HRSMC Excellence Programme

Your Choice, Your Research, Your Future

This special inter-university (UvA-VU and UL) and multidisciplinary Excellence programme 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.

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The HRSMC Excellence Programme educates students for a PhD position either at one of the founding universities or elsewhere. Moreover, the programme has an unique feature: you write your own research proposal.

The student follows this excellence programme within one of the UvA-VU or UL Chemistry tracks. Furthermore, students, who write a high-quality research proposal in the final stage of this master, will be supported by the HRSMC Board to obtain a PhD position from other funding sources, preferentially within the HRSMC but otherwise elsewhere. It is a unique, challenging  programme because of its interdisciplinary and interuniversity aspects. Current students confirm this:

“It is hard work but, apart from a potential PhD position, 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 of the HRSMC and the scientific director of the HRSMC.

In the Excellence Programme our students will acquire the knowledge and skills enabling them to

  • create molecules and further develop synthetic methods;
  • unravel mechanisms and understand molecular processes and properties;
  • categorize and apprehend experimental observations; and thus
  • create unifying concepts and models, offering predictive tools for a rational design of more sustainable processes.

All this materializes in a number of courses in synthesis, theory and spectroscopy combined with research experience in more than one research group. Multidisciplinarity is one of the key aspects.

Published by  Holland Research School of Molecular Chemistry

27 June 2019