Career opportunities

After the Bachelor’s degree, most MST students choose the Master’s degree programme in Chemistry in Leiden or the Master’s degree programme in Chemical Engineering in Delft. Approximately 15% choose another Master’s degree programme. Examples include: Science Education and Communication, Applied Earth Sciences, Sustainable Energy Technology, Management of Technology or Food Technology.

Completing a PhD

If you are more interested in research, you could consider the academic side of the field after your Master's degree and start your doctoral research (a 4-year research project). This project could be a continuation of your Master’s thesis project, but could also be something completely different.  The Chemical Engineering, Radiation Science & Technology and Biotechnology research departments at TU Delft offer courses which overlap nicely with MST subjects. At Leiden University, you carry out your doctoral research at the Leiden Institute for Chemistry (LIC). To be eligible for a PhD position you must submit an application for an open position, after which a selection process will follow.

Starting work

Our students go on to work in all areas of the chemical industry, at large multinationals in the Netherlands and abroad, at smaller companies, for the government and in education. Of course, you could always start your own business.

After completing their Master’s degree programme, most students go on to work in the commercial sector or for the government. Examples of problems include: R&D positions as a developer of solar panels or catalysts, Gas-to-Liquid terminal process engineer, manager at a food manufacturer, chemistry teacher, forensic investigator.

Salary indication

See here for up-to-date information on starting salaries.

Career Centre

The Career Centre can help by choosing a degree programme or switching to another programme.