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Chemistry: Molecular Sciences (track)


The two-year track Molecular Sciences in the Chemistry Master's programme, a joint degree programme with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, covers areas in chemistry that traditionally are associated with organic and inorganic chemistry, catalysis, physical chemistry and theoretical chemistry.

Discover the Master's programme & tracks

The Master's programme Chemistry offers specialisations in three tracks. Molecular Sciences is one of them. The other two tracks are: 

The study programme

Scientific research and education in the field of molecular chemistry are of utmost importance to society and industry. This broad discipline aspires to understand chemical and physical properties at the molecular level with the aim of synthesizing novel compounds with dedicated well-controlled and understood properties often in relation to sustainability, energy and material science. This track covers areas in chemistry that traditionally are associated with organic and inorganic chemistry, catalysis, physical chemistry and theoretical chemistry.


Encompasses all fundamental areas including organic and inorganic chemistry, catalysis, physical chemistry, and theoretical chemistry.

Custom-designed curriculum

Custom-design the curriculum and select from numerous fundamental and specialised courses offered by internationally recognised experts.

From atoms to molecular design and engineering

Deep-dive into fundamental topics, that allows to rationally design compound with specific properties, understand reaction mechanisms, and observe and understand interaction of light with matter.

In-depth specialisation

In a specific area like Molecular Design, Synthesis, Catalysis, Spectroscopy or Theory and Modelling.

After graduation

Graduates of the Master's programme in Chemistry have had an excellent research training that allows them to pursue their PhD at chemistry institutes around the world. But they can also pursue a career in a different work field.

Is Molecular Sciences for me?

It is, if you:

  • have a solid background in the core disciplines of chemistry;
  • are interested in using the molecule as the starting point for gaining fundamental insights about materials and chemical, biological and physical processes;
  • want to move from understanding chemical and physical processes, to predicting and controlling them;
  • are eager to apply your knowledge and skills in areas of fundamental importance to society such as energy, sustainability, health and materials sciences;
  • want the benefits of a small-scale programme in which students and staff are in close contact.

Joint degree programme with VU Amsterdam

Molecular 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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Facts & Figures
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
Location Science Park