StudyQA — Bachelor: Chemical Engineering — University of Groningen

Chemical Engineering

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 1.95 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 10.4 k / Year(s)  
80 place StudyQA ranking:1845 Duration:36 months

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As a chemical engineer you deal with chemical processes on a major scale. Rather than studying reactions in a lab, you will be involved in chemical processes in factories or optimizing existing production processes.

The fascinating thing about chemical engineering is that you're involved in developing new products but you're also thinking about the production process. A Chemical engineer is concerned with the entire development of a new product or processes, from A to Z. This means you will learn much more than just the how and why of chemical reactions. Chemical engineers at the University of Groningen, for example, have developed a highly efficient plastic solar cell and are now getting it ready for large-scale production. They are also working on the efficient extraction of biodiesel from the Indonesian jatropha plant and special rubbers for high-tech applications in clothing and footwear.

Choose Groningen and you can't go wrong!

The Dutch Guide to Colleges 2013 has rated Chemical Engineering in Groningen number 1 of all similar programs in the Netherlands. Groningen is the only University where you can study both Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. If you find it hard to choose between a Bachelor's degree programme in chemistry or in chemical engineering, Groningen is the place to be. The first year of both programmes is identical so you don't have to make a definite choice until your second year. It's very likely that you don't yet know which specialisation to choose, so you won't have to decide until the second year.

Job perspectives

After the three-year Bachelor's programme, the Master's degree programme is the next logical step. As a graduate chemical engineer (often called a process engineer), you are qualified for a range of attractive positions.

After the three-year Bachelor's programme, the Master's degree programme is the next logical step. As a graduate chemical engineer (often called a process engineer), you are qualified for a range of attractive positions.

Prospects mainly in the business sector

Chemical engineers usually find employment in advisory, control and management positions. You may be involved in setting up a new factory, optimizing existing processes or developing new products and materials. You could also find work as a researcher or inspector.

Job examples

  • Researcher - industrial or academic
  • Commercial functions
  • Management functions

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Dutch students - May 01, 2015; EU/EEA students - June 01, 2015; non-EU/EEA students - April 01, 2015 Tuition fee
  • EUR 1951 Year (EEA)
  • EUR 10400 Year (Non-EEA)
Start date September 2015 Credits (ECTS) 180 ECTS
Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time Intensity Flexible More information Go To The Course Website

Course Content

Programme schedule

Courses year 1

  • And more course units, up to 60 ECTS each year
  • Biochemistry
  • Calculus, practicals
  • Electives (20 ECTS)
  • Organic chemistry
  • Orientation on Chemistry tracks or the Chemical Engineering programme
  • Physical chemistry
  • Process and product technology

Courses year 2

  • Course units of 60 ECTS each year
  • Linear algebra
  • Macro-molecular chemistry
  • Practicals
  • Single-Phase Reactors
  • Transport phenomena 1

Courses year 3

  • Bachelor's Research Project
  • Control engineering
  • Course units of 60 ECTS each year
  • Multi-phase reactors
  • Practicals
  • Product technology
  • Transport phenomena 2

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional
  • Maximum of 30 EC

(Binding) study advice

  • A minimum of 45 EC in the first 12 months ( binding )
  • Get your propedeutic diploma in the first 24 months ( binding )

You will be offered study advice after first and second years of study. You can expect a positive result if you have earned more than 45 ECTS credit points (out of a total of 60 ECTS). If you have earned fewer than 45 ECTS and are issued a negative result, you will not be allowed to continue with your degree programme.

In addition, you are also expected to pass all your first-year exams by the end of your second year of study. If you don't, you will be issued a negative result and will have to leave the degree programme.You will receive preliminary study advice in December to make sure that you know where you stand.

Please contact your study advisor as soon as possible if you have any questions about the BSA system.

N.B. Some degree programmes use a tutoring system; please check with your study advisor.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band : 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 580 TOEFL iBT® test : 92

To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

take an IELTS test.


Dutch students

language test

Een voldoende op je eindexamen Engels is aan te bevelen omdat de opleiding Engelstalig is.

International students

additional subject

Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry.

This is merely an indication of required background knowledge. The admissions board determines whether the specific contents of this/these course(s) meet the admission requirements of the bachelor programme for which you applied.

knowledge minimum

What if you do not meet the admissions requirements?

We offer a foundation year for students who do not meet the admissions requirements, in association with the Holland International Study Centre. The Foundation year will help you develop your academic skills and English language to the required standard, after which you can progress to the first year of your Bachelor's programme.

More information can be found at:

language test

Proof of English proficiency is required: TOEFL IBT score of 92, a TOEFL CBT score of 237, a TOEFL PBT score of 580, an IELTS score of 6.5, a CAE or CPE certificate.

MAKE SURE TO VISIT for all the necessary information about required language tests.

previous education

Secondary education equivalent to Dutch pre-university education is required.

This is merely an indication of the required general level of applicants' previous education.

FOR MORE INFORMATION please visit the 'BSc Application Procedure' pages at:

other admission requirements


Make sure to visit 'BSc Application Procedure' at: all the necessary information about the procedure and admission requirements.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

Related Scholarships*

  • Academic Excellence Scholarship

    "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

  • Alumni Study Travel Fund

    Scholarships for students who are already attending the University of Reading.

  • Amsterdam Merit Scholarships

    The University of Amsterdam aims to attract the world’s brightest students to its international classrooms. Outstanding students from outside the European Economic Area can apply for an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship.

* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Groningen.


The university is committed to recognizing excellence in academic achievement through offering a number of scholarships for international students and researchers. Several scholarships are available for international students who are motivated to study Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD programmes, as well as for exchanges, short courses and research stays at our university.

Besides scholarships awarded by the University of Groningen, a number of grants awarded by the Dutch government, the EU and (inter)national organizations, such as World Bank or the Ford Foundation, can be used for study or research at the University of Groningen as well.

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