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Course detail 2009-2010  
Important notice on language
This programme is mainly taught in Dutch.
Qualification awarded
In order to obtain the degree of Master of Chemistry the student
  • should be enrolled for the programme in question under a diploma contract or under an exam contract to obtain a diploma
  • should have taken all the exams that the programme encompasses
  • should previously have registered for the programme with the examination board.
  • should have acquired at least 120 ECTS-credits
The programme consists of 120 ECTS-credits.
In a model academic year, the student takes between 54 and 66 ECTS-credits.
Admission requirements
Direct: academic bachelor of chemistry
Objectives and learning outcomes
The master of chemistry has a thorough knowledge of and insight in the behaviour and characteristics of chemical compounds and materials and in the way in which they can be analysed and synthesised.
The master of chemistry is able to independently situate and evaluate a scientific problem and to formulate a question. He/she has the knowledge and skills to answer these questions withing the context of the current level of scientific knowledge.
His/her scientific knowledge allows the master of chemistry to draft a problem solving strategy of theoretical calculations and/or experiments. He/she has the skills to execute this systematically and to collaborate within an international team if this is necessary.
Within the descipline as well as in an interdisciplinary context he/she can lead or perform experiments in order to obtain data and process these into new insights.
The master of chemistry can synthesise a complex, possibly incomplete series of (multidisciplinary) data in order to come to a well-considered evaluation of e chemical problem.
The master of chemistry is aware of the line between objectivity and subjectivity, of the possibilities and the limitations set by technology and knowledge. He/she acts as a thinking and reflective scientist in all his/her activities.
The master of chemistry has a sense of professional responsibility as a scientist and will try to contribute to the development of general knowledge by using his/her capacity for originality and creativity.
The master of chemistry has a sense of social responsibility: he/she can relate chemistry to the social, ethical and technological aspects of society and he/she can estimate the consequences of his/her own and other’s chemical actions.
The master of chemistry can summarize, communicate and interpret his/her findings on chemical questions on different levels: to peers, to a large audience and to policy makers. The master of chemistry can do this in his/her mother tongue as well as in English (at least).
Based on his/her knowledge and insight in the different chemical sub-disciplines he/she can autonomously specialize in research or start a career in the chemical industry, with the government  or in (higher) education.
The master of chemistry is able to independently perform scientific research at the level of junior researcher and so develop and sharpen his/her research skills.  Alternatively, the master can independently use his/her scientific knowledge at the level of a junior professional and autonomously acquire additional insights and skills that are relevant to the situation. 

The master of chemistry has the attitude to keep following the scientific evolution in chemistry (or in his/her own sub-discpline) in order to maintain his/her professional level and direct his/her own lifelong learning curve.
Access to further studies
Further studies with direct access
Master of Medical Radiation Physics, Statistical Data Analysis, Applied Sciences and Engineering: Applied Computer Science, Engineering Sciences: Applied Computer Sciences, Engineering Sciences: Materials Engineering, Engineering Sciences: Photonics Engineering, Environmental Sanitation and Management, Photonics Science and Engineering, Project Management, Safety Engineering
Specific Teacher Training

Further studies with conditional access
Master of Nanophysics, International Relations and Diplomacy, Drug Development, Industrial Management, Nuclear Engineering, Pharmaceutical Care
Postgraduate Studies in Biosafety in Plant Biotechnology,Postgraduate Studies in Weather and Climate Modeling
Final examination
A student’s final result is a weighted average of the exam results the student has obtained for all the programme components of his/her training programme. In calculating the final result, the credits corresponding to the various programme components are used for weighting the results obtained for those components.

The final result is expressed as an integer out of 100.

A student whose final result is less than 50 out of 100 can never be declared successful.

A student is successful for the training programme if he/she has obtained credits for all the programme components in his/her training programme.
The examination board can declare a student who has not obtained credits for all the programme components successful if it can substantiate why it believes that the objectives of the programme have been achieved.
For more information see the Education and Examination regulation.
ECTS co-ordinator

Prof. dr. A. Bogaerts,