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Master of Chemistry

KU Leuven
Program overview
2 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
English, Dutch

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About this program

Master of Chemistry

Breakthroughs in chemistry can change the texture of our lives. The Master of Chemistry imparts in its students insight into the composition, structure and properties of matter, and the design, synthesis and development of new (bio)molecular materials.

The Program trains students to conduct research in an industrial or academic setting. Upon completion of the Program, you will be able to translate a given problem into a chemical research question and explore the answer to this question based on your knowledge of specific and advanced chemistry topics in an interdisciplinary context. You will also have acquired the skill of reporting your findings to peers and non-experts.

The full Program comprises 120 ECTS credits, including 18 ECTS for compulsory courses and 42 ECTS for electives. In addition, you develop practical skills during an external internship (in industry or a research institute) of 30 ECTS. The remaining 30 ECTS are allocated to the master's thesis.

The elective courses are clustered in three tracks:

  • Theoretical and Structural Chemistry
  • Sustainable Chemistry
  • Nanostructured Materials

Admission requirements

  • You must have obtained an academic bachelor's degree in the field of chemistry or a related field with a sufficient background in chemistry. You should have a good command of both spoken and written English.
  • You should have a good command of both spoken and written English.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the institute website.

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Program content

  • Polymer Sciences: from Synthesis to Polymer Material
  • Industrial Chemistry
  • Final Exam

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.

Program delivery

The courses taught in English and Dutch.


Please visit the university website for more information about tuition fees


Credits: 120 ECTS

Career paths

Many career options are available to our graduates. More than half of our alumni work in industry, while others are employed within academia and other research institutes.

The chemical industry is a major sector throughout Europe and the world. Possible employment in industry is enhanced by obtaining a PhD. Professional domains where chemists are required include petrochemistry, the medical sector, the pharmaceutical industry, agrochemistry, food industry, government and public administration, and other research institutes.

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KU Leuven. Inspiring the Outstanding

KU Leuven is Europe’s most innovative university. Located in Belgium, it is dedicated to research, education, and service to society. KU Leuven is a founding member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and has a strong European and...

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Why study at KU Leuven

A Highly Ranked University

According to international rankings, KU Leuven is among the best 100 universities in the world. Moreover, KU Leuven was ranked as most innovative university of Europe by Reuters four years in a row (2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019). All of KU Leuven’s disciplines proudly belong to the top 100 of their field. Scholars and researchers, teachers and visionaries, thinkers and makers all have their place in KU Leuven’s fertile intellectual habitat.

Most Innovative University in Europe

KU Leuven has been identified as Europe’s most innovative university for four years in a row by Reuters. By developing the most important drug against HIV, a new type of solar panel that converts oxygen into hydrogen and uncovering the secrets of Sagalassos, KU Leuven researchers have a profound impact on our everyday lives in nearly all fields of research. That innovative character is deeply embedded in the way we teach our students, by integrating relevant guest lectures, taking an Interdisciplinary approach and opening the most advanced research and education facilities.

A Comprehensive University

As a comprehensive university, KU Leuven offers a wide range of disciplines organized by 15 faculties. Each of these disciplines is ranked in the top 100 of its field according to the THE World University Rankings by subject. Half of the university’s faculties are even in the top 50 within their fields of study.

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KU Leuven

Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven

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