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Master of Chemistry (Leuven)

KU Leuven
Program overview
2 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
September 2022

September 2023

September 2024

About this program

KU Leuven's Master of Chemistry provides extensive chemical knowledge and thorough training in current research. You will learn to deepen and apply your new knowledge to solve the interdisciplinary problems of the future, in both an industrial and an academic setting. The programme is anchored in the strong research environment of the Chemistry Department.

What is the Master of Chemistry all about?

The Master of Chemistry (Leuven) programme prepares the student to conduct solid research in an academic or industrial setting. Students apply the newly acquired knowledge and skills to identify a research question, to establish its chemical and social context, and to design a pathway to address this particular question.


The full master’s programme comprises 120 ECTS credits, including 18 ECTS for compulsory courses, and 42 ECTS for electives. In addition, you develop practical skills in an external internship in industry or a research institute (30 ECTS), while the remaining 30 ECTS are allocated to a master's project.

There are three exciting tracks to choose from: Theoretical and Structural Chemistry, Sustainable Chemistry, and Nanostructured Materials. Each track is on the leading edge of research and development in chemistry.


- The Department of Chemistry aims to develop research programmes dedicated to solving problems in the domains of design, synthesis and the characterisation of new compounds for medicinal and materials applications.
- Students will learn about sustainable synthetic chemistry and hydrometallurgy, and determination and theoretical prediction of the chemical properties of biomolecules and polymers on the molecular, as well as on the materials level by spectroscopy, microscopy and other tools.
- Students will have the extensive resources of the faculty network at their disposal and get a foot in the door to employment, or to pursuing further academic interests

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Career paths

Many career options are available to our graduates. More than half of our alumni work in industry, while others are employed within academia and other research institutes.

The chemical industry is a major sector throughout Europe and the world. Possible employment in industry is enhanced by obtaining a PhD. Professional domains where chemists are required include petrochemistry, the medical sector, the pharmaceutical industry, agrochemistry, food industry, government and public administration, and other research institutes.

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KU Leuven. Inspiring the Outstanding

KU Leuven is Europe’s most innovative university. Located in Belgium, it is dedicated to research, education, and service to society. KU Leuven is a founding member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and has a strong European and...

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Why study at KU Leuven

A Highly Ranked University

According to international rankings, KU Leuven is among the best 100 universities in the world. Moreover, KU Leuven was ranked as most innovative university of Europe by Reuters four years in a row (2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019). All of KU Leuven’s disciplines proudly belong to the top 100 of their field. Scholars and researchers, teachers and visionaries, thinkers and makers all have their place in KU Leuven’s fertile intellectual habitat.

Most Innovative University in Europe

KU Leuven has been identified as Europe’s most innovative university for four years in a row by Reuters. By developing the most important drug against HIV, a new type of solar panel that converts oxygen into hydrogen and uncovering the secrets of Sagalassos, KU Leuven researchers have a profound impact on our everyday lives in nearly all fields of research. That innovative character is deeply embedded in the way we teach our students, by integrating relevant guest lectures, taking an Interdisciplinary approach and opening the most advanced research and education facilities.

A Comprehensive University

As a comprehensive university, KU Leuven offers a wide range of disciplines organized by 15 faculties. Each of these disciplines is ranked in the top 100 of its field according to the THE World University Rankings by subject. Half of the university’s faculties are even in the top 50 within their fields of study.

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KU Leuven

Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven

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