Holland Research School of Molecular Chemistry

Outline of the Excellence Master Programme

Training in synthesis, spectroscopy and theory

The HRSMC Excellence Master Programme ‘Sustainability: the Molecular Approach’ is a two-year Honours Master's programme in all three areas of Sustainable Molecular Chemistry: synthesis, spectroscopy, and theory.

Scheme of the programme

During their first year, the students will follow some compulsory and elective courses. For these courses, the following needs to be taken into account: 

  • at least 6 EC within each university involved (within the UL Chemistry Master and within the UvA/VU joint Chemistry master); and
  • within each research area of the HRSMC (1. synthesis, 2. spectroscopy and 3. theory) at least one course needs to be followed.

During their first and second year, the graduate students will participate in at least 2 x 6 ECTS mini-research projects and one long graduation project of 42 ECTS. These are the minimum requirements, extension of projects is possible.

The projects will be performed in different HRSMC research groups. The students are free in their choice as long as 

  • the three internships involve at least one in Amsterdam (UvA or VU) and one at the UL; and
  • the three internships cover at least two of the three research areas of the HRSMC (synthesis, spectroscopy and theory).

In addition, all MSc students are expected to attend the annual HRSMC symposium. This is a unique and important activity for the HRSMC since it engages the entire scope of molecular chemistry. It provides also an opportunity for the students to network amongst HRSMC staff members, postdocs and PhD students. Students will also be invited for the staff dinner after the HRSMC symposium.

PhD proposal 

During the second year, typically during their graduation internship, the students will choose one or more staff members of the HRSMC for discussions and consultations regarding the research subject for their proposed PhD research project. Students have complete freedom in choosing a topic as long as it fits within the research programme of the HRSMC.

Students will be encouraged to involve more than one HRSMC research groups in their proposal, and they will write their proposal following a template that will be downloadable from the HRSMC Graduate School website. The student will defend his/her proposal for a panel of HRSMC staff members.




Compulsory Courses  (18 ECTS) and Electives (36 ECTS):

For a (full) list of Compulsary and Elective courses see below

Attendance of the HRSMC Symposium (mandatory)



Other courses, educational activities abroad, etc.

First Short Rotations (6 ECTS in second semester)


Second Short Rotation (6 ECTS)

Attendance of the HRSMC Symposium (mandatory)

Long Rotation (42 ECTS)

Literature Study and Research Proposal (12 ECTS)

Published by  Holland Research School of Molecular Chemistry

18 January 2018