, the academic year 2020-2021

The academic year 2020-2021 will start as planned in September. We expect small-scale on-site attendance, within the guidelines of the Dutch government, will be possible once again from September. This means we will be providing a form of hybrid education in the first semester, partly on-campus and partly online. From 1 July it will be clear what our hybrid education is going to look like.

Admission during COVID-19
In exceptional cases, the UvA will allow you to start your Master’s programme before having fully completed your Bachelor’s degree or pre-Master’s. The study delay must be COVID-19 related and concern courses from the second semester of the 2019-2020 academic year (February through June 2020). Check the Application and Admission pages for more information.

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Crucial role

Analytical chemistry plays a crucial role in many areas of science and society. Chemical compounds in a variety of materials and environments must be identified and quantified for, for example:

  • the development of new pharmaceuticals;
  • the unravelling of complex biological systems;
  • the design of new sustainable materials and chemical processes.

Analytical chemistry provides the methods and techniques that make this possible. Its impact is not restricted to chemistry alone: progress in medicine, biology, environmental and material sciences is strongly dependent on the availability of new analytical tools as well.

Is Analytical Sciences in Amsterdam the track for me?

It is, if you:

  • have a solid background in chemistry;
  • are eager to expand your knowledge and skills in the area of analytical chemistry;
  • want the advantages of a small-scale programme, where students and staff all know each other.

What does Analytical Sciences in Amsterdam have to offer me?

This Master's track is unique in the Netherlands, in that it focuses purely on (all aspects of) analytical chemistry - a specialisation for which there is currently a great demand on the labour market. It covers:

  • a large range of modern analytical techniques, such as chromatography, mass spectrometry, spectroscopy and laser-based approaches;
  • general concepts and strategies for analysis, from sampling to data treatment;
  • various application fields, such as biochemical, industrial, pharmaceutical and forensic analysis.

The track also offers the possibility to focus specifically on environmental chemistry and analysis.

Pre-master's programme

For students with a Dutch HBO background we offer a special Pre-Master's Programme (Schakelprogramma, taught in Dutch). More information on this programme can be found via the link below.

Relevant information

Joint degree programme with VU Amsterdam

Analytical Sciences is a track in the Master's programme Chemistry, a joint degree programme of the University of Amsterdam and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Courses are taught at locations of both universities. UvA and VU jointly issue a degree certificate to graduates. As a Chemistry student in Amsterdam you benefit from expertise, networks and research projects at both universities and affiliated research institutes.

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Chemistry: Analytical Sciences (track)
Degree programme MSc Chemistry
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time, part-time
Credits 120 ECTS, 24 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in February, September
CROHO code 65012