Degree programme

Molecular Science & Technology (MST) is a wide-ranging degree programme that can take you in various directions. You chart your own path by choosing your major and graduation research. Thanks to the collaboration between Leiden and Delft, you can select from a broad curriculum and various facilities. For example, you can conduct research into reactions on the surface of materials, search for efficient routes for making catalysts and medicines and contribute to the development of new applications in medicine and technology.


The Bachelor's degree programme in Molecular Science & Technology (MST) takes three years, after which you will be awarded a degree certificate and may use the title Bachelor of Science (BSc). The Bachelor's programme is a multifaceted, multidisciplinary programme.

In addition to theoretical knowledge, you will also gain practical experience in the laboratory under the supervision of a PhD student or research assistant. Both Leiden and Delft are home to internationally-renowned researchers and lecturers. They each have their own expertise, identity and culture, and together they provide your curriculum. In short, you get the best of both worlds.

Intensive programme
You should be aware that MST students spend around 40 hours per week on the programme, the equivalent of a full working week. These 40 hours include lectures, laboratory courses, projects and self-study. The programme is taught in Dutch, but the textbooks are in English. You will frequently encounter English-speaking lab assistants during the laboratory courses, and be expected to write some of your reports in English too.  

Delft and Leiden
The Bachelor's programme in MST is taught at two universities: TU Delft and Leiden University. In Leiden, you are taught the more fundamental subjects, while the technological subjects are taught in Delft. The first one and a half years of the study programme are the same for everyone. After that you can choose a major in materials, synthesis or technology.

Internship & study abroad

In the first semester of the third year you can choose a minor programme. One of the options is to spend half a year on studying at a university abroad. To be eligible, you have to study within the official time period with no delays. Please note that it is not possible to fulfil your minor programme with an internship.

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Additional challenge

Honours Programme
The Honours Programme is for ambitious students who are looking for a challenge over and above what their curriculum offers. This is in addition to your regular study programme. It gives you the opportunity to acquire additional knowledge in or outside your field of specialisation, to work on your personal development and to collaborate with students on other programmes. MST students begin their Honours programme in Leiden in the first year.
More information about the Honours Programme in Leiden

Would you like to be responsible for a world first? At TU Delft you have the opportunity to be involved in unique student projects in which students from many disciplines work together. Projects worked on by these Dreamteams include the world’s fastest bicycle, the fastest solar-powered car and the altitude record for amateur-built rockets. Dreamteams compete in worldwide competitions and achieve fantastic results that put TU Delft on the map.
More information about Dreamteams

Top sporting talent
Do you want to become a top-level athlete while studying for your degree? TU Delft supports students who combine their studies with top-level sporting activities and invests in the development of talent in and outside the lecture halls. Because it is often difficult to combine a regular programme of study with a top-level sports training programme, we offer special facilities and provisions for recognised top-level athletes. This includes coaching by academic counsellors and top-level sports coordinators, financial support in the form of the Graduation Support Scheme, sponsorship, and access to the sports facilities at X.
More information about top-level sport

Student support and guidance

During your studies, you are not on your own. In your first year of study you will be assigned a mentor who will help you to familiarise yourself with the campus and your study programme. Your mentor is there to answer questions you have during your new life as a student. In addition, every degree programme has academic counsellors to help you with questions about your degree programme and everything related to it. If you have questions about matters such as study planning, study delay and studying with a disability, we have a group of student counsellors, psychologists and study and careers advisers who are ready to help. Together they form the Student & Career Support team.

Study associations

The Molecular Science & Technology programme has two study associations, namely the ‘Technologisch Gezelschap (TG)‘ in Delft and the ‘Chemisch Dispuut Leiden (CDL)‘. Both associations work closely together and organise many activities every year, ranging from excursions, lectures and symposia, to trips abroad. The study associations also have another important role; they evaluate the curriculum and contribute ideas towards how the programme and teaching can be updated and improved.

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Study load per week

30 hours

10 hours

Binding recommendation

TU Delft employs the BSA system: the binding recommendation on the continuation of studies. This means that you must obtain at least 75 per cent of your credits (i.e. 45 of the 60 ECTS) in your first year in order to continue your programme. If you receive a negative binding recommendation on the continuation of studies, you will not be permitted to enroll in this programme again in the next 4 years.


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