Chemistry, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English
The Master Programme in Chemistry at Uppsala University has strong links to world-leading research conducted at the university. As a student, you will have the opportunity for in-depth studies of the specific area of chemistry in which you are most interested. Some of the specialisations include the track in Bio- and Nanomaterials and Chemistry for Renewable Energy, which are unique specialisations for Uppsala University.
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  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


Uppsala University is a highly ranked university, and two of our eight Nobel laureates have been chemists. The Chemistry education at Uppsala University was also ranked excellent in the latest ranking by the Centre for Higher Education Development, and was ranked top 100 by the QS World University Rankings.

The programme offers a choice between nine study tracks, all of which are based on strong areas of research at Uppsala University, providing you with cutting-edge expertise through in-depth studies in the particular area of your choice. Also, you may choose within the framework of your degree, to combine chemistry studies with subjects such as entrepreneurship, languages or project management.

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Bio and Nano Materials
  • Chemical Biology
  • Chemistry for Renewable Energy
  • EACH - Excellence in Analytical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Theoretical Chemistry

A Master of Science in Chemistry from Uppsala University will provide you with many opportunities to build an exciting future career in industry, the public sector, entrepreneurship or in academia. Not only will you gain knowledge and the ability to perform special and advanced tasks in your field, you will also be qualified for positions in many other areas where problem-solving, abstract thinking and analytical ability are required.

Surveys have shown that the labour market for chemists with a degree from Uppsala University is excellent, with 97 per cent of those who obtained their degree during the last ten years being either employed or undertaking doctoral studies.

Chemical issues are found in most sectors. Chemists hold key positions in addressing future challenges such as sustainable energy systems, clean and efficient production of recyclable materials and non-hazardous products, as well as new pharmaceuticals and vaccines.

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.


The programme leads to a Master of Science (120 credits) with Chemistry as the main field of study.

Programme Structure

First semester
You will study chemistry courses that provide you with the theoretical and experimental skills needed for the subsequent semesters.
Second, third and fourth semester
You will take courses within your specialisation, or prepare your own combined study plan. The programme will end with a degree project of 30 or 45 credits. During your studies you will also come into contact with many cutting-edge research groups and gain insight into their research activities.


Analytical Chemistry
The focus is on the analyses of samples from industry, the environment and medicine. It includes courses in separation and detection (especially courses in advanced mass spectrometry), as well as courses where you work in larger projects using modern research instrumentation and multivariate data analysis.
Biochemistry is the chemistry of life. This track concentrates on cellular processes with focus on the chemical aspects of structure/function relationship in biomole­cules. The specialisation is linked to current research in enzymology, pharmaceutical development and protein design by directed ­evolution.
Bio- and Nanomaterials
This study track combines theoretical knowledge and practical skills in organic chemistry, chemical biology, as well as materials chemistry, and includes the chemical, biological, and mechanical properties of soft materials. This is a major growth area, and includes e.g. tissue engineering, soft functional nanomaterials, biosensors, and materials for drug transport and delivery.
Chemical Biology
Chemical Biology provides chemical understanding of biological phenomena with applications in pharmaceuticals, diagnostics and biotechnology. The courses partly overlap with the biochemistry track, but courses with a more organic chemistry focus are also included.
Chemistry for Renewable Energy
This study track focuses on the chemical principles, materials and methods relevant for the development of renewable energy resources and energy carriers. Such techniques include solar-based methods such as solar cells and artificial photosynthesis and “solar fuels”, as well as hydrogen production, fuel cells and efficient batteries. This specialisation has been developed in close cooperation with internationally distinguished and world leading research groups within these areas at the Ångström Laboratory.
EACH - Excellence in Analytical Chemistry
This international two-year joint Master’s degree programme, EACH – Excellence in Analytical Chemistry, educates specialists in analytical chemistry well qualified to work in industry and chemical analysis laboratories worldwide. The specialisation EACH is an Erasmus Mundus programme that is taught by four universities: University of Tartu (UT, coordinator), Estonia; Uppsala University (UU), Sweden; University Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (UCBL), France; and Åbo Akademi University (AAU), Finland. The programme has been recognised by the EU as a joint Master’s degree programme. All students spend their first year in Tartu. The second year is oriented towards specific applications of analytical chemistry and is spent either at UCBL, UU or AAU.
Organic Chemistry
This track is designed for those who want to learn more about modern synthetic methods and strategies, enabling you to work independently with chemical problems involving carbon compounds. The specialisation includes the study of chemical reactions and their mechanisms, catalysis, design of efficient synthesis strategies, purification and characterisation of products, and theoretical models. Particular emphasis is put on developing skills in independent practical work in the laboratory.
Physical Chemistry
Physical chemistry focuses on chemical phenomena at the molecular level with the help of fundamental physical laws. This knowledge forms the basis for most other areas in chemistry, and a physical chemist can work in many different areas of chemistry. This can also be seen from the broad range of courses offered in this study track. Common specialisations are soft materials including surface and colloid chemistry and polymer materials, simulation methods and modelling, and spectroscopic methods with applications in e.g. solar cells or artificial photosynthesis.
Theoretical Chemistry
Theoretical chemistry provides theoretical and computational tools required to model and simulate chemical processes and reactions in a broad range of fields in chemistry. Several courses during the first year are the same as for the physical chemistry specialisation, but this study track also contains courses treating quantum chemical computational methods at an advanced level.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: August 28, 2017
  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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For Master's level studies, applicants must have a Bachelor's degree from an internationally recognised university. Applicants who have not been awarded a Bachelor's degree but are in their final year of studies may be conditionally admitted.

Applicants must also demonstrate proficiency in English, and this is usually done through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL, IELTS or equivalent.

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Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 30561 International
  • Free EU/EEA

Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 72500

Tuition fee, total: SEK 290000


Uppsala University provides several different scholarships for students. The scholarships cover exclusively the tuition fees for courses within the programme, i e 30 credits per semester.

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