Chemistry, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (schedule IELTS)
The overall aim of this Chemistry programme at KU Leuven is to train students to conduct research in an academic or industrial setting. Hence, it does not provide preparation for a teaching career. 


Students apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired in the Master’s thesis by identifying a research question, situating it in its proper chemical and social context and designing a study that addresses this research question.

Graduates pursuing a career in the chemical industry should be able to apply their knowledge in a global, economically and technologically driven environment, while graduates embarking on a research career should have acquired sufficient knowledge of a specialised subfield of chemistry, including modern, chemical instrumentation, and be up to date with recent findings in order to function effectively in a challenging research environment either within or outside the university. 

What is the Master of Chemistry at KU Leuven all about?

The overall aim of the Master of Chemistry programme is to train students to conduct research in an academic or industrial setting.

Students apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired by identifying a research question, situating it in its proper chemical and social context and designing a study that addresses this research question.This is an initial Master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis.

Career perspectives

The Master of Science in Chemistry offers a wide range of specialisations and, as such, many career options are available to our graduates. More than half of our alumni work in industry, while others work in academia or other research institutes.

Within industry, graduates can opt for a technical, a commercial, or research-oriented career. Since the chemical industry is also a major industrial sector throughout Europe and the rest of the world, employment opportunities are enhanced by obtaining a PhD. A few examples of professional domains where chemists are needed include industry (chemistry, petrochemistry, medical sector, pharmaceutical industry, agrochemistry, food industry etc.), government or public administration, and research institutes.

Programme Structure

There are five majors to choose from:

  • Quantum Chemistry and Physical Chemistry.
  • Molecular Design and Synthesis.
  • Molecular Imaging and Photonics.
  • Polymer Chemistry and Materials.
  • Biochemistry, Molecular and Structural Biology

Detailed Programme Facts

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

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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

  • Applicants who are non-native speakers of English must provide evidence of English language proficiency 
  • Applicants with a Belgian diploma: these applicants do not have to take an English proficiency test. Applicants with a university degree earned in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom or the LISA: the certified diploma end transcripts suffice, provided they confirm that the entire university study was completed in English. Absolutely no other diplomas. Will be accepted as evidence even if the applicant has followed an exclusively English-taught programme.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    906 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 906 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    906 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 906 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Leuven

  • 810 - 1280 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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