Admission requirements, goals and competences
Admission requirements for the Bachelor’s degree programmes in Chemistry and Molecular Life Sciences is briefly described below. For detailed information about registration and admission, please visit the Radboud University admission website.
Proficiency in English
The Chemistry programme and the Molecular Life Sciences programme are open to international students and will be taught entirely in English. Proficiency in English is part of the admission requirements. Students with a Dutch VWO diploma are considered to be proficient. Details for other countries can be found on the admission website.
A Dutch VWO diploma entitles you to enrol at a university. With the “Nature and Technology” profile or the “Nature and Health" + Mathematics B + Physics you will have access to the Bachelor’s programmes in Chemistry and Molecular Life Sciences. An old style VWO diploma must contain the subjects Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology.
Foreign diplomas (including German Abitur)
Diplomas obtained in a different country from the Netherlands or the Netherlands Antilles, as well as a European or International baccalaureate will be checked by the Examination Board for equivalence with a Dutch secondary school diploma in the topics of Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry.
Detailed information for a number of other countries can be found on the Radboud University admission website.
If you have a Dutch HBO propedeuse in a related field of study (for example HLO) after Dutch HAVO, access to the programme is not automatic.
You will first have to present the Examination Board with VWO-level certificates of the subjects Biology, Mathematics B, Physics, Chemistry and English.
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 a admission via a pre-Master's programme to Molecular Life Sciences please contact the student advisor.
For admission with a diploma other than a VWO diploma, always contact the student advisor.
If you have not completed the required prior education you cannot be enrolled in an academic study programme.
If you are at least 21 years of age, you may obtain the right to enrolment via a colloquium doctum.
In general the colloquium doctum consists of presenting the Examination Board with certificates for each VWO subject Mathematics B, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English.
For more information (in Dutch) see: Colloquium Doctum Radboud University. Or contact the student advisor.
Goals and Competences
Course related competences:
The 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 theoretical and practical foundational knowledge of chemistry and the auxiliary subjects physics, mathematics, computing science and biology that is sufficient 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 in 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 work 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 the chosen specialisation; is experienced with project‐based work.
General academic competences:
The 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 professional literature in both Dutch and English. They are capable of separating major and minor issues and integrating this new knowledge into their existing knowledge.
3. Can give a clear oral presentation about academic assignments and research conducted for a general expert audience.
4. Is able to work on 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 their 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.