Solid theoretical background and hands-on experimental skills

The Master in Chemistry is a two-year (120 ECTS) advanced study in chemistry. This MSc program benefits from the expertise in the different research domains of both the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and Ghent University (UGent). We offer a high-level scientific education that combines a solid theoretical background with real hands-on experimental skills and critical thinking. At the VUB, you work in modern, stateof-the-art laboratories and are part of a dynamic interuniversity research group. The close ties with the VUB’s bio- and civil engineering departments also illustrate the multidisciplinary nature of the VUB’s chemistry teaching. The experience you gain during your studies provides direct access to a PhD within the fields of organic, environmental or computational chemistry.

The Department of Chemistry highly values a personal approach, which manifests itself in lectures and extensive practical exercises in small groups. You have easy access to professors and teaching staff, who are available to coach you throughout your studies.

A wide choice of optional courses makes it possible to tailor your study program to your specific interests. You are also encouraged to carry out an internship in Belgium or abroad.

INTERNATIONAL SOLVAY INSTITUTES

Chemistry in Brussels goes back to 1913, when Ernest Solvay founded the International Institute for Chemistry. In 1970, the Solvay family in association with the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) founded and independent body, the International Institutes for Physics and Chemistry, to continue this important quest for the advancement of scientific knowledge. Over the years, these institutes have remained symbols of scientific excellence. The Solvay Institutes organises conferences and meetings that attract and invite the most prominent chemists today. The Chemistry Department at the VUB is proud of this tradition.

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3 profiles, 1 degree

You have a choice of 3 profiles: Research, Industry or Education (30 ECTS in Dutch only). Whichever profile you choose, you graduate with the same Master’s degree in Chemistry. During your studies you will acquire a solid formation as a chemist and can participate in high-level research. The VUB Master in Chemistry is clearly a top choice.

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• Molecular and Macromolecular Design offers a thorough education in the design and synthesis of organic molecules and polymers, in which medicinal chemistry, computational chemistry and structural analysis feature prominently.

• Materials Chemistry focuses on the properties of materials, such as polymers, for example through surface analysis, X-rays and laser spectroscopy and computational chemistry.

• Analysis and Characterisation covers a whole range of analytical techniques, including new electrochemical methods, advanced chromatography and elemental and isotope analyses.

• Environmental Chemistry studies natural and disturbed processes in water, sediments and atmosphere. A variety of analytical techniques are used, and new sampling and measuring techniques are designed, tested, refined and optimised.

STUDENTS AS SCIENTISTS

The offered courses are strongly embedded in the ongoing research programmes of both VUB en UGent. Through intensive collaboration with team members of the different research groups, you have the opportunity to develop and improve your scientific skills. VUB researchers have strong connections both within and outside of Europe, through a wide range of research projects. This close connection to research means our students are well prepared for a PhD-position in environmental, organic or computational chemistry.

AFTER GRADUATION

A master degree opens doors in many different branches and sectors. You will be able to work in the private sector, (non-) governmental organisations, or continue your academic career as a PhD researcher. Not sure what your next step should be? The VUB helps you with your first steps on the job market.

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THE VUB HELPS YOU TO MAKE YOUR FIRST STEP IN THE JOB MARKET WITH WORKSHOPS, NETWORKING EVENTS, JOB FAIRS, TIPS ‘N TRICKS FOR JOB INTERVIEWS. ALL AN AMBITIOUS STUDENT NEEDS!

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IF YOU WANT TO CONTINUE YOUR ACADEMIC CAREER, YOU CAN APPLY FOR A PHD POSITION AT THE VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL. ALL YOU NEED IS A PROMOTER, RESEARCH SUBJECT AND SUFFICIENT FUNDING. ARE YOU UP FOR THIS CHALLENGE?

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Chemists wanted!

Did you know that Belgian companies are constantly searching for chemists? In Belgium, chemists are among the best-paying jobs. The Master in Chemistry prepares you for an interesting career in one of the most research intensive and growing sectors worldwide. Graduates work in a wide range of areas: in research, production, laboratories, sales and management. A number of chemists work in government labs, in food safety and research, production of drinking water, waste management and many other environmental aspects. In medical labs, hospitals and the pharmaceutical industry there is also a growing need for chemists.

The profile Industry prepares you for a career in both technical and business aspects of chemistry (e.g. as Quality Assurance Officer, Technical Director, Project Manager, etc.). The profile Research opens the way to a scientific career, focused on research at universities (PhD research), institutes or even industry (e.g. as Pharmaceutical R&D manager, Compound Development Team Leader, Expert Analytical Development, etc.).

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Conquer the world

During your studies, you have the opportunity to broaden your horizon by spending time abroad for courses, internship or even your Master's thesis. Within Europe, the Department of Chemsitry has Erasmus+ mobility agreements with the following universities:

Denmark

France

Ireland

Netherlands

Poland

Portugal

Spain

However, multiple possibilities also exist for stays outside of Europe. If you decide to follow the Profile Industry, an industrial internship in Belgium or abroad is mandatory.

For more information, don't hesitate to contact the exchange coordinator at yue.gao@vub.be

Direct admission

The Master of Science in Chemistry is directly open to holders of a Bachelor degree in Chemistry or equivalent. The Admission Board screens applicants based on the submitted documents. A solid background in organic and analytical/inorganic chemistry is required, as well as basic knowledge of quantum chemistry. To be accepted to this Master’s programme, the equivalent of at least an upper second class honours degree (overall mark of more than 60%) is required.

Application-based admission

Admission is based upon acceptance of the application (proof of meeting the academic and language requirements, satisfactory background...). All necessary information regarding the admission requirements, deadlines and application forms can be found on the application page. 

Application deadline

Prospective students are advised to apply as soon as possible, even if they have not yet obtained their degree. Applications can only be submitted through our website

  • Students who require a visa (non-EU/EEA nationals) need to submit their application before June 1st
  • Students who do not require a visa must apply before June 1st
  • Note: if the proof of English proficiency or APS certificate is not ready before the deadline, you can always submit it later instead of missing the deadline

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Tuition fees

All Flemish universities in Belgium are subsidised by the government, which results in relatively low tuition fees. The general tuition fee for our master programmes is €890/year. Some programmes have higher tuition fee for students with a non EU/EEA nationality. A detailed overview of the tuition fees can be found here.