Programme of the specialisations EDU, SBB, and SCS

Students that choose the EDU, SCS or SBB-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). 

Science & Research Based Business (SBB)

This specialisation offers the opportunity to combine training in chemistry research with education in business and entrepreneurship. It enables science students to understand the fundamentals of business management and innovation. The emphasis is on science-driven organisations and on establishing new business based on the outcomes of scientific research. The SBB programme is geared towards pursuing future career opportunities, both in academia and in industry. About 40% of the former SBB-students have gone on to do a PhD, where most of the others found employment in industry as consultant or in a managerial position.

More information and registration instructions for Science-Based Business is available on the SBB website. The SBB programme starts twice a year in September and February.


Chemistry & Education (EDU)

The education part of the MSc programme Chemistry and Education is organised by the Leiden University Graduate School of Teaching (ICLON) and the programme language is Dutch. The specialisation module comprises courses in (Chemistry) Didactics (10 EC), Professional Functioning (12 EC), Educational Research (8 EC) and School Training (30 EC). The programme is designed to obtain the so-called “eerstegraads lesbevoegdheid” which qualifies for teaching at all levels in Dutch high schools. Students that already have chosen the minor Education in their BSc study, need only 30 EC of the specialisation module; the remaining 30 EC is then added to the electives. 

More information can be found on the website The education programme can best be started in September after completion of the chemistry programme modules.


Chemistry & Communication (SCS)

 The MSc specialisation in Communication offers students the opportunity to combine previous research training with programmes in different aspects of science communication, such as journalism, new media, museology and information visualisation. The MSc specialisation Chemistry & Communication is offered by lecturers in Science Communication & Society (SCS). 

Students participating in one of the MSc programmes of the Faculty of Sciences and the MSc Biomedical Sciences (LUMC) are admitted to this MSc specialisation. The primary focus in this specialisation is on science communication in the Netherlands and students explore various aspects of professional science communication.


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