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Do you want to discover new molecules or develop advanced materials with specific properties, at a university, a public or industrial research lab? Do you want to work on energy-efficient and environmentally friendly materials and processes? Do you want to specialise in molecular and macromolecular design, with applications in various field such as medicine, materials, etc.? Do you want to study the impact of chemical products on the environment? Do you want to share your knowledge and are you considering a career in education? Do you already have a professional Bachelor’s degree and are you looking to pursue your education and increase your opportunities on the job market?

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international opportunities

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:





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, please contact us by mail: exchange.outgoing@vub.ac.be.

after your education


If you want to continue your academic career, you can apply for a PhD position at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. All you need is the drive to carry out your own independent project, a promoter, a challenging subject and a source of funding. Are you up for this challenge?

The profile Research in the MSc Chemistry prepares you well for a PhD position at the VUB or abroad. Approximately half of our graduates choose to pursue a career in academia. This profile is mainly focused on independent scientific research. You can choose to build further on the research for your Master’s thesis, or you can choose to focus your PhD research on a different topic or specialisation.

First step in the market

Wanted: chemists!

Because of your broad education you can pursue a career in a wide range of different sectors. Most graduates find a career in the chemical industry. They take up various positions: research, production, laboratories, sales and management. A number of chemists also work in government labs for the control and research of foods, potable water, radioactive isotopes, waste and related environmental aspects. There is also a great demand for well-trained chemists in medical labs, hospitals and pharmacies.

The profile Industry prepares you for a career in business and industry.

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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