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Learning how to make discoveries that will contribute to a better understanding of the fundamental behaviour of molecules and materials.
Most chemical research involves synthesising and characterising new molecules. So basically, a trial and error system. This specialisation goes one step further: it aims at fundamentally unravelling the properties of molecules and materials. How do pharmaceutical molecules arrange in different forms and how does this affect their efficiency as a drug? And in what way does the molecular structure of a polymer influence the mechanical strength of plastics? We try to find the answers by developing theory and applying physical set-ups for advanced spectroscopic experiments, such as high magnetic fields,
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1.A completed Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Molecular Science, Physics or equivalent
2.A proficiency in English (Non-native speakers of English* without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following):
a.A TOEFL score of ≥575 (paper based) or ≥90 (internet based)
b.An IELTS score of ≥6.5
c.Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher
€2,143 (from EEA countries); €12,645 (from non-EEA countries)
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The Master's specialisation Physical Chemistry allows you to dive into both physical and analytical aspects of Chemistry. I mainly like that you can really experience performing research during this master via the focus on internships. My research internship has challenged me to become a researcher. Being part of a research team has brought me more than I could have imagined before I started this master program.
I really like the atmosphere in class. The class size is relatively small and, therefore, allows an easy access to the teachers. This stimulates a good learning environment.
The most challenging part of the Master's specialisation for me was also one of the nice components of this programme: the freedom to choose a minor programme that suits your wishes. At first, it was hard to identify the research field on which I would like to perform my minor internship, but the courses are a nice way to identify possible research fields.
I am performing my Master's internship at the Magnetic Resonance Research Center. I am involved in a project to further develop an NMR technique ideally suited to analyze complex mixtures, such as biofluids. This research internship has allowed me to experience all facets of research from setting up experiments to publishing an article.
This Master's specialisation teaches to do research on the edge between Physics and Chemistry, an interdisciplinary field which can stimulate many research advances in the future. Personally, I would like to perform a PhD after obtaining my Master's degree to continue doing what I like the most: research.
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