Molecular Science and Engineering, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #98 (QS) ,
The MSc in Molecular Science and Engineering at KTH Royal Institute of Technology provides in-depth knowledge of molecular systems and advanced tools for successful careers in industry, academia, and society. It's all on the molecular design, characterization, applications of molecular structures and materials, it includes aspects of innovation, environmental issues, sustainability, and safety.


Molecular Science and Engineering at KTH Royal Institute of Technology

The two-year master programme in Molecular Science and Engineering provides the students with a broad background in chemistry as well as a deeper knowledge in some chosen areas. A wide range of topics are covered, including molecular structure, synthesis of molecules, material properties, quantum chemistry, molecular reactions, surface chemistry, and you will also become acquainted with a number of advanced analytical techniques. 

In addition, you will perform project work and teamwork, as well as practice your written and oral communication. The opportunities to do coursework or to perform the degree project abroad are good, and there are a large number of foreign universities in different countries to choose between. 

The programme is strongly linked to the activities at the School of Chemical Science and Engineering, and especially the Department of Chemistry. Thus, you will come in direct contact with research performed at KTH. Moreover, the programme deals with real-world challenges such as considerations of energy, safety, environment, ethics, sustainability, and human rights in chemical industries, research, and society.

The programme consists of choosing from an extensive selection of courses followed by a degree project. There is considerable freedom and an opportunity to create a personalised curriculum, focusing on individual areas of interest and allowing for a degree that is both fundamentally strong and specialised.

Examples of specialisations include the following profiles:

  • Design and synthesis of molecular structures
  • Chemical analysis and spectroscopy
  • Theoretical chemistry and molecular modeling
  • Organic and biological chemistry
  • Nanomaterials chemistry
  • Surface chemistry and surface-active materials

Other specialisations may be designed, where guidelines and recommendations for course combinations will be given.


Specialists in all aspects of molecular science and engineering are always in demand, and career prospects are strong. It is a very wide field, with areas including: pharmaceuticals; life sciences, medicine and medical engineering; biotechnology; environmental technology; forensics; fine chemicals; consumer products; cosmetics; polymers; pulp and paper; food and agriculture; petroleum; mining and materials; microfabrication and energy. There is also an increased need for consultants with specialist knowledge in patenting, scientific writing, venture capital and marketing, expertise for governmental bodies and authorities, as well as for PhDs within the area.

Programme Structure

Courses Included
  • Theory and Methodology of Science with Applications (Natural and Technological Science)
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • Spectroscopic Tools for Chemistry
  • Analytical Separations
  • Surfaces, Colloids and Soft Matter
  • Quantum Chemistry
  • Molecular Enzymology
  • Biocatalysis
  • Solid State Chemistry: Structures and Methods
  • Molecular Thermodynamics
  • Photo, Radiation and Radical Chemistry
  • Risk Analysis and Management for Chemical Engineers
  • Ideation- Creating Your Own Company
  • Molecular Modeling
  • Nano-structured Materials
  • Biomedical Materials
  • Corrosion and Surface Protection
  • Selective Organic Synthesis, Theory
  • Selective Organic Synthesis
  • Bioactive Molecules
  • Environmental Aspects of Atmospheric, Aquatic and Terrestrial Chemistry
  • Risk Analysis and Management for Chemical Engineers
  • Polymer Chemistry
  • Polymer Physics
  • Degree Project in Chemistry, Second Cycle
  • Degree Project in Chemical Engineering, Second Cycle
  • Degree Project in Fibre and Polymer Technology, Second Cycle

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    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:


    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:


    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

Programme specific admission requirements

A Bachelor’s degree, corresponding to at least 180 ECTS credits, in Chemistry or closely related subject including courses in:

  • Chemistry or closely related subject corresponding to at least 75 ECTS
  • Mathematics corresponding to at least 20 ECTS
  • Numerical Analysis/Computer Science corresponding to at least 9 ECTS
Programme specific documents
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of motivation
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Relevant work experience, if any
  • List of qualifications for specific requirements
The list of qualifications for specific requirements should be divided in three sections under the headings:
  • Chemistry or closely related subject
  • Mathematics
  • Numerical Analysis/Computer Science

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    16087.5 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32175 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • Non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: The full programme tuition fee is SEK 310 000
  • EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: There are no tuition fees for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens


Every year a limited number of KTH Scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence. Recipients of the KTH Scholarship will have their tuition fee waived for the first and the second year, provided that the study results during the first year are satisfactory.

Applications for the KTH Scholarship for studies beginning in autumn will be open December 1 - January 15.

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