The MSc specialisation Chemistry and Education prepares students for a career in teaching Chemistry.
This programme is adequate to obtain a teaching qualification needed for teaching at all levels in Dutch high schools (the so-called eerstegraads lesbevoegdheid).
The Master’s specialisation in Chemistry and Education comprises a one-year chemistry research component (in English) and a one-year education component (in Dutch). In the chemistry research component students have the choice of two major research areas:
“An organic chemist can make a con-tribution to the development of new medicines.”
“My specialisation is organic chemistry, a very research-intensive science that couples a healthy dose of knowledge and a strong feeling for the subject with a highly developed capacity for imagination and
intuition. What makes one molecule react with another? How can I predict and control this reaction, and then apply the knowledge gained to develop new molecules with new characteristics?
Organic chemistry fulfils an important bridging function between physics on the one hand and biology on the other. This means an organic chemist can make a contribution to the development of new medicines. My inspiration comes primarily from nature. In the laboratory environment I try to prepare and imitate molecules which occur readily in nature, which are often very complex. I then use these molecules to influence biological processes, in order to gain more insight into the underlying biological processes. Certainly now that the human genome and that of other organisms has been identified, more emphasis will be placed on gaining insight into biological processes at molecular level. The combination of organic chemistry and biology has in this light a great future.”