Master of Science in Chemistry

Course content

We owe our current quality of life to developments in the exact sciences in general and more specifically to chemistry. Chemistry has had, and continues to have a major influence on numerous branches of Science, such as medicine, biology, agriculture and geology, but also connects to sciences such as physics and mathematics, establishing it as a truly central science.

The impact of chemistry is omnipresent in industry: numerous areas of industry involve chemistry, including for example production, quality control but also product improvement, waste processing.

Innovation and the development of new products and processes are simply not possible without a fundamental knowledge of chemistry. The structure of matter and insights into molecular processes and reactions contribute to scientific breakthroughs that will address current and future challenges.

Chemistry, with its characteristic strength in analysis and synthesis of molecules and molecular processes is indispensable within this frame. The development of long-lasting production-processes, new high-tech materials, products in nutrition - and pharmaceutical industries and methods for controlling diseases, … none of these can be seen separately from the evolution in chemistry.


The Master of Science in Chemistry provides a broad scientific education and experience in chemical research. The programme is taught in English. It contains scientifically and profession-oriented courses. It is also structured to develop a critical attitude, logical and analytical reasoning skills, and a sense for generalization and abstraction. It is organized to initiate students to research and seek scientific progress.
Students may choose from four major areas of study: Molecular and Macromolecular Design and Synthesis, Materials Chemistry, Analysis and Characterization or Environmental Chemistry (VUB) and perform research in one of the more specialised disciplines of chemistry: analytical, inorganic, macromolecular, organic, and physical and theoretical chemistry.

Course structure


The master program of chemistry has an offer of courses in English.

During the studies of master in chemistry you can orientate yourself in a particular direction by means of choosing a so-called minor. Every minor is a reflection of a specific career branch (research and development, industry and management). The program has been arranged in such a way that, regardless of the minor you choose, an equivalent master degree is obtained. The minor in research and development is particularly interesting for English speaking students.

The master program itself consists of  5 modules..

A first module consists of 5 compulsory general courses. These courses are, on the one hand, general chemistry courses on an advanced level or, on the other hand, general courses that are considered as essential for a master in chemistry.

The second module contains 30 credits of advanced chemistry courses, related with the research performed in the different research groups in the chemistry departments. Together, they give a clear in-depth knowledge in a broad area of chemistry.

All the advanced chemistry courses of the second module are scheduled in the first master year.  As they cover a broad area of chemistry, a well-considered choice can be made for the master dissertation in the second year of the program.

The remaining 36 credits are completed over the two master years with broadening elective courses.


The two-year master’s programme (120 credits) consists of five modules:
  • 24 credits for general courses
  • 30 credits for major courses
  • 30 credits for minor courses
  • 6 credits for elective courses
  • 30 credits for the master dissertation



The exchange programme contains a preferred list of English courses taught at UGent for the Master of Science in Chemistry.
The programme offers a wide selection of courses with subjects in all five major branches of chemistry: analytical, inorganic, macromolecular, organic, and physical and theoretical chemistry, as well as exciting research projects in these areas.

Career perspectives

It is a fact that chemistry is involved in several industrial branches, important for the economy and employment, such as chemical industry,  pharmaceutical industry, agriculture, … Due to the broadness of the scientific program, master graduates in chemistry are fit to apply for jobs in different sectors of industry and their possibilities on the job market are very diverse.  

Masters in chemistry can for instance be involved  in scientific research, product development, quality control,.. or they can take management functions for their account, and this in companies as well as in government institutions.  Besides that, they are also well prepared for a career in the services branch (including education).

The most important assets of university graduated chemists are that they are research minded, oriented towards solving problems and that they are polyvalent.

Admission requirements


  • For non-Flemish degrees:

the course is open to students with at least a Bachelor degree in the field of chemistry with minimum 180 credits.

  • For Flemish degrees:

the list of degrees giving access to this master can be consulted in the online course catalogue.


Check the language requirements for English study programmes.

Application Procedures


International students who want to obtain a diploma or degree at Ghent University apply and enroll as regular students on the basis of a diploma obtained abroad.


International students who temporarily live in a foreign country and attend courses or are involved in other academic activities, have to follow the procedure of exchange students.