Bachelor in Chemistry


Program Description


Theory and practice are inseparable at HAN University of Applied Sciences and the bachelor course Chemistry. You get a solid theoretical foundation in all the current research topics in chemistry and at the same time, you dive straight into practice in the lab.

This means working in groups of Chemistry students on projects that deal with real problems in the chemistry field. And because HAN University of Applied Sciences collaborates with companies and research institutes in the Netherlands and abroad, you get to work on cutting-edge research projects. This gives you invaluable experience as well as problem-solving and communication skills that put you in high demand on the labor market.


Practice-based research is a key focus at HAN. During your studies, you can work on research projects at the HAN Biocentre open in a new window or at other universities or institutes. The HAN Biocentre focuses on biodiscovery, which involves the discovery, analysis, production, and application of biomolecules such as proteins and metabolites.

At this center, you work on projects together with staff and other students. Your aim is to find answers to actual questions from the professional field. But you might choose to go further afield or even abroad. Some of our Dutch students have participated in research on food analysis at RIKILT and the analysis of pharmaceutics at MercaChem.

Lab facilities

During your studies, you will have access to excellent lab facilities. All the basics, as well as advanced apparatus, are available. What’s more, HAN even has specialized nanotechnological labs. Here you can do research on the interface between biomedical technology and chemistry.

Diploma Supplement

A candidate who is awarded a diploma on completion of the final assessment will receive an English-language Diploma Supplement. The Diploma Supplement is set up in accordance with the format determined by HAN's Governing Board and with the additional regulations determined by the Board of Examiners and/or faculty management.

A Diploma Supplement includes the name and signature of the president of the Board of Examiners and an official HAN University of Applied Sciences stamp. The Board of Examiners ensures that a copy of the Diploma Supplement is filed and kept indefinitely.


1st year

  • General Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Laboratory Practice
  • Mathematics
  • Laboratory Mathematics

2nd year

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Polymer Chemistry
  • Laboratory Practice

3rd year

  • Specialisation in Analytical Chemistry
  • Work Placement or Minor

4th year

  • Work Placement or Minor
  • Graduation Project

Career Prospects

The HAN bachelor course Chemistry qualifies you to work in the field of analytical chemistry. Graduates in this field are in high demand in the Netherlands, so you will have excellent career opportunities.

You could work in the pharmaceutical or food industry at companies like Shell or Akzo-Nobel. Or you could work at a hospital or environmental agency, or at an independent research institute like TNO or the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority.

Our graduates get jobs as:

  • Research Assistant
  • Chemical technician
  • Junior Project Leader
Last updated September 2018

About the School

HAN strives to be one of the top universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands. With campuses in both Arnhem and Nijmegen, in the east of the Netherlands, HAN has over 30,000 students.

HAN strives to be one of the top universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands. With campuses in both Arnhem and Nijmegen, in the east of the Netherlands, HAN has over 30,000 students. Read less
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