Radboud University

Chemistry, B.Sc.

The English-taught Bachelor of Chemistry at Radboud University is a broad, multidisciplinary science programme involving lots of practicals. As a Chemistry student, you learn how to work with molecules to give them the right properties – whether for mobile phone displays, painkillers for headaches, or paint for decorating your room. Studying Chemistry in Nijmegen involves more than just theory. It’s a truly hands-on programme where you get to discover and make a wide range of applications.


If you are interested in the properties of molecules and how they react with one another, Chemistry is the programme for you. You will learn to understand or improve existing processes and to predict reactions. Armed with this knowledge, you can create new substances and materials, or come up with solutions to a wide range of problems.

Chemists routinely make significant contributions to a sustainable world, finding ways to generate energy from sunlight or movement, or developing new medicines. Chemistry is also very important in the cosmetics and food industries.

Why study Chemistry at Radboud University?
  • You will receive a solid, broad scientific grounding.
  • You do lots of practicals, where you can put the theory you have learned into practice and where you work closely with other students.
  • Excellent supervision: all first-year students have a tutor and a student advisor who you can go to with all your questions.
  • You will have personal contact with your lecturers, who are very approachable.
  • You will study alongside Molecular Life Sciences and Science students.
  • You will have access to unique research facilities: NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance), FEL (free-electron laser) and HFML (High Field Magnet Laboratory).
  • There is close cooperation with companies: this opens up a host of internship possibilities during your Master’s and gives you a taste of the job market.
  • The Radboud Chemistry programme was awarded the ‘Top programme’ designation in the 2016 Keuzegids guide to Dutch universities. Students gave the programme a rating of 8.2 (2016 Dutch National Student Survey).

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

The Bachelor’s programme takes three years and is taught entirely in English. In the first year of the Chemistry programme you will be given a broad base in everything to do with molecules. You will also take various mathematics and physics subjects to give you a better understanding of chemical properties. If you want to know more, read about the first year of the Bachelor of Chemistry. If you are curious about what to expect after the first year, read about the second and third years of the Chemistry programme.
Degree programme in Chemistry
The teaching is divided into four ten-week quarters. Each quarter is made up of eight weeks of classes, followed by two weeks of exams, which ensures that the study load is evenly distributed across the year. As a student of Chemistry you will experience different modes of instruction. In the first year you will spend on average about a third of your study week on practicals and projects with your fellow students. You will devote about the same amount of time to independent study. The rest is made up of lectures and working in small groups in seminars and computer practicals. Seminars involve about 20 students. Considerable time is spent on developing experimental skills and learning to carry out research, which means you will have plenty of contact with your fellow students.
Studying alongside Science and Molecular Life Sciences students
At Radboud University the Chemistry programme shares a common foundation with the Molecular Life Sciences and Science programmes. Students in all three programmes often receive the same teaching in the first three quarters of the Bachelor’s programme. From the fourth quarter onwards, they mainly have different subjects. As a result, it is possible to switch programmes during the first year without losing any time. In your first year you also encounter subjects across the entire discipline of Chemistry. You conclude the first year by sitting an exam (propedeuse).
Themes in the Bachelor of Chemistry
The following are recurrent themes in the Bachelor’s programme:
  • Structure and reactivity of molecules
  • Functionality of molecules and materials
  • Methods
You work with other first-year students on group assignments in projects and practicals. Oral and written communication skills also receive plenty of attention during the first year.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C): 180

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score: 575

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 90

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Admission requirements - International students

Requirements regarding the proficiency on English for prospective international students:

  • Students from Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Austria, Finland and Norway: English was taken as part of the final examinations, or else:
    IELTS 6.5 (no sub score requirements)
    TOEFL > 575 (paper based)
    TOEFL > 232 (computer based)
    TOEFL > 90 (internet based)
    Cambridge CAE or CPE: C or higher
  • Students from Germany: English has to be completed as "Grundkurs" or "Leisuntgskurs" with at least grade 8 (no final examination)
  • Students from other countries: IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge as described above.
  • Students whom obtained a European Baccalaureate diploma, in which the course English Language 2 or 1 has been taken.
  • Students with an International Baccalaureate: at least English B.
  • Some diplomas from other European countries are accepted as proof of proficiency in the English language, provided that you have taken the final examination.
Additional requirements:
  • Chemistry is required on advanced level, taken as part of the final examination.
  • At least two out of the following three subjects: Mathematics/Physics/Biology on advanced level, taken as part of the final examinations. All applications are to be approved by the Examination Board. In special circumstances, the Examination Board may deviate from the requirements as mentioned above.


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