Master's structure

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You have a lot of freedom in customising your Master’s in Chemical Science & Engineering.

Within the Master’s in Chemical Science & Engineering (CSE), you will build your expertise within one of the three specialisations. In addition, you can tailor your Master’s with elective courses that suit your interests and ambitions. This freedom in customising your programme will help you to become the chemical scientist or engineer you wish to be.

Please note that the admission requirements differ per specialisation. You do not just apply for the Master’s in Chemical Science & Engineering, but for a specific specialisation. Make sure to check the admission requirements before applying for this programme.


I am highly interested in the theme of sustainability. That’s why I wanted to focus mainly on inorganic materials, not only from the perspective of chemistry but also gain knowledge about physics and mechanical aspects of materials. Therefore I chose:

  • Specialisation in Materials Science & Engineering
  • Elective courses in:
    • Chemistry of Inorganic Materials and Nanostructures
    • Electrochemistry: Techniques and Fundamentals (5)
    • Electrochemical Engineering
    • Modern Topics in Condensed Matter Physics
    • Wind Energy
    • Quantum Emitters
    • Cryogenic Science and Technology 

I wanted to gain a deeper understanding of chemical processes on a smaller scale, in order to be able to apply them on a larger (industrial) scale and, moreover, to find new and smarter applications. That’s why I chose:

  • Specialisation in Chemical & Process Engineering
  • Elective courses in:
    • Multi-component Mass Transport
    • Cost Management and Engineering
    • Ion Transport in Fluids
    • Transport Phenomena
    • Advanced Colloids and Interfaces

I am interested in the syntheses, characterisation techniques and applications of novel materials, so among others, I chose:

  • Specialisation in Molecular & Materials Engineering
  • Elective courses in:
    • Chemistry of Inorganic Materials and Nanostructures
    • Membrane Materials
    • Advanced Ceramics
    • Polymer Physics

How to compose your Master’s

  • Step 1: Choose a specialisation

    Before you start with this Master's, you need to choose a specialisation, in order to specialise within the field of Chemical Science & Engineering. You indicate your choice when applying for this programme. This Master’s has three specialisations:

  • Step 2: Select electives

    Next to some compulsory courses, which depend on the specialisation you choose, you have a great deal of freedom in choosing elective courses, as long as you comply with the assumed previous knowledge. You can even choose courses beyond the Master’s in Chemical Science & Engineering. Think, for example, of the Master’s in Nanotechnology, Applied Physics, Industrial Engineering & Management or even Psychology!

    Choosing electives is a continuous process. Throughout the whole curriculum, you can make and adjust choices in composing your set of electives. Are you curious about the electives you can follow? Choose a specialisation and find out!

    You can also choose to add a Capita Selecta (CS) to your curriculum. This is a specialised, self-study course in which you explore and deepen your knowledge on a specific topic of your interest. You will be supervised by a researcher of the related research group. You can use a Capita Selecta as a preparation for your master’s thesis.

  • Step 3: Find an internship

    In your second year, you will do an internship to gain practical experience. There are many options open to you when it comes to choosing your internship. Find out more about internships by choosing a specialisation.

  • Step 4: Join a research group for your master’s thesis

    During your Master’s, you will work towards choosing the topic of your master’s thesis. You will carry out this final assignment within a research group at UT. Do you want to know which groups you can conduct your research in? Find out more by choosing a specialisation first.

Master’s structure

During your Master’s in Chemical Science & Engineering (CSE), you will collect a total of 120 EC within two years.

European Credit Transfer System

Student workload at Dutch universities is expressed in EC, also named ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System), which is widely used throughout the European Union. In the Netherlands, each credit represents 28 hours of work.

Below, you can find the general structure of this Master’s. Which exact courses you will follow at what moment of your Master’s, depends on the choices you make as well as the starting date of your Master’s.

First year

Compulsory courses 

Each specialisation has its own set of compulsory courses. Choose a specialisation and find out which ones.

Elective courses

Each specialisation has considerable elective space in which you can choose specific courses of your interest, both of the Master’s in CSE as well as other master’s at UT.

Second year

Internship & Job orientation project

In the first quartile, you will do an internship (20 EC), as preparation for the professional field.

Master’s thesis

In the final three quartiles, you will join a research group to complete your master’s thesis (40 EC).

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