MSc Chemistry programme

Chemistry is the central science enabling a healthy future in a sustainable society. Chemistry researchers in Leiden take a fundamental approach in finding tailored solutions for complex societal problems in human health and environmental issues. The Leiden Institute of Chemistry (LIC) is the basis for research and collaborations of the Leiden chemistry groups.

The MSc programme in Chemistry offers four different specialisations, each with a choice from two research areas: ‘Chemical Biology’ and ‘Energy & Sustainability’. These areas correspond to the new major research areas in the LIC.

Research thesis

All major and minor research projects are concluded with a written thesis describing the research.

Thesis Talks

All major research training projects are concluded with a Thesis Talk. This presentation constitutes a training in presenting original research work to a group of non-experts. All students are required to attend at least 10 Thesis Talks from their fellow students during their master’s programme.

Programme of the specialisations EDU, BS, and SCS

Students that choose the EDU, SCS or BS-specialisation need to follow specific modules (30-60 EC) and therefore have a reduced research programme which consists of compulsory chemistry components (60 EC) and electives (0-30 EC). The compulsory chemistry components in these specialisations comprise a research training project (30 EC), an "academic skills" component (6 EC) and four core courses to be selected from the core chemistry MSc courses (24 EC).