The specialisation in Analytical Chemistry provides you with cutting-edge expertise in the field of analytical chemistry. You combine theoretical knowledge and practical skills in various analytical techniques, including advanced statistical methods for data analysis. This is an increasingly important area both for environmental and advanced biomedical analysis, and you will learn more about different chromatographic and other separation techniques and detection methods, not least mass spectrometry.
Why this programme?
The Master Programme in Chemistry with the specialisation in Analytical Chemistry has strong links to world leading research in the field of mass spectrometric analysis of biological samples. It will go in depth into many different aspects and methods of analytical chemistry, and you will have access to the most advanced research instruments. Your teachers will be leading experts in, e.g., analytical neurochemistry and imaging mass spectrometry and you have the opportunity to do your degree project in a dynamic and world-class research environment, either at the university, at a national research agency, or in a private company. You will gain a firm basis in advanced analytical chemistry, covering all major techniques and acquire a cutting-edge expertise through in-depth studies, especially in the field of advanced mass spectrometry.
During the programme you can expect to:
get a personal mentor who helps you prepare for your future career
gain access to the most advanced research instruments
study at a university with two Nobel prizes in chemistry
A degree from Uppsala University will give you close connection to excellent and world leading research and you will have the opportunity to develop a personal contact network. You will have a personal mentor who will invite you to seminars, group-meetings and other events in order to prepare you for your future career and you will meet PhD students and post-docs who have come to Uppsala to be part of an excellent research environment to do cutting-edge research. Our research groups have a well-developed cooperation with other institutions and research agencies which is beneficial for you when choosing a project for the master thesis, and to make contacts for your future career.
Uppsala University is also part of the SciLifeLab, which can offer suitable projects for those interested in the field of advanced analytical chemistry of biological samples. In the Uppsala region, there are also several large or small companies and research agencies where you can find interesting projects, which will further add to your contact network.
Student profile You are probably coming directly from your bachelor degree or have had a relevant job to strengthen especially your experimental skills. You have not, anyway, forgotten too much of your broad chemistry base. Your university was well equipped with experimental facilities so you have good practical training working in a lab, and can select relevant methods and stay safe while doing experiments.
You have an analytical mind and are able and willing to express your thoughts in both writing and speaking. You are extremely motivated and willing to take the responsibility needed to successfully complete your studies.
A PhD education is a distinct possibility in your future so you would value coming into contact with current research and prominent researchers in the respective international field.
The programme leads to a Master of Science (120 credits) with Chemistry as the main field of study.
Semester 1 You will study chemistry courses which provide you with the theoretical and experimental skills needed for the subsequent semesters. Some of these courses are common to other specialisations in the Master Programme in Chemistry. In the very first course, you will also meet many of the professors in the different fields of chemistry who give seminars about the current trends in their respective research fields. The semester ends with a course in analytical spectroscopy.
Semester 2, 3 and 4 During the second and third semesters, you will take advanced courses in analytical chemistry, including, e.g. forensic chemistry, but also learn more about the most recent techniques and equipment in separation and mass spectrometry. You will also do a project involving the whole chain from planning how and where to obtain the samples, sample preparation, all the way to choosing method of analysis and statistical validation. The programme ends with a degree project of 30 credits or 45 credits.
The importance and versatility of the field is also seen in where you can do your Master's thesis project, which could be in the research group where you had your mentor or in another group doing research in related fields.
Some examples of recent Master's thesis titles
K. Rodiouchkina: Development of a multi-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry method for measurement of stable sulphur isotope ratios in aerosol sulphate
J. Lillja: MSn structural determination of fatty acid isomers in mixtures using silver cationization and artificial neural networks
U. Rybinska: Approaches to minimize and control external contamination during sample handling and analysis of phenolic compounds in food samples
Theory and practical work are always intervowen into the courses, and instruction takes place in the form of lectures, laboratory work, problem solving, seminars, and projects.
The lecturers are active researchers, and we coach you to adopt a scientific approach in your work where you will develop the necessary skills to solve problems, to think critically and analytically, to plan and formulate research problems, and to independently carry out the necessary experiments and to analyse and interpret the results.
You will also receive systematic training in both oral and written presentations as an integrated part of the courses. The ability to communicate well will be very important in your future career.
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. Analytical chemists hold key positions in addressing many future challenges related, e.g. to monitoring new products and production methods, environmental hazards, as well as developing methods for finding new biomarkers for diagnostic purposes.
A Master of Science in Chemistry from Uppsala University will provide you with many opportunities to build an exciting future career in academia, in industry, the public sector, or in entrepreneurship. Not only will you gain the knowledge and ability to perform special and advanced tasks in analytical chemistry, you will also be qualified for positions in many other areas where problem-solving, abstract thinking and analytical ability are required.
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, developing new and improved methods for quality control.
Career support When you are about to finish your studies and want to start planning for your next step in life, you are welcome to UU Careers for support and guidance. You are also welcome to a variety of career activities and events all through your stay at Uppsala University. Of course, the services are free of charge. Learn more about UU career support.
Requirements: Academic requirements A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. Also required is 90 credits in chemistry.
Language requirements All applicants need to verify English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden ("English 6"). This can be done in a number of ways, including through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous upper secondary (high school) or university studies. The minimum test scores are:
IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
a statement of purpose (1 page).
If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.