One central theme of this Chemistry - Theoretical Chemistry programme at Uppsala University is to provide foundations that will allow you to embark on advanced studies in a range of modern research fields in academia or in industry. Some important examples of such areas are sustainable energy and fuel solutions, heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis and photocatalysis, new materials and their properties, and molecular spectroscopies of various flavours.
Thus in your degree work in theoretical chemistry you will have access to a range of chemistry areas to specialize in, and you will be well-equipped for a further career in academia or industry.
As the study plan shows, during the first semester you take courses which will give you the basis for the more specialised courses during the following two semesters. During the second semester, you will learn about energy related materials and catalysis together with students taking the specialisation of Chemistry for Renewable Energy and Physical Chemistry, as well as advanced methods in computational chemistry of molecules and solids.
Here, courses on electronic structure theory and photochemistry will provide you with a thorough understanding of energy relevant applications, e.g., solar cells and various forms of chemical conversion through catalytic processes (homogeneous and heterogeneous). The lecturers are all active researchers, which means that you will be able to discuss current research trends with leading experts.
Possible career paths can vary. You may work with research and development, production processes, analysis of materials, management of safety and legal issues, patenting of inventions, marketing and sales, or environmental and sustainability issues.
You will study chemistry courses which provide you with the theoretical and experimental skills needed for the subsequent semesters.
Second, third and fourth semester
During the second semester, you will take courses in different areas of theoretical and computational chemistry, including courses on photochemistry and catalysis, which are related to the research in theoretical and computational chemistry, and a specialised course in quantum chemical methods for both molecules and solid state materials.
During the third semester there will be further advanced courses, including topics such as femtosecond laser spectroscopy, reaction dynamics, statistical thermodynamics, and computer simulation methods. The programme ends with a degree project.
For more information, please visit the programme website.
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A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. Also required is 90 credits in chemistry and physics, of which at least 60 credits must be in chemistry.
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