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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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. You work on themes such as food chemistry, oil and biorefinery and health. In year two you focus on themes such as environmental chemistry, bio-organic foodbox, forensic science and marine biobased specialties.

In the third year you choose a specialisation: Applied Chemistry or Life Sciences. After you choose to do a research minor or project at HZ, a project for a Dutch or foreign company or studying at one of our partner universities. At year fourth you work on different research projects at one or two companies in The Netherlands or abroad.

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. You focus on the chemical principles, processes and techniques which you can apply in research.

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. Here you can find all minors that HZ has to offer.

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 or 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.

Student experiences

Do you want to know how students experience the Chemistry programme? Read it in their own story.

Rostislav Chemistry "I know there will be a great variety of places to work after graduation." Read his story

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.

Course description

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


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.
  • 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 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 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.


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.


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

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 chemist you will have excellent career prospects. There are vacancies in a variety of areas, such as business, health care, environmental inspection and education. Our graduates have secured positions as:

  • Junior researcher or research technician
  • Product development analyst
  • Quality controller

Many of HZ's Chemistry graduates undertake further study at Masters of PhD level to increase their knowledge of one of he branches studied during their degree, such as organic, inorganic, physical of analytical chemistry. Abroad you can continue doing a Master usually straight away. If you have done your minor at a research university in The Netherlands you can get direct access to a Master programme as well.

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