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Chemistry

Chemistry is all about experimenting, researching and analysing. You are going to ensure diseases are no longer life-threatening, or you’ll be solving murder cases based on DNA analyses. Are you ready to help drive the world forward? Then opt for a Chemistry course at the HZ.

You will be researching the composition of substances and products and will be able to analyse these down to the very last molecule. From waste water to medicine to plastics. Suppose there is a suspicion the groundwater is contaminated, then you will be able to ascertain whether this is actually the case.

In addition to a researching attitude, you will be eager to learn and enjoy inventing or creating new things. Would you like to be employed as a chemical engineer in the business community, or for a non-profit organisation?  The Chemistry course at the HZ will train you to become an analytical and accurate researcher.

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Programme

In the first two years, you acquire a broad general knowledge of Chemistry and Biochemistry. You learn about the different aspects of the profession of a researcher in a laboratory. You learn to do laboratory experiments, to interpret the outcome, to plan further experiments to achieve the goal in mind and, finally, to communicate your results.

In the third and fourth year, you specialise in either Applied Chemistry or Life Sciences. You choose a minor. This can be a research minor at HZ, a research project at, for example, our Centre of Expertise Biobased Economy, a project for a company or a semester studying at one of our partner universities in the Netherlands or abroad. You spend your last study year working on different research projects at one or two companies.

Applied Chemistry
In Applied Chemistry you learn the chemical principles, processes and techniques that you can then apply in research, common instrumental separation and analysis. Applied Chemistry deals with the composition and quality of raw materials and products such as drinks, shampoo, medicine and food. You analyse organic materials and study environmental problems and may also conduct research into how to improve products.

Life Sciences
In Life Sciences you study subjects such as bacteriology, virology, epidemiology and immunobiology, the development of modern vaccines and the application of DNA techniques to identify micro-organisms. You also learn how to use fluorescent imaging techniques.

In your third year you choose a minor. With a minor you can deepen or broaden your knowledge and skills. You can follow a minor at the HZ or at another university in the Netherlands or abroad.

Your first internship is in your fourth year. You choose an internship that matches the specialization you have chosen. You can do your internship at laboratories,  chemical companies, an university or a research institute in the Netherlands of abroad.

In the fourth year, you carry out a graduation project at a leading chemistry company. You will do experiments and process the results into a thesis.

First-year Chemistry students who want to gain more knowledge on Analytical Chemistry and get to know the most prestigious companies can join the Analytical Sciences Talent Programme. When you have been accepted to ASTP you will follow a three-year programme alongside your normal studies at HZ University of Applied Sciences. During each of the three years you will interact intensively with the leading companies and research institutes that form COAST (Centre of Expertise Analytical Sciences). You will have the opportunity to work in the most advanced laboratories and to participate in innovative research. You will also attend lectures presented by leading experts from academia and industry from all over the Netherlands. In addition to the extra education, the ASTP student will obtain a COAST grant (approx. 3000€/yr).

Read more information on our leaflet.

Three-year track

This study programme offers a three-year track for excellent students. After completion of the study programme, you hold a Bachelor of Science of 180 ECTs. Admission to this programme depends on your preliminary education. to be eligible, you would need a secondary education diploma that is equivalent to the Dutch VWO diploma, an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma or Abitur, 3 A-levels. The study coordinator will decide on your admission in this 3-year track after having reviewing your records.

Course description

Read more detailed course information in the Academic and Examination Regulation.

Requirements

Before you apply to the Chemistry programme, you have to meet a few admission requirements. 

Admission requirements

To be admitted to the Chemistry programme, you need:

  •  A qualification equivalent to a Dutch secondary education diploma, which gives you access to higher education.
  •  A good knowledge of chemistry and/or biology
  • A good command of written and spoken English. Your level of English should be equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.0

Read more about the admission requirements

Alternative entrance exam

If you don’t have the appropriate secondary school diploma, and if you are at least 21 years old, you may be exempted from this requirement. The HZ provides the possibility of taking an alternative entrance exam

Language requirements

Read all about the language requirements here

Practical information

Read everything about the fees and finances, what it's like to study in the Netherlands, what you need to arrange when studying abroad and how to apply for a study programme. 

Fees and finances

Next to  the tuition fees and cost of living there are extra costs for your study programme (studie materials and books). In the first year these costs are approximately €350,- in year two, three and four the costs are €90,- per year.  Also you will regularly have an activity or excursion. These costs are about €85,-.

Read more about the fees and finances here.  

Applying

Have you made your choice? Read all about our application procedure and apply

Pre-arrival information

A visa, health insurance, accomodation and a Dutch bank account..You need to arrange quite some things when you decide to study abroad. Read all about it here

Studying in the Netherlands

What it's like to study in the Netherlands? And what is Vlissingen like? Read all about Zeeland, the Netherlands and HZ.

Contact

Do you have any questions or do you need more information about the study programme? Please contact our admission office: study@hz.nl.

After graduation

Congratulations, you're now graduated! From now on you may use the title ‘Bachelor of Science’. 

Did you participate in the Honours Programme? You will get an extra certificate with your diploma.

Get a copy of your diploma here.

As a chemical Engineer employers will be lining up to recruit you, and your starting salary will be well above average. You can work as a researcher, product development analyst, commercial assistant or quality controller in national and multinational companies, medical or biomedical laboratory, food inspection departments, government institutes, research institutes or universities.

With a HZ diploma, you can continue doing a Master’s programme. If you want to do this abroad, you can usually start straightaway. If you have done your minor at a research university in the Netherlands during your third year, you can get direct access to a Master’s programme at a research university in the Netherlands as well.

Students' experiences

Mariyana studies Chemistry. She shares her experiences with HZ in this video.
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