Chemistry is experimenting, researching and analyzing. Do you want to make sure diseases are no longer life-threatening or you solve murder cases based on DNA analysis? Do you want to create a better world? Then choose for the Chemistry degree programme.

From wastewater to medicines and plastics
You research the composition of substances and products and can analyze them down to the last molecule. From wastewater to medicines and plastics. For example, when suspicion arises that the groundwater has been contaminated, you can investigate whether this is actually the case.

Contributing to a better world
In addition to your investigative attitude, you are curious and like to come up with new plans. Would you like to work as a chemical researcher in industry, education or a research institute? The HZ Chemistry study programme will train you to become an analytical and accurate researcher who is able to contribute to a better world.

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Study tracks

This programme offers two different study tracks:


  • Bachelor
  • Full time
  • 3 or 4-year track
  • English
  • Middelburg
  • September

This is Chemistry

The curriculum has a thematic design, in which research and experiments are central. In the first two years you follow a basic programme in which both the chemical and biological aspects are covered within each theme. In year three, you choose for either the Applied Chemistry study track or the Life Sciences study track.

Year 1

In the first year you learn to carry out experiments in the laboratory, interpret the results, plan follow-up research and communicate your results. This year the focus is on themes such as: Food & Chemistry, Biobased products & Technology and Health.

Year 2

In the second study year, you work on topics such as: Forensic Science, Environmental Chemistry & Toxicology and Research & Sustainability. You lay a sound foundation to become a professional expert.

Jaar 3

This year is all about your study track: Applied Chemistry or Life Sciences. You embark on the chosen specialization and choose a minor or internship. For example, you can do an international internship, take courses at another university (pre-master) or conduct your own research or project in one of our research groups.

Year 4

In the fourth study year, you work on various research projects at one or two companies in the Netherlands or abroad. In your graduation research you must prove you have reached the Bachelor of Science level.

Study tracks

Study tracks

In the Chemistry programme you have plenty of room to choose a study route that suits you. We offer two different study routes:

Do you want to create a better world?

Do you want to create a better world? Then choose for the Chemistry degree programme.

Vlissingen (from 2022 in Middelburg)

Student stories

What our students say

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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.
  • Chemistry and mathematics. Biology would be an advantage.
  • A good command of written and spoken English. Your level of English should be equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.0. Read all about the language requirements here.

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Classes are held at Edisonweg 4, Vlissingen. In September 2022, the programme will move to the HZ location in Middelburg. Lessons will then be given at Het Groene Woud in Middelburg.

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.

Fees and finances

Next to the tuition fees and cost of living there are extra costs for your study programme (studie material 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,- per year.

Read more about the fees and finances here.

Pre-arrival information and studying in The Netherlands

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

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 reviewed your records.


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

Your future

After graduation

Bachelor's degree

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

Career prospects

Job prospects are excellent: the chemical sector desperately needs for well-trained men and women. You can work in many professions, such as:

  • Chemical-physical analyst
  • Research analyst
  • Researcher (R&D)
  • Environmental consultant
  • Laboratory manager
  • Technical education assistant
  • Lecturer in Biology or Chemistry
  • Sales representative for chemical equipment

Further studies

Do you want to continue studying after the Chemistry bachelor degree? Then there are several options. For example, you can start a master’s track at various universities through a bridging programme, such as:

  • Master Analytical Sciences
  • Master of Science in Chemistry
  • Master Molecular Sciences
  • Master in molecular life sciences
  • Master of medical biology

Study in The Netherlands

Are you thinking of studying in Holland? An excellent choice! We tell you why in our brochure.


Projects during the programme

During projects and assignments you often work for real clients. In this way, your study programme fits in well with your future work. Curious about what kind of projects you will be doing? Check it out below!

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