MSc Program

Undeniably, analytical chemistry plays a crucial role in many fields of science, industry, and society. Amsterdam has been recognised as the national focal point for analytical sciences in The Netherlands. This is largely due to the established expertise in both analytical chemistry groups from the University of Amsterdam and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, as well as of other experts locally.

This expertise is also reflected in our unique MSc track in Analytical Sciences. It is the only programme in the Netherlands that covers all aspects of chemical analysis. During this programme, the students are exposed to a large range of modern analytical techniques. A number of strong research groups participate in the programme, together providing students with the possibility to acquire a fundamental understanding of, and hands-on experience with, all major analytical techniques.

Design Your Own Analytical Chemistry Master

The table below lists the current courses offered within the curriculum of the Chemistry, analytical sciences MSc programme. Students can start with the track Analytical Sciences twice per academic year, in September and in February. The programme contains 4 compulsory courses (6 EC each) on separation sciences, mass spectrometry, spectroscopic analysis, and statistics and chemometrics. Besides these compulsory topics, students must select elective theoretical courses from a large set of advanced and applied subjects.

Table: Overview of courses offered within the MSc. Chemistry, Analytical Sciences programme.

Students will generally take courses in the first year and write a literature thesis in the second year before starting on a research project. The programme concludes with a master’s thesis and an oral presentation. Research training takes place in the form of a major research project, within one of the participating groups in the programme, in external research institutes, or in industry.