BSc in Chemical Engineering


Program Description

How can you produce plastics on a large scale? How can you ensure clean, safe and efficient factories? Can you generate electricity with the human body?

Chemical engineers work on the production of chemicals on an industrial scale. The Bachelor in Chemical Engineering at the University of Groningen will prepare you for this profession. You will learn to deal with chemical processes on a large scale, to develop new chemical products and to design improved catalysts for the targeted reactions. At the same time, you will learn to evaluate and improve the safety and sustainability of chemical processes. Along the way, you will be also stimulated to develop your critical thinking skills and your problem-solving attitude.

The fascinating thing about Chemical Engineering is that you will be involved in the development of new products but you will also think about the production process and about the catalyst that is needed to promote the reaction. A Chemical Engineer is concerned with the entire development of a new product or process, from A to Z. This means you will learn much more than just how chemical reactions work. Chemical Engineers at the University of Groningen, for example, have developed a new process for the production of biodiesels as well as new polymeric products for the oil industry and for high- tech applications.

Choose Groningen and you can't go wrong!

Groningen is the only University where you can study both Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. If you find it hard to choose between a Bachelor's degree program in chemistry or in chemical engineering, Groningen is the place to be. The first year of both programs is identical so you don't have to make a definite choice until your second year. It's very likely that you don't yet know which specialization to choose, so you won't have to decide until the second year.

Chemistry and Chemical Engineering in Groningen are 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.

Why study this program in Groningen?

The Chemical Engineering program in Groningen is unique due to the close connection with the Chemistry program. The first year of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry is common and you can switch between the two in the entire first year.

Our research is among the finest in the world. The University's materials research institute ranks in the top-10 worldwide.


Year 1


  • And more course units, up to 60 ECTS each year
  • Biochemistry
  • Calculus
  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Organic chemistry
  • Physical chemistry
  • Process and product technology
  • Sustainability Symposium

Year 2


  • Course units of 60 ECTS each year
  • Linear algebra
  • Macro-molecular chemistry
  • Single-Phase Reactors
  • Transport phenomena 1

Year 3


  • Bachelor's Research Project
  • Control engineering
  • Course units of 60 ECTS each year
  • Multi-phase reactors
  • Practicals
  • Product technology
  • Transport phenomena 2


The Groningen science and engineering programs stand out for their academic excellence. The work pace in the first year is generally high and the contents of the courses are 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

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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.

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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

After the three-year Bachelor's program, you will be able to continue your study with our attractive Master's degree program, but you will also have the option to look immediately for a job. As a graduate in the bachelor chemical engineer, you are qualified for a range of attractive positions, mainly in the business sector: for example, Chemical Engineers can find employment in advisory, control, and management positions.

You may be involved in setting up a new factory, optimizing existing processes or developing new products and materials.

Job examples

  • Advanced technical functions
  • Researcher - industrial or academic
  • Commercial functions
  • Management functions


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

ENTEG - Research Institute of Engineering and Technology

The research institute ENTEG is an engineering science and technology institute that has the capability to analyze, explore and design new technologies that are based on the integration of fundamental and engineering sciences.

Stratingh Institute for Chemistry

Research groups: Bio-Organic Chemistry - Hirsch Group (Dr. A.K.H. Hirsch), (Bio)Organic Materials and Devices (Professor J.C. Hummelen), Molecular Inorganic Chemistry - Harder Group (Professor S. Harder), Synthetic Organic Chemistry - The Feringa Group (Professor B.L. Feringa)

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 its 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, Physical Chemistry of Polymers, Polymer Thin Film and Surface Science, Physics of Organic Semiconductors, Single-Molecule Biophysics, Solid State Materials for Electronics, Surfaces and Thin Films, Theoretical Chemistry, Theory of Condensed Matter

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

Last updated Jun 2020

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