Uppsala University

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.


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.

A degree from Uppsala University will give you advantages in your carreer, not least thanks to the close connection to excellent and world leading research in areas such as: artificial photosynthesis, solar celles, e­ffective batteriers, material chemistry, drug development, biomarkers for medical diagnostics.

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. You can also choose to study e.g. one semester as an exchange student.

  • 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 which provide you with the theoretical and experimental skills needed for the subsequent semesters.

Second, third and fourth semester

During the second and third semesters, 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 possibly 45 credits. During your studies you will also come into contact with many cutting-edge research groups and gain insight into their research activities.

See outlines for courses within the specialisations:
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Bio and Nano Materials
  • Biochemistry
  • EACH - Excellence in Analytical Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Chemistry for Renewable Energy
  • Chemical Biology
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Theoretical Chemistry

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 575

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 90

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
Also required is 90 credits in chemistry.

Students are selected based on:

  • a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
  • a statement of purpose (1 page).

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 30370 International
  • Free EU/EEA

Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 72500

Tuition fee, total: SEK 290000


StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.