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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.

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.

VWO diploma

A Dutch VWO diploma entitles you to enroll 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 admissions website.

HBO Propedeuse

If you have a Dutch HBO propedeuse in a related field of study (for example HLO) after Dutch HAVO, you are not directly admissable to the programme.
You will first have to present the Examination Board with VWO-level certificates of the subjects 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 an 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.

Colloquium doctum

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, and English.
For more information (in Dutch) see: Colloquium Doctum Radboud University. Or 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.