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Chemistry: Analytical Sciences (track)
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Study programme

This two-year Master's programme consists of compulsory courses and elective courses, a research project and a literature study. In your first year you take the four compulsory courses and you choose at least two elective courses. Your whole second year is dedicated to your research project and literature study. It is also possible to follow this programme part-time.


For detailed information regarding the curriculum and courses, please see the UvA Course Catalogue.

  • Obligatory courses

    The track programme has the following compulsory courses (6 EC each):

    • Separation Sciences 
    • Mass Spectrometry 
    • Chemometrics & Statistics
    • Spectroscopic Analysis
  • Elective courses

    You choose at least two of the following elective courses (6 EC each):

    • Environmental Chemistry
    • Bio-analysis and clinical diagnostics 
    • Chemical Analysis for Forensic Evidence 
    • Environmental Measuring Techniques 
    • High-Throughput Screening 
    • Advanced Spectroscopy 
    • Protein Analysis
    • The Analytical Chemist in Industry 
    • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance 
    • Advanced Separation Sciences Advanced Statistics for Analytical Sciences 

Research project 

The programme's research training takes place in the form of a research project, conducted either within one of the participating research groups or in industry. The project includes a written Master's thesis and an oral presentation.

Literature study

In addition to the research project you also do a literature study on a subject of your own choosing. You will present your results in an oral presentation to the staff of the division or institute and your fellow students. 

Majors and Minors

At the UvA  you can choose to do your Master's programme with a society-/ business-oriented major or minor that focuses on other skills than doing research. In this case you will follow the programme of your chosen scientific discipline during the first year of your Master's (although slightly adjusted), and a society-/ business-oriented major or minor during the second year. 

ATLAS MScTalent Programme

Highly talented and motivated students can combine the Analytical Sciences track with the ATLAS MSc+ Talent Programme. This programme kick-starts your career as an analytical chemist.

Studying part-time

The Chemistry master can also be done part-time, however there is no separate part-time programme. Part-time in this case means that you do the same programme as the full-time programme, but at your own pace, for example one course per period instead of two. Therefore the schedule for part-time studying is a subset of the full-time schedule, which means that per period you choose which courses to follow, so you can spread out the workload. There are no evening classes and no separate courses for part-time students. You do the exact same programme as the full-time students, at the same moments, only it takes longer.

The tuition fee for the part-time programme is different from the one for the full-time programme. Also see the tuition fee overview.

Pre-Master's programme

Generally, candidates with a Bachelor's degree from a (Dutch) university of applied sciences (HBO) can be admitted to the MSc Chemistry only after completion of a pre-Master's programme ("schakelprogramma").

Bring your own device

All students enrolled in the Chemistry Master's programme are requested to bring their own laptop. More information on specific system requirements can be found here.