Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
HZ University of Applied Sciences
3 - 4 years
EUR 2,314 / per year **
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* EU students | June 15: non-EU students
** EU-students | Non-EU students: €8500
Chemistry is experimenting, researching and analysing. Do you want to make sure diseases are no longer life-threatening or do you solve murder cases based on DNA analysis? Do you want to create a better world? Then choose the Chemistry degree programme.
From wastewater to medicines and plastics
You research the composition of substances and products and can analyse them down to the last molecule. From wastewater to medicines and plastics. For example, when suspicion arises that the groundwater has been contaminated, you can investigate whether this is actually the case.
Contributing to a better world
In addition to your investigative attitude, you are curious and like to come up with new plans. Would you like to work as a chemical researcher in industry, education or a research institute? The HZ Chemistry study programme will train you to become an analytical and accurate researcher who is able to contribute to a better world.
This programme offers 2 different study tracks:
Understanding human diseases such as cancer, metabolic disorders, autoimmunity and infectious diseases at the level of cells and their molecules seems more important than ever. This knowledge enables researchers to develop new drugs, vaccines and other treatment strategies. And ensures that they can thoroughly cover technical principles such as recombinant DNA technology, bioinformatics and cell culture. You will gain practical experience in the laboratory with important techniques such as immunological tests, biochemical analyses and genetic screening. You will also become acquainted with the ethical and technical challenges that this type of research faces.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), drawn up by the UN, are guidelines for a sustainable world in which we make better use of scarce resources. These goals can only be achieved if we fully improve the process from raw material to product and vice versa. In this study route, you will learn to conduct practice-oriented research. You will use advanced analytical techniques to answer your research questions. Consider, for example, making biodegradable plastics that can be easily recycled. Experts from large multinationals and market leaders in their respective fields, share their experience with you by providing guest lectures. You work with other students on regional projects related to the marine environment that benefit the province of Zeeland.
As a chemist, you will have excellent career prospects. There are vacancies in a variety of areas, such as business, health care, environmental inspection, and education. Our graduates have secured positions as:
- Junior researcher or research technician
- Product development analyst
- Quality controller
The curriculum has a thematic design, in which research and experiments are central. In the first 2 years, you follow a basic programme in which both the chemical and biological aspects are covered within each theme. In year 3, you choose either the Applied Chemistry study track or the Life Sciences study track.
In the first year, you learn to carry out experiments in the laboratory, interpret the results, plan follow-up research and communicate your results. This year the focus is on themes such as Food & Chemistry, Biobased products & Technology and Health.
In the second study year, you work on topics such as Forensic Science, Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology and Research and Sustainability. You lay a sound foundation to become a professional expert.
This year is all about your study track: Applied Chemistry or Life Sciences. You embark on the chosen specialisation and choose a minor or internship. For example, you can do an international internship, take courses at another university (pre-master) or conduct your own research or project in one of our research groups.
In the fourth study year, you work on various research projects at 1 or 2 companies in the Netherlands or abroad. In your graduation research, you must prove you have reached the Bachelor of Science level.
Analytical Sciences Talent Programme
First-year Chemistry students who want to gain more knowledge on Analytical Chemistry and get to know the most prestigious companies can join the Analytical Sciences Talent Programme. When you have been accepted to ASTP you will follow a 3-year programme alongside your normal studies at HZ University of Applied Sciences. During each of the 3 years, you will interact intensively with the leading companies and research institutes that form COAST (Centre of Expertise Analytical Sciences). You will have the opportunity to work in the most advanced laboratories and to participate in innovative research. You will also attend lectures presented by leading experts from academia and industry from all over the Netherlands. In addition to the extra education, the ASTP student will obtain a COAST grant (approx. 3000€/yr).
Accredited study programme
In the Netherlands, the standard of higher education is maintained through an accreditation system that ensures legal regulation and quality assurance. All programmes at HZ University of Applied Sciences are examined and approved by the accreditor, the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). This means that they meet the quality requirements for accredited higher education set by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, ensuring that you are always choosing a programme of high standard.
Program Tuition Fee
Scholarships and Funding
While common in other countries, scholarships, especially full scholarships, are rare in the Dutch education system. However, there are some scholarship options available at the HZ.
NL Scholarship for incoming students
The NL Scholarship is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science and Dutch research universities and universities of applied sciences. The NL Scholarship is for incoming students not originally from the EEA who have not previously studied in the Netherlands, and who plan to attend the HZ University of Applied Sciences in the framework of diploma mobility. The scholarship awarded is not a full scholarship. It has a value of € 5,000.00 and is allotted for one year only.
Conditions for allotment:
- The student is not from the European Economic Area (EEA). The EEA consists of the EU countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway.
- The student has not previously studied in the Netherlands.
- The student has an IELTS of 6.5 (or higher) or an equivalent.
- The student wants to enroll in a full-time (four-year or three-year) bachelor’s program at HZ.
- The student has already been (conditionally) accepted to the HZ Bachelor’s program as indicated with his/her scholarship application.
How to apply for the NL Scholarship
Students can apply for the scholarship by sending an email to [email protected] before 1 May of their starting year. In this email, the student should indicate the reasons for choosing the particular HZ Bachelor's program of study. The student must also send a copy of his/her CV with the email. The applications will be assessed by a two-member HZ Scholarship Committee, nominated by the academy directors. The HZ Scholarship Committee will award the scholarship based on previous academic results, and motivation for choosing a program of study, and C.V. applicants will be notified of the decision within 6 weeks after the application deadline of 1 May.
When you are a student at HZ University of Applied Sciences and you are thinking of studying or doing research or an internship outside of the Netherlands during your studies, then you can apply for a scholarship.
HZ offers an HZ Grant for students who study or do an unpaid internship outside the EU. As far as we know, HZ is the only university of applied sciences in the Netherlands that subsidizes its students with a grant.
This scholarship is meant for full-time HZ students who want to study, do research, or an internship outside the European Economic Area (EEA). The EEA consists of the EU countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway. The NL Scholarship is a scholarship made available by the Dutch Ministry of Education Culture and Science together with Dutch research universities and universities of applied sciences. The scholarship amounts to a one-off payment of € 1,250 and is meant as a contribution toward your study expenses.
If you do part of your study at an HZ partner institute within the EU or an internship within the EU, you can apply for this grant. The Erasmus+ is a grant that the European Union has made available in order to stimulate students from its member states to gain experience abroad during their education; to enhance their languages, to become acquainted with other cultures, etc. The grant also serves as compensation for the travel and accommodation costs that a study/internship abroad will bring in its wake. Clearly, the Erasmus+ grant will not cover all the costs that you will have abroad.
As soon as you are a student of HZ, we can help you apply for a grant.