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Course Description

Are you looking for a career as an academic or industrial chemist? If so, your search stops here. Aiming to train the next generation of researchers, KU Leuven's MSc in Chemistry puts the globally recognised expertise and authority of its twenty-nine
professors and their four research divisions at your disposal. Beyond course and lab work, your Master's thesis will develop your skills in formulating a research question, placing it in its correct chemical and social perspective, and answering it. Depending on your choice of academic or industrial career, KU Leuven will teach you to be productive through competition-driven valorisation or peer-driven specialisation.
Collaborating worldwide with other universities, research institutes and companies, the department provides an excellent platform for you to launch your own career.
Whatever you choose, be sure to join the ranks of our alumni and help them to define the academic and industrial worlds of chemistry.

This programme is research-oriented and does not provide preparation for a teaching career.

This is an initial Master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis.


The Master of Chemistry ...

Knowledge and understanding
- has extensive knowledge and understanding of a number of chemical fields of expertise and at least one advanced or specialized chemical topic;
- can acquire autonomously chemical insights and methods;
- has advanced theoretical and practical knowledge of methods of specialized chemical synthesis and characterization.

- knows to organize and carry out original chemical research;
- can delineate a research topic, postulate a research question and revise this question in the course of the research;
- can select and apply autonomously proper experimental and theoretical methods;
- can find, use and interpret with intent specialized literature.

Acquire, use and form an opinion about information:
- has insight in the strategies of acquiring and using knowledge that are central to the domain of the exact sciences;
- can acquire, adapt, interpret and evaluate quantitatively information and data;
- can adapt and interpret research results in a multidisciplinary context, position it in the international context and report about this;
- can apply his knowledge, understanding and problem solving capacities in a broader context;
- can critically evaluate complex problems in the field of chemistry and formulate scientifically sound solutions.

Communication and social skills:
- can express verbally and in written form the results of research for a group of people of experts and laymen;
- can take a scientific viewpoint and defend it for a public of fellow students, lecturers and specialist;
- can function in a heterogeneous environments and teams;
- has English communication skills;
- can be in the lead and run a team;
- can work autonomously.

Motivation and attitudes:
- is open to complementary input from other disciplines;
- can take responsibility for and give direction to his personal professional development;
- has professional behavior;
- can autonomously function and contribute to research.

- has competency that gives access to the PhD study and to employment in chemical and various other fields.

Career paths
Many career options are available to new graduates. More than half of our alumni work in industry, while others work in education, training, or government. Within industry, graduates can opt for a technical, 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 education (secondary school as well as at university), industry (chemistry, petrochemistry, medicine, pharmaceuticals, agrochemistry, food industry, etc.), government or public administration and research institutes.

Entry Requirements


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