Chemical Engineering, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #59 (ARWU) ,
Chemistry and Chemical Engineering in Groningen are the home of 2016 Nobel Prize winner Ben Feringa, who has won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his research on a light-driven rotary molecular motor. The University of Groningen offers the MS in Chemical Engineering degree programme.


How can you design a slow-release drug system and produce it in sufficient amounts? How can we make biodiesel from the Jatropha plant? How can we use waste products for pharmaceutical purposes?

These are some of the interesting questions you will be able to answer once you have completed the Master's degree programme in Chemical Engineering in Groningen. The University of Groningen offers a Master's degree programme for students who already have a solid background in chemistry, and who are eager to expand their knowledge and experience.

The two-year Chemical Engineering programme at University of Groningen offers four specialisations, besides a core programme (compulsory for every student):

  • Advanced Process Technology
  • Bio-based Products
  • Industrial Catalysts
  • Polymeric Products

The first three specialisations focus on product sectors, whereas Advanced Process Technology is the one specialisation which focuses on process technology.
In the core programme you will deal with themes such as interfacial engineering, bio-based products, polymer products and advanced product engineering.

Your research project takes place in one of our research groups, including the Zernike Institute of Advanced Materials. The Zernike Institute is ranked in the Times Higher Education's Top 10 of world's best institutes in materials science. The institute is dedicated to a cross-disciplinary approach; in many research groups physicists and chemists work closely together.

Job prospects

Chemical engineers from the University of Groningen are known for their flexibility and all-round skills. As a graduate, you could choose a career in a company like Corus, DSM, Akzo Nobel or Philips. Major IT companies are also keen to recruit chemical engineers from Groningen. Job possibilities in the region are expanding rapidly. Groningen is developing new industry and there is a high demand for well-trained new staff. You could also decide on a research position at a university.

Job examples

  • Work for multinationals like Philips and Akzo Nobel
  • Work for a major IT company
  • PhD research position

Programme Structure

Programme options

  • Advanced Process Technology (specialization)
  • Bio-based Products (specialization)
  • Industrial Catalysts (specialization)
  • Polymeric Products (specialization)
Programme schedule

The programme is split into a core programme (95 ects, compulsory for every student) and four subprogrammes of 25 ects each:

  • Catalysis and Green Chemistry track
  • Product Technology track: Bio-based Products
  • Product Technology track: Industrial Catalysts
  • Product Technology track: Polymeric Products

2-year programme; credits per year: 60 ECTS; most courses are 5 ECTS.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

A Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering with elements of (polymer) chemistry . Interested candidates with a background in the field of food/biotechnology will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

This is merely an indication of required background knowledge. The admissions board determines whether the specific contents of this/these course(s) meet the admission requirements of the master programme for which you applied.

For more information, please visit the programme website.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    14200 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14200 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2060 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Groningen

  • 750 - 1000 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


In cooperation with major national and international companies we welcome students with several scholarships.

ASML Scholarship: ASML is one of the world's leading manufacturers of chip-making equipment. The €5000 p/y scholarship is awarded every year to 25 exceptional students, who get the chance to become a Technology Ambassador within their scholarship period.

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