|Degree:||Master of Science (MSc)|
The Master in Chemistry is a two-year (120 ECTS) advanced study in chemistry. This MSc program benefits from the expertise in the different research domains of both Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and Ghent University (UGent). We offer a high-level scientific education that combines a solid theoretical background with real hands-on experimental skills and critical thinking. At VUB, you work in modern, state-of-the-art labs and you are part of a dynamic interuniversity research group. The close ties with the VUB’s bio- and civil engineering departments also illustrate the multidisciplinary nature of our chemistry teaching. The experience you gain during your studies provides direct access to a PhD within the fields of organic, environmental or computational chemistry.
The Department of Chemistry highly values a personal approach, which manifests itself in lectures and extensive practical exercises in small groups. You have easy access to professors and teaching staff, who are available to coach you throughout your studies.
A wide choice of optional courses makes it possible to tailor your study program to your specific interests. You are also encouraged to carry out an internship in Belgium or abroad.
Chemistry in Brussels goes back to 1913, when Ernest Solvay founded the International Institute for Chemistry. In 1970, the Solvay family in association with the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) founded and independent body, the International Institutes for Physics and Chemistry, to continue this important quest for the advancement of scientific knowledge. Over the years, these institutes have remained symbols of scientific excellence. The Solvay Institute organises conferences and meetings that attract and invite the most prominent chemists, and VUB's Chemistry Department is proud of this tradition.
You have the choice between two specialisations: Analytical and Environmental Chemistry, and Chemical Theory, (Bio-)Molecular Design and Synthesis.
No matter what specialisation you choose, you graduate with the same Master of Science in Chemistry degree. During your studies at VUB you will acquire the most solid formation as a chemist and you will have the chance to participate in high-level research. In the framework of your Master dissertation you will be involved in fundamental and applied research and we will guide you on how to work out relevant, original and innovative solutions for contemporary issues in the broadly defined field of ‘Chemistry’. The VUB Master of Science in Chemistry is a top choice!