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Programme of B2

The second year is largely fixed, with some electives in the 4th period. Knowledge of all fields of chemistry is extended and the relevant physical and mathematical background is deepened.

Please note: we have made changes in the scheduling of quarters 3 and 4:
Organic Chemistry Lab is now in Q3,
Microscopic Techniques  is now in Q4

Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry will be given in sept 2020 (students who need a resit of this course in 2019-2020 please contact dr. van Eck)


You should take one of two lab courses: MOL048A Organic Chemistry Lab or MOL034 Condensed Matter Lab. This latter course has limited space and priority will be given to students who did not take a lab course yet.

As an alternative to MOL048A Organic Chemistry Lab in Q3, the similar MLS lab course MOL049A Chemical Biology Project in Q4 is also allowed.

In the fourth period (Q4) you can choose between physical chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry.

Q3 and Q4 also offer some elective space. You can use this for instance to take the compulsory courses in Philosophy or in Writing Skills, but you can also use it for any other course you think fits your interests.

In choosing electives you need to take into account that half of the elective space in your programme must be used for priority elective. You can find the list of priority electives here.

Some of the non-chemistry electives may be taught in Dutch. Check the course descriptions for the language of instruction. You can ask the lecturer if he is willing to use English.

Priority electives in the 3rd Quarter:

Writing skills and Philosophy

  • NWI-FCEM02B Writing about Science can be taken in any quarter but the second.
  • NWI-FFIL101 Philosophy is scheduled in the first (Q1) and second (Q2) quarter
    Q1: aimed at physics topics, in Dutch
    Q2: aimed at molecular topics, in English
  • NWI-FFIL100 Philosophy is scheduled in the fourth period (Q4) and treats topics from biology.