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The HRSMC Class of Excellence

Training in synthesis, spectroscopy and theory

This special inter-university (UvA-VU and UL) and multidisciplinary Class of Excellence has been developed for talented chemistry students. It guides them to become an expert in synthesis, spectroscopy and theory and helps them to build their network amongst staff members of three different Universities. Furthermore, students will write a research proposal in the final stage of their master thereby have a change to be supported by the HRSMC Board to obtain a PhD position from other funding sources, preferentially within the HRSMC but otherwise elsewhere.

What Students Say about the Class of Excellence:

It is a unique, challenging  programme because of its interdisciplinary and interuniversity aspects. Current students confirm this:

“It is hard work but you get a lot in return: more involvement in HRSMC courses and you get into much closer contact with research groups during your Master than normally would be the case. It is good for your personal development and networking.”

We aim for the top 10 percent of students - not only from participating universities but also from other institutions and abroad.

Admission is granted based on a strict selection procedure which comprises a written application and an interview with the Board and the scientific director of the HRSMC.