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Chemistry: Molecular Sciences (track)

Study programme

Programme outline

In this two-year track in the Master’s programme Chemistry you are required to choose five courses from the following list of topics. As there are no restrictions on the choice of courses, you have the unique possibility of an in-depth specialisation in one particular area or a tailor-made programme in which various areas and methods are combined. Your whole second year is dedicated to your research project and literature study. It is also possible to follow this programme part-time.


Obligatory courses (choice of 5)

Molecular Design

  • Physical Organic Chemistry
  • Molecular Computational Chemistry
  • Supramolecular Chemistry and Nanomaterials


  • Synthetic Organic Chemistry
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
  • Bio-Organic Chemistry


  • Coordination and Organometallic Chemistry
  • Homogeneous Catalysis
  • Heterogeneous Catalysis

Theory and Modelling

  • Quantum Theory of Molecules and Matter
  • Statistical Theory of Complex Molecular Systems
  • Understanding Molecular Simulation
  • Understanding Quantum Chemistry


  • Quantum Optics
  • Advanced Experimental Techniques
  • Ultrafast Laser Physics

Elective courses

  •  Green Chemistry
  • Catalysis for Sustainable Energy
  • Density Functional Theory for Chemists
  • Scientific Computing
  • and all courses from this track mentioned above, as well as the other MSc Chemistry tracks including ATOSIM.

The interaction between research and teaching forms the basis for a high-level academic programme optimised to your individual interests. You design your own programme in consultation with the Track Coordinator, and submit it to the examination board for approval.


Research project

The programme's research training takes place in the form of a major research project, usually within one of the participating research groups. 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. 

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.

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.