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Programme outline

Number of ECTS credits: 
120
Number of years: 
2
Internship: 
Possible for 6 or 12 ECTS
Exchange possibilities: 
Possible for 30 ECTS in Belgium and abroad with the Erasmus+ and other exchange programs
Study language: 
English
In cooperation with: 
Ghent University
Faculty: 
Science and Bio-engineering Sciences
accredited by NVAO
Campus: 
Brussels Engineering, Sciences & Humanities Campus
Deze opleiding in het Nederlands: 
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Master of Science in Chemistry

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Master of Science in Chemistry

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Academic year 2017-2018
The Master of Science in Chemistry is composed of:
1) 60 ECTS-credits compulsory part (30 ECTS-credits compulsory courses + 30 ECTS-credits Master dissertation);
2) 30 ECTS-credits to choose within one cluster;
3) 30 ECTS-credits electives.
In total, this academic plan comprises 120 study points.

Master of Science in Chemistry - Compulsory courses

Compulsory part: 60 ECTS-credits

First year master

These courses are envisioned to be part of year 1 of the model trajectory.
From the courses listed below, students must obtain 30 ECTS credits.
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Advanced Organic Chemistry 1st semester 5
Chemometrics 1st semester 4
Electrochemistry 1st semester 4
Environmental Chemistry 1st semester 3
Molecular Physical Chemistry 1st semester 5
Polymer Chemistry 1st semester 5
Chemical Process Technology 2nd semester 4

Second year master

The Master dissertation is part of year 2 of the model trajectory. Registration for the Master dissertation is only allowed if one can graduate.
From the courses listed below, students must obtain 30 ECTS credits.
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Master Dissertation Chemistry 1st and 2nd semester 30

Master of Science in Chemistry - Clusters

30 ECTS-credits to choose within one cluster.

Cluster Molecular and Macromolecular Design

The cluster 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.
From the courses listed below, students must obtain 30 ECTS credits.
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Advanced Chromatography and Organic Mass Spectroscopy 1st semester 6
Advanced NMR Spectroscopy: Application to Structure Analysis 1st semester 6
The f-elements 1st semester 6
Computational Chemistry 2nd semester 6
Medicinal Chemistry 2nd semester 6
Natural Product Chemistry 2nd semester 6
Organometallics and Catalysis 2nd semester 6
Polymer Materials 2nd semester 6
Trends in Organic Chemistry 2nd semester 6
Drug Discovery and Design 1 1st and 2nd semester 8
Drug Discovery and Design 2 1st and 2nd semester 8
Drug Discovery and Design 3 1st and 2nd semester 10

Cluster Materials Chemistry

The cluster Materials Chemistry focuses on the properties of materials, such as polymers, for example surface analysis, X-rays and laser spectroscopy and computational chemistry.
From the courses listed below, students must obtain 30 ECTS credits.
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Advanced NMR Spectroscopy: Application to Structure Analysis 1st semester 6
Risk Assessment 1st semester 6
The f-elements 1st semester 6
Computational Chemistry 2nd semester 6
Polymer Materials 2nd semester 6
Solid State Chemistry 2nd semester 6
Surface Analysis 2nd semester 6
X-Ray and Laser Spectroscopy biennial: 2nd semester of an odd academic year 6

Cluster Analysis and Characterisation

The cluster Analysis and Characterisation covers a whole range of analytical techniques, including new electrochemical methods, advanced chromatography and elemental and isotope analyses.
From the courses listed below, students must obtain 30 ECTS credits.
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Advanced Chromatography and Organic Mass Spectroscopy 1st semester 6
Advanced NMR Spectroscopy: Application to Structure Analysis 1st semester 6
Risk Assessment 1st semester 6
Mass Spectrometry & Isotopic Analysis 2nd semester 6
Surface Analysis 2nd semester 6
Field Sampling and Analysis biennial: 2nd semester of an odd academic year 6
X-Ray and Laser Spectroscopy biennial: 2nd semester of an odd academic year 6

Cluster Environmental Chemistry

The cluster Environmental Chemistry studies natural and disturbed processes in water, soil and atmosphere. A variety of analytical techniques are used here, and new sampling and measuring techniques are designed, refined and optimised.
From the courses listed below, students must obtain 30 ECTS credits.
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Advanced Chromatography and Organic Mass Spectroscopy 1st semester 6
Risk Assessment 1st semester 6
Aquatic Environmental Chemistry 2nd semester 6
Mass Spectrometry & Isotopic Analysis 2nd semester 6
Environmental Analysis biennial: 1st semester of an odd academic year (e.g. 2013-2014) 6
Field Sampling and Analysis biennial: 2nd semester of an odd academic year 6
Introduction to the Earth Atmosphere System biennial: 2nd semester of an odd academic year 3
Tropospheric and Stratospheric Chemistry and Global Change biennial: 2nd semester of an odd academic year 3
Modelling of the Environment biennial: 2nd semester of an even academic year 6

Profile Research

At least 18 ECTS-credits to choose from the electives Research.

In addition to all listed elective courses, maximum 6 ECTS-credits of elective courses can be chosen from other Master programmes organized at VUB, UGent or another accredited University after approval by the VUB Exam Committee Master of Science in Chemistry.

The total amount of Dutch or other non-English courses in this English Master Programme cannot exceed 60 ECTS-credits (i.e. max. 50% of the complete Master programme).
To complete this module, students must obtain 60 study points.

Electives Profile Research

Minimum 18 ECTS-credits to choose.
From the courses listed below, students must obtain 18 ECTS credits.
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Advanced Electrochemistry 1st semester 3
Advanced Polymer Chemistry 1st semester 3
Advanced Supramolecular Chemistry and Self-Assembly 1st semester 3
Advanced X-ray Spectroscopic Techniques for Chemical Analysis 1st semester 3
Chemistry of Nanostructures 1st semester 3
Density Functional Theory 1st semester 3
Molecular Modelling: Electronic Structure Methods 1st semester 3
Nanoporous Materials 1st semester 3
Quantum Chemical Methods 1st semester 3
Superconducting Materials 1st semester 3
Synthesis and Structure of Peptides 1st semester 3
Synthesis Strategy 1st semester 3
Advanced Thermal Analysis 2nd semester 3
Archaeometry 2nd semester 3
Asymmetric Synthesis 2nd semester 3
Bio-organic Chemistry 2nd semester 3
Peptidomimetics 2nd semester 3
Polymer Processing 2nd semester 3
Stable Isotope Geochemistry 2nd semester 3
Advanced Biogeochemistry biennial: 2nd semester of an even academic year 6
Exposure to Contaminants via Food and the Environment: Bioaccumulation biennial: 2nd semester of an even academic year 3
Polymers for Bio-related Applications biennial: 2nd semester of an even academic year 3

Electives Profile Industry

Elective courses Profile Industry are part of year 1 and 2 of the model trajectory.
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Business Aspects of Innovation in Materials 1st semester 3
Chemical Process Design 1st semester 3
Fuel Cells and Batteries 1st semester 3
Introduction to Business 1st semester 3
Sustainability of Materials (incl. Corrosion) 1st semester 5
Environmental Law 2nd semester 3
Heterogeneous Catalysis 2nd semester 5
Micro- and Nanobiotechnology 2nd semester 3
Polymers: rheology and processing 2nd semester 4
Functional Polymers 1st and 2nd semester 3
Intellectual Property Rights 1st and 2nd semester 3
Internship I 1st and 2nd semester 6
Internship II 1st and 2nd semester 6

Elective courses Clusters

Elective courses can also be chosen from other clusters.
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Advanced Chromatography and Organic Mass Spectroscopy 1st semester 6
Advanced NMR Spectroscopy: Application to Structure Analysis 1st semester 6
Risk Assessment 1st semester 6
The f-elements 1st semester 6
Aquatic Environmental Chemistry 2nd semester 6
Computational Chemistry 2nd semester 6
Mass Spectrometry & Isotopic Analysis 2nd semester 6
Medicinal Chemistry 2nd semester 6
Natural Product Chemistry 2nd semester 6
Organometallics and Catalysis 2nd semester 6
Polymer Materials 2nd semester 6
Solid State Chemistry 2nd semester 6
Surface Analysis 2nd semester 6
Trends in Organic Chemistry 2nd semester 6
Drug Discovery and Design 1 1st and 2nd semester 8
Drug Discovery and Design 2 1st and 2nd semester 8
Drug Discovery and Design 3 1st and 2nd semester 10
Environmental Analysis biennial: 1st semester of an odd academic year (e.g. 2013-2014) 6
Field Sampling and Analysis biennial: 2nd semester of an odd academic year 6
Introduction to the Earth Atmosphere System biennial: 2nd semester of an odd academic year 3
Tropospheric and Stratospheric Chemistry and Global Change biennial: 2nd semester of an odd academic year 3
X-Ray and Laser Spectroscopy biennial: 2nd semester of an odd academic year 6
Modelling of the Environment biennial: 2nd semester of an even academic year 6

Other electives

For an elective course that is not listed above, please contact the learning path councelor.