Research in Chemistry

The research specialisation offers the student the opportunity to spend two full years on training and specialisation to become an independent and creative scientist.

The MSc students will become a member and colleague in one of the research groups in the LIC. The student will develop her/his individual MSc programme together with the mentor. The majority of the students with an MSc in Chemistry research will continue their career in a PhD position.

The Research in Chemistry programme (CHEM) consists of three parts:

  1. The research internship
  2. The compulsory courses
  3. The elective courses

The research internship may be split into two internships: one major and one minor. The internship includes a presentation and a written report (the master’s thesis) and is carried out in an LIC research group in one of these two major research areas:

  • Chemical Biology
  • Energy & Sustainability

Reasons to Choose Chemistry in Leiden

  1. The Leiden Institute of Chemistry (LIC) is highly acclaimed for the international character of its education with a young and enthusiastic research staff.
  2. The LIC offers tailor-made individual study programmes.
  3. Students become true members of internationally renowned multidisciplinary research teams.
  4. The Chemistry MSc programme offers ample opportunities for research projects in distinguished groups worldwide or in an industrial environment.
  5. The high standard of education ensures excellent job prospects in research or industry.

Master details

  • This is a specialisation of: Chemistry
  • Degree Master of Science in Chemistry
  • Mode of study Full-time
  • Duration 2 years
  • Start date September, February
  • Language of instruction English
  • Location Leiden
  • Croho/isat code 66857

Prof. Overkleeft

“An organic chemist can make a con-tribution to the development of new medicines.”

“My specialisation is organic chemistry, a very research-intensive science that couples a healthy dose of knowledge and a strong feeling for the subject with a highly developed capacity for imagination and
intuition. What makes one molecule react with another? How can I predict and control this reaction, and then apply the knowledge gained to develop new molecules with new characteristics?

Organic chemistry fulfils an important bridging function between physics on the one hand and biology on the other. This means an organic chemist can make a contribution to the development of new medicines. My inspiration comes primarily from nature. In the laboratory environment I try to prepare and imitate molecules which occur readily in nature, which are often very complex. I then use these molecules to influence biological processes, in order to gain more insight into the underlying biological processes. Certainly now that the human genome and that of other organisms has been identified, more emphasis will be placed on gaining insight into biological processes at molecular level. The combination of organic chemistry and biology has in this light a great future.”

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