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Admission requirements, goals and competences

Admission requirements

Admission requirements for the Bachelor’s degree programmes in Chemistry and Molecular Life Sciences are briefly described below. For detailed information about registration and admission, please visit the Radboud University admission website. If after this you have any questions, please contact the student advisor.

Proficiency in English

The Chemistry programme and the Molecular Life Sciences programme are open to international students and will be taught entirely in English. Sufficient proficiency in English is part of the admission requirements. Students with a Dutch VWO diploma are considered to be sufficiently proficient. Details for other countries can be found on the admission website.

HBO Bachelor’s diploma

HBO students who have an HBO Bachelor’s in Chemistry (HLO) or HTS Chemistry or Chemical Technology are automatically admissible to the Bachelor’s programmes in Chemistry, Molecular Life Sciences and Science.
Via a pre-Master’s programme (30-45 EC), an HBO Bachelor can be admitted to the Master’s degree programmes in Chemistry.
For an admission via a pre-Master's programme to Molecular Life Sciences please contact the student advisor.

Goals and Competences

Course related competences:

A Bachelor’s graduate:

1. has sufficient insight into the various chemistry specialisations that build on the Bachelor’s phase to make a responsible choice of further education;

2. has a thorough knowledge of theoretical and practical foundations of chemistry and the auxiliary subjects physics, mathematics, computing science and biology, which allows them to successfully follow a Master’s degree programme in the field of chemistry;

3. is familiar with scientific research skills and design methods in the area of chemistry and has passed an aptitude test in this field;

4. is aware of the possibilities of the labour market in the event of concluding their studies with a Bachelor’s diploma;

5. is familiar with the safety, environmental, and sustainability aspects of chemistry;

6. is aware of the role of chemistry in society and of the international nature of chemistry;

7. has acquired an independent, scientific and critical working method and attitude; is able to report orally and in writing on related scientific results and applications; can work in a team; can search for and process information; has mastered ICT skills that reflect their specialisation;  has experience with project‐based work.

General academic competences:

A Bachelor’s graduate:

1. is able to, especially for the relevant sub‐domains within Chemistry, indicate how current theories have come about, how these theories can be tested through experiments and how acquired knowledge can lead to theory formation.

2. is able to acquire new knowledge, particularly in the area of Chemistry. This includes knowledge obtained through the independent understanding and critical reading of course material and self‐acquired academic literature in both Dutch and English. They are capable of distinguishing major from minor issues and integrating new knowledge into their existing knowledge.

3. can give a clear presentation about academic assignments and research conducted for a general expert audience.

4. is able to work in a scientific team, in which they are able to analyse their portion of the collective task, knows how to communicate the results internally, and can indicate how the results will contribute to the team’s task.

5. is able to, based on a capacity to create good written and oral reports, communicate with peers in the same discipline about their scientific knowledge.

6. is able to, through knowledge and reflection, form an opinion on the social consequences of research in Chemistry, and, as a responsible professional, is able to substantiate their opinion in discussions with peers and non‐peers.