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BSc Chemical Engineering
Chemical engineers work on the production of chemicals at industrial scale. The Bachelor in Chemical Engineering at the University of Groningen will prepare you towards this profession. You will learn to deal with chemical processes on a large scale, to develop new chemical products and to design improved catalysts for the targeted reactions. At the same time you will learn to evaluate and improve the safety and sustainability of chemical processes. Along the way you will be also stimulated to develop your critical thinking skills and your problem-solving attitude.
The fascinating thing about Chemical Engineering is that you will be involved in the development of new products but you will also think about the production process and about the catalyst that is needed to promote the reaction. A Chemical Engineer is concerned with the entire development of a new product or processes, from A to Z. This means you will learn much more than just how chemical reactions work. Chemical Engineers at the University of Groningen, for example, have developed a new process for the production of biodiesels as well as new polymeric products for the oil industry and for high- tech applications.
Groningen is the only University where you can study both Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. If you find it hard to choose between a Bachelor's degree Program in chemistry or in chemical engineering, Groningen is the place to be. The first year of both Programs is identical so you don't have to make a definite choice until your second year. It's very likely that you don't yet know which specialization to choose, so you won't have to decide until the second year.
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- Biochemistry and Biotechnology
- Concepts of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
- Inorganic chemistry
- Linear Algebra & Multivariable Calculus for Chemistry
- Mathematics for Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
- Molecules: Structure, Reaction and Function
- Organic chemistry 1
- Physical chemistry 1
- Practical Synthesis and Analysis
- Sustainability Projects
- Transport Phenomena
- Computational Methods in Science and Technology
- Green Chemistry: Technological, Societal and Ethical Aspects
- Industrial Organic Chemistry and Catalysis
- Industrial Organic Chemistry and Catalysis Practical
- Linear Algebra for Chemical Engineering
- Macromolecular Chemistry
- Physical Transport Phenomena 1
- Practical Macromolecular Chemistry
- Product Technology
- Seperation Processes
- Single-Phase Reactors
- Technical Thermodynamics
- Bachelor's Research Project
- Chemical Process Development and Design
- Electives: Electrochemical Technology/Medicinal Chemistry/Physical Properties of
- Materials 1/Structural Probes for Solid Materials
- General Process Equipment
- Multiphase Reactors
- Physical Transport Phenomena 2
- Process Control and Dynamics
- Process Design
- Special Process Equipment
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.
- Tuition fees for EU/EEA Students: € 2,314 per year
- Tuition fees for Non-EU/EEA Students: € 16,500 per year
Credits: 180 ECTS
BSc in Chemical Engineering
After the three-year Bachelor's Program, you will be able to continue your study with our attractive Master's degree Program, but you will also have the option to look immediately for a job. As a graduate in the bachelor chemical engineer, you are qualified for a range of attractive positions, mainly in the business sector: for example, Chemical Engineers can find employment in advisory, control, R&D and management positions.
You may be involved in setting up a new factory, optimising existing processes or developing new products and materials.
- Academic researcher
- Chemical engineer
- Energy engineer
- Product development scientist
- Technical and research positions in laboratories or factories
- Positions in the chemical, pharmaceutical and food industries
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University of Groningen
The University of Groningen is one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands, founded in 1614 and it ranks amongst the top 100 universities in the world. We are a research-intensive institution offering a wide range of highly regarded bachelor, master...
Why study at University of Groningen
We're a Top 100 University
Study at one of the world’s leading universities. Learn from the best and take advantage of exciting research opportunities. Live in a vibrant city where over a quarter of the population are students. Whatever you’re seeking from your university experience, you’ll find it in Groningen. With over 45 world-class Bachelor’s programmes and 160 highly-ranked Master’s programmes, we have a field of study for you.
Our groundbreaking research
As a student, you will be actively involved in research at one of Europe’s top research institutions from the get-go. The University of Groningen carries out ground-breaking and socially-relevant research that builds bridges between disciplines and closes the gap between science and society.
400 years of reputation
The University of Groningen is the second oldest university in the Netherlands and has built a reputation for excellence. Many talented people have passed through the university during its rich 400-year history, including Nobel Prize winners like Ben Feringa (Chemistry, 2016) and Frits Zernike (Physics, 1953). Some have been pioneers in their respective fields, such as the first female University student and the first female lecturer in the Netherlands, the first Dutch astronaut and the first president of the European Bank.
Vibrant Student Life
While its history can be traced back to 300 BC, today Groningen is a vibrant student city with the youngest population in the Netherlands – one in four people here is a student! That means there’s always something to do, with various art and music festivals, theatres, cinemas and performance venues catering to all tastes, whether you prefer to watch or want to join in. In Groningen, you’ll see students everywhere: studying in the pretty Noorderplantsoen park, working various part-time jobs and partying the night away.
The University of Groningen attracts a large international community! Our Erasmus Student Network (ESN) conveniently facilitates all international students in Groningen and organizes over 150 activities a year. The University of Groningen has strong international connections which means that you can easily spend part of your degree studying abroad. The University also offers several unique international Master’s degree programmes in cooperation with other large European universities.
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