Research schools in chemistry

Our research groups actively participate in several national research schools. These schools are consortia that stimulate collaboration between research groups of the different participating Dutch universities. The research schools also offer advanced training for MSc students, PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. Students in the LIC master’s programmes can use some of the courses as electives or for extracurricular development of their skills and knowledge. Currently, the research schools the LIC participates in are mainly appropriate for students in the MSc Chemistry.

Holland Research School of Molecular Chemistry (HRSMC)

The Holland Research School of Molecular Chemistry is a consortium of four Dutch Universities: the University of Amsterdam (UvA), the VU University Amsterdam (VU), Leiden University (UL) and the Radboud University (RU). The HRSMC research school mainly focuses on creating the conditions for a successful collaboration between the participating research groups and offering an extensive training programme for PhD students in the participating research groups. The topics cover a broad range of molecular chemistry: from inorganic, organic, physical and theoretical chemistry to crystallography and mass spectrometry. Some of the courses offered by the HRSMC are open to MSc students. An overview can be found on the HRSMC website. 

In addition, Chemistry students intending to specialise in the research area ‘Energy & Sustainability’ and are up for an additional challenge may apply for admission to the Graduate school programme ‘Sustainability: the Molecular Approach’. This special inter-university and multidisciplinary MSc programme has been developed for talented chemistry students. It guides them to become an expert in synthesis, spectroscopy and theory and helps them to build their network amongst staff members of three different Universities. Registration and selection takes place yearly in June. More information can be found on the HRSMC website.

Netherlands Institute for Catalysis Research (NIOK)

Dutch university research groups active in all areas of catalysis participate in the research school NIOK, which stands for ‘Nederlands Instituut voor Onderzoek in de Katalyse’ (Netherlands Institute for Catalysis Research). NIOK acts as the platform and sparring partner for national and international contacts on catalysis with academia, industry and government. NIOK considers education of young researchers of prime importance. Some of the courses offered by NIOK are open for MSc students. An overview can be found on the NIOK website.