Course structure

The Master's program Chemical Engineering has a total duration of two academic years and has a value of 120 credit points (EC), based on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). The academic year, starting at the end of August or beginning of September and ending in July, is subdivided into two semesters, each accounting for 30 ECTS. These semesters are divided again in two quartiles each. It is possible to enter the Master's program at the beginning of each of the semesters. However, starting at the beginning of the start of the Academic year is preferred. 

The Master's program in Chemical Engineering offers two specializations you can choose from: Chemical and Process Technology (CPT) and Molecular Systems and Materials Chemistry (MSMC). The main structure of
the Master's programis shown in the following table. The structure of the master’s program is identical for both specializations. The core program is compulsory for all students within the specialization.

Core Program (specialization specific)

20 EC

Specialization Elective Program

20 EC

Free Elective Program

15 EC


20 EC

Graduation Project

45 EC

Elective courses
You have been admitted to the Master's program and one specialization in particular. In consultation with a professional coach, which can be a (associate) professor of one of the research groups within this specialization, you will choose a specialization elective program as well as a free elective program, with subjects that link up with your own specific knowledge and interests. The specialization elective program is linked up with the research field you will work on during your graduation project. For this reason, up to three courses from the specialization program need te be approved by the graduation supervisor. For the composition of the free elective program there are no restrictions other than that there should be no overlap with the study components within the Master’s program.
Besides a sufficient number of elective courses within the chosen specialization, you can choose courses from the other specialization, from other departments or even from other universities to add to this set of electives.

Industrial internship
The industrial internship of 3 months (20 ECTS) will offer you the opportunity to see how Chemical Engineering works in everyday practice. You will also experience a real-life working environment with different people, different backgrounds, different facilities and sometimes a different organization.
The industrial internship can take place at a research institute or company in or even out of the Netherlands.

Graduation project
During your graduation project, which lasts eight months, you will further develop the expertise and skills you have developed during the Master's program. You will demonstrate your ability to carry out a research project independently. This project will be carried out in one of the research laboratories at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry. The topic of the graduation project will lie within the field of research of the section concerned under supervision of the responsible professor.