24 months
17000 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
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The Molecular Chemistry Master's specialisation programme at Radboud University is a creative science programme where chemists synthesize molecules with new biological or physical properties to address scientific or societal challenges. Think of catalytic conversions, lead compounds for future medicines or the next generation of conducting polymers.

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Programme overview

The Master's specialisation in Molecular Chemistry focuses on the synthesis of molecules and the restructuring of physical properties. Working with chemical structures the possibilities are endless, the challenge is to adapt the 3D-structure to the desired properties and design an efficient synthesis method.

This programme works closely with the experts at the Institute for Molecules and Materials. Radboud also has an extensive network and connections to other research institutes at Oxford, Princeton or Berkeley University. This means you will have plenty of opportunities for great internships.

Would you like to know if you are eligible to be admitted to this programme? Take our E-Check and instantly get an insight in your eligibility: echeck.ru.nl

What will you learn?

  • Gain a thorough understanding of the building blocks of molecular chemistry

  • Choose electives and gain knowledge based on the topics that you are passionate about
  • Get hands-on experience designing, conducting and presenting research alongside world-class researchers in your field

Career prospects

Approximately 40% of our graduates take up a PhD position, including at our research institutes, in particular the Institute for Molecules and Materials.

The Molecular Chemistry graduates also find work as researchers, marketeers and managers in the chemical industry, or in one of our spin-off companies. A small proportion will not work in science, but for instance as a policymaker at a governmental organisation such as NWO or STW.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Systems Chemistry 
  • Advanced Organic Synthesis 
  • Molecular Materials 
  • Polymer Chemistry 
  • Instrumental Analysis in (Bio) Molecular Chemistry 
  • Synthesis of Biomolecules
  • Materials Science
  • Advanced Structure Determination 
  • Physical Organic Chemistry of the Cell 
  • Metal Catalysis in Total Synthesis 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Non-EU/EEA applicants 

  • 1 April: Final deadline

EU/EEA applicants  

  • 1 July: Final deadline


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A completed Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Science or related area

    In general, you are admitted with the equivalent of a Dutch Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, or a related programme in molecular science. In case of other pre-education, students must have passed preliminary examinations containing the subject matter in the admission criteria below (or equivalent literature). Any deficiencies in this matter should be eliminated before you can take part in a specialisation. An international degree has to be equivalent to a Dutch university diploma. The Admission Office will determine if an international student has the required knowledge to be admitted. The Admission Office will also indicate if the student is required to follow specific courses from the Bachelor's programme to eliminate possible deficiencies. If you want to make sure that you meet our academic requirements, please contact the student advisor.

  •  A proficiency in English

Students must have passed (preliminary) examinations containing the following subject matter:

  • Chemical Analysis: at least 3 EC from standard university textbook, e.g Quantitative Chemical Analysis by Harris (Freeman)
  • Organic chemistry: at least 6 EC from standard university textbook, e.g. Organic Chemistry by Bruice (Pearson)
  • Inorganic chemistry: at least 3 EC from standard university textbook, e.g. Inorganic Chemistry by Housecroft & Sharpe (Pearson)
  • Physical chemistry/thermodynamics: at least 6 EC from standard university textbook, e.g. Physical Chemistry by Atkins & De Paula (Freeman)
  • Biochemistry: at least 6 EC from standard university textbook, e.g. Lehninger, Principles of Biochemistry by Nelson & Cox (Macmillan)
  • Quantum mechanics/chemical bonding: at least 6 EC from standard university textbook, e.g. College Physics by Serway, Faughn & Vuille (Brooks/Cole)
  • Spectroscopy: at least 3 EC from standard university textbook, e.g. Physical Chemistry by Atkins & De Paula (Freeman)
  • Solid state chemistry: at least 6 EC from standard university textbook, e.g. Hook & Hall, Solid State Physics
  • Mathematics: at least 6 EC from standard university textbook, e.g. Calculus: a complete course by Adams & Essex (Pearson)
  • Physics: at least 6 EC from standard university textbook, e.g. College Physics by Serway, Faughn & Vuille (Brooks/Cole)
  • Experimental skills (at least 12 EC of practical courses on analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, biochemistry and/or physics)
  • 30 EC of chemistry-related courses on advanced Bachelor's level
  • Due to the COVID-19 outbreak which has led to the temporary closure of test centres, Radboud University currently also accepts the iBT TOEFL Special Home Edition. For all other questions regarding the coronavirus please visit our FAQ.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17000 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Nijmegen

800 - 1000 EUR /month
Living costs

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


  • We have a number of scholarships available only for international Master’s students. You can find the full list, including details about eligibility requirements and how to apply, on the university's website

  • Please do note, that most of these scholarships are not fully funded. The Radboud Scholarship Programme (RSP) is the only scholarship that offers both fully and partially funded scholarships.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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