BSC in Chemistry


Program Description

Chemistry in Groningen is the home of 2016 Nobel Prize winner Ben Feringa, who has won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his research on a light-driven rotary molecular motor.

How can you make a flexible solar cell that can be fixed to anything? How can you build a molecular-scale motor? These are some of the fascinating questions that you will try to answer as a chemist.

Chemistry is the study of molecules and how they interact. As a chemist equipped with this knowledge, you can produce new substances and materials or devise solutions for all sorts of problems.

Chemistry is a broad discipline has many parallels with other science subjects such as physics, mathematics, astronomy, and biology. If you are interested in exploring the interfaces with those subjects, you can do so in Groningen! You can expand your knowledge of chemistry and discover and apply new materials.

Working on the environment, medicines or new foods … What will you choose?

As a chemist, you will have excellent career prospects. There are openings in a variety of areas, such as business, health care, environmental inspection, and education.

Chemists are often involved in the development of new medicines, or in the search for new synthetic materials with special properties. Another path is the creation of a more sustainable world because of trough solutions for generating energy, for example using sunlight or motion.

Why study this program in Groningen?

  • Assessed by students as the best Chemistry degree in the country
  • In Groningen, you can study either Chemistry or Chemical Engineering. During the entire first year, you can switch between them if you wish.
  • Explore before you choose your specialization. The first part of Year 1 is designed to give you a broad introduction to the three Chemistry specializations.
  • Our research is among the finest in the world. Our materials research ranks in the world's top ten!


Year 1


  • Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry practical
  • Calculus for Chemistry
  • First-year Symposium
  • General Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Introduction to Process and Product Technology
  • Molecules: Structure, Reactivity, and Function
  • Organic Chemistry 1
  • Physical Chemistry 1
  • Practical Course: Synthesis and Analysis
  • Spectroscopy

Year 2


  • Laboratory Courses
  • Linear Algebra & Multivariate Calculus for Chemistry
  • Macromolecular Chemistry
  • More course units, up to 60 ECTS each year
  • Organic Chemistry 2
  • Physical Chemistry 2
  • Physical Properties of Materials 2
  • Quantum Chemistry
  • Science Ethics and Society

Year 3


  • Bachelor project
  • Laboratory Course
  • Minor
  • More course units, up to 60 ECTS each year
  • Practicals


The Groningen science and engineering programs stand out for their academic excellence. The work pace in the first year is generally high and the courses' contents demanding. The first-year curriculum concentrates on laying a sound basis for our engineering and natural science disciplines. This allows our students to choose their specialization tracks already in their second Bachelor's year.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional
  • Maximum of 30 EC

Exchange: All our science and engineering programs offer study abroad possibilities at a number of partner institutions. Our partners include top-100 universities in Europe (for example in Germany, the UK, and Sweden) and in the USA, China, South-East Asia, and South America. Our exchange programs have a typical duration of one semester and count toward your final degree.

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirements More information
additional subject

Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry.

This is merely an indication of the required background knowledge. The admissions board determines whether the specific contents of this/these course(s) meet the admission requirements of the bachelor program for which you applied.

language test Proficiency in English is an admission requirement for all English-taught degree programs
previous education

Secondary education equivalent to Dutch pre-university education is required.

This is merely an indication of the required general level of applicants' previous education.

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
Dutch students 01 May 2021 01 September 2021
EU/EEA students 01 May 2021 01 September 2021
non-EU/EEA students 01 May 2021 01 September 2021

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Program form
EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 2143 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 14000 full-time

The Dutch government intends to halve the statutory tuition fees for specific groups of first-year bachelor's students starting from the 2018/19 academic year.

Job prospects

A commercial function, doing research or optimize factories: when you have finished this programme many options are open to you. Graduates usually have no problem finding a job, whether that is in the Netherlands or abroad.

After the Bachelor's program, you can move on to one of the Master's programs in Chemistry, Biomolecular Sciences or Environmental Sciences, or the Top Master's degree program in Nanoscience.

Excellent career opportunities

Look for an international commercial position, become an inspector, or do research – there are many paths open to you with a degree in Chemistry! Most students find a job soon after graduating, in a wide range of occupations.

Business and research

If you want to work as a researcher, you can do this at a university, but also in industry. For example, you could work in medical and biochemical research, and there are plenty of opportunities in the food and the synthetics industries. In general, graduates progress to a management position after a couple of years.

Manager, adviser, inspector or…

If you're not interested in a research career, you could work as a manager or adviser in the business world at a multinational or at a non-governmental organization. Some graduates also work as inspectors.

Job examples

  • Industrial researcher
  • Scientific researcher
  • Management function
  • Commercial positions
  • Teacher


Our Bachelor's degree program in Chemistry is connected to the following research institutes of the University of Groningen.

Stratingh Institute for Chemistry

Related research groups

  • Sustainability and Green Chemistry - Barta group
  • Molecular Inorganic Chemistry - Browne group
  • Chemistry of Molecular Materials and Devices - Chiechi group
  • Auto-catalytic and cross-catalytic systems - Harutyunyan group
  • Chemical Biology - Hirsch group
  • The Feringa group
  • (Bio)Organic Materials and Devices - Hummelen group
  • Chemical Biology - Minnaard group
  • Molecular Inorganic Chemistry - Otten group
  • Systems Chemistry - Otto group
  • Biomolecular Chemistry - Roelfes group
  • Chemical Biology - Walvoort group
  • Chemical Biology - Witte group

Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials

Basic research on materials is directed towards unraveling the relations between the properties that determine their functionality and their chemical composition and structure. The quest for an in-depth understanding of these constitutive relations often leads to unexpected boundaries signifying fundamental gaps in our knowledge. Although the structure-property relationship is in itself a truism, the actual linkage between (micro) structural aspects in a material and their physical/chemical properties are elusive. The reason is that various properties are determined by the collective behavior of molecules, atoms, and electrons and their behavior may be extremely non-linear on different time and length scales.

The classic materials triangle concerns an integrative approach in the three aspects of structure, property and chemical composition. The Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials adds an extra dimension to this traditional view by an unconventional linkage to the field of biomolecular sciences, which includes the design aspects as well.

Research groups: Computational Physics, Materials Science, Micromechanics, Nanostructured Materials and Interfaces, Optical Condensed Matter Physics, Polymer Chemistry and Bioengineering, Photophysics and optoelectronics, Physics of Nanodevices, Polymer Chemistry and Bioengineering, Quantum Interactions and Structural Dynamics, Solid-State Materials for Electronics, Surfaces and Thin Films, Theoretical Chemistry, Theory of Condensed Matter.

Groningen Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute (GBB)

Research groups

  • Bioinformatics
  • Molecular Systems Biology
  • Cell Biochemistry
  • Chemical Biology
  • Protein Crystallography
  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Electron Microscopy
  • Biotransformation and Biocatalysis
  • Molecular Microbiology
  • Molecular Dynamics
  • Microbial Physiology
  • Membrane Enzymology

Engineering and Technology institute Groningen (ENTEG)

Research at the Engineering and Technology institute Groningen (ENTEG) is organized in five research groups in Product- and Process Technology and Discrete Technology.

Research groups: Transport Phenomena, Discrete Technology & Production Automation, Green Chemical Reaction Engineering, Product Technology, Smart Manufacturing Systems

ESRIG - Energy and Sustainability Research Institute Groningen

Although ESRIG is a Research Institute, bundling strengths leads to new educational possibilities as well in the Master phase the Energy and Environmental Sciences (EES) program has been operational for several years, under the responsibility of IVEM and CIO. At present, this program offers two tracks: The IVEM track ("Energy and Environmental Sciences"), and the CIO-track ("Experimental studies of greenhouse gases and climate history"). The IVEM track will be extended by elements of SSG research. The CIO-track will be enforced and broadened by the other experimental groups inside ESRIG.

In the Bachelor phase, the curriculum of Physics and Chemistry will start with an "energy and environmental" track form the year 2010-2011 onwards. As ESRIG is the central institute for this subject, ESRIG scientists take the lead in both the track design and the actual teaching.

Research groups: Centre for Isotope Research, Geo-energy, Combustion Technology, Centre for Energy and Environmental Sciences, Ocean Ecosystems, Science and Society group.

Last updated Jun 2020

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