Chemical Engineering

Planning your master

Prior to or shortly after starting the ChE Master programme at the UT, a number of steps have to be taken by you as (future) Master student. The list below can be regarded as a first indication.

1.Admission for and enrolment at the programme

First of all, you should of course be admitted to and enrolled in the ChE Master programme if you wish to do the Master programme. The entry requirements and registration procedure can be found elsewhere on this site.

2.Choose a Master track: C&PE or M&ME

If you wish to do the ChE Master programme at the UT, you have to choose between the Chemical & Process Engineering track (C&PE) and the Molecular & Materials Engineering track (M&ME). Both tracks have a predetermined curriculum with a fixed set of compulsory courses, but also with a lot of room for elective courses.

3.Select a research group

Prior to or shortly after starting the ChE Master programme, you are advised to sort out your interests and abilities in order to determine at which chemical research group of the UT you want to do your Master’s assignment. This is important because some research groups require you to follow specific elective courses. As soon as you know at which research group you want to do your Master’s assignment, you can contact the professor or the secretary of that research group to discuss the elective courses you have to do in order to start the Master’s assignment at that group.

4.Plan the remainder of your elective courses

You will still have some EC’s left for elective courses in the C&PE track and the M&ME track. It is wise to select which courses you want to do as electives prior to or shortly after starting the ChE Master programme, because some courses are not scheduled in the time-tables of the UT. Often, this is because a course is so specialized that only a handful of students do the course each year. You will then have to mail the professor that is responsible for the course, in order to make arrangements for the course.

5.Enrolment for courses and exams

Enrolment for the Master’s courses is done via Blackboard and OSIRIS. The sooner you enroll, the better it is for the lecturers, as they are then able to prepare their courses for the expected number of students. Enrolling for exams is done via OSIRIS and can be done between 40 and 14 days prior to the exam.


During the first year of your Master programme you can complete all the Master courses. The second year then consists of an internship and a Master’s assignment (except for students with a ‘HBO’ Bachelor degree, who do not need to do an internship, but have a special programme of courses to replace this). The internship is done in the first quarter of the second year and covers 13 weeks (20 EC). During the internship you are posted at a relevant company, research institute or university in the Netherlands or abroad. Because experience has taught us that finding and arranging an internship can take quite some time (especially for an internship abroad), it is recommended to start looking around for an internship shortly after you have begun your Master programme. This is a good place to start.

7.Master’s assignment

The Master’s assignment is done in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th quarter of the second year. It covers 45 EC (30 weeks). As you probably already have chosen at which research group you want to do your Master’s assignment (see step 3), arranging the Master’s assignment will not take a large amount of time. However, because the Master’s assignment must be approved by the Board of Examiners of the ChE Master programme and afterwards be processed in the administration of the ChE Master programme, all the required paperwork for the Master’s assignment (see this link) must be handed in at least one month before starting with the assignment (mail:

Below you can find a checklist of the planning of the ChE Master curriculum.

Checklist planning Master curriculum

Bachelor phase

•Orientation Master tracks

•Master information meeting

Before start programme

•Enrolment Master programme

•Master track choice

•Research group choice (advised)

•Planning of courses (advised)

1st quarter

•Orientation on internships

2nd & 3rd quarter

•Selection and planning of internship

4th quarter

•Orientation on Master’s assignment

5th quarter

•Doing your internship

At least 1 month before start Master’s assignment

•Selection and planning of Master’s assignment

•Handing in all paperwork for Master’s assignment

6th, 7th & 8th quarter

•Doing your Master’s assignment

At least 1 month before graduation

•Planning date for Master’s assignment colloquium

End of 8th quarter

•Colloquium & graduation

Graduation requirements

In the OER of the ChE Master programme it is stated that students require the following to graduate:

-All examination sections have to be assessed;

-No examination sections have been graded lower than a 6.

Also, it is stated that the Board of Examiners may confer the classification 'with distinction' on the Master's degree, if:

-The average grade of all the Master's final project sections is 8.5 or higher;

-The average grade of the other sections of the Master's final examination is an 8.0 or higher;

-A maximum of one examination section can be graded with a 6;

The maximum study duration of the student is three years.