Master’s studies

Analytical Chemistry - Master Programme in Chemistry 2018/2019

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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.  You will have leading experts in, e.g., analytical neurochemistry and imaging mass spectrometry as teachers, and 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.

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 career, not least thanks to the close connection to excellent and world leading research, but you will also 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. The groups have also a well-developed cooperation with other institutions and research agencies which is beneficial for you when choosing a project for the Master's thesis, and to make contacts for your future career.

Why this programme?

This specialisation provides you with cutting-edge expertise through in-depth studies in the field of analytical chemistry. The studies combine theoretical knowledge and practical skills in various analytical techniques, including advanced statistical methods for data analysis. This is an increasingly important area and you will learn more about different chromatographic and other separation techniques and detection methods, not least mass spectrometry.

From the outline you can see that 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 first semester you take courses which will give you the basis for more specialised courses during the following two semesters. The courses during the second semester show the cross-disciplinary aspect of this this important area of chemistry. You will have courses in separation techniques and mass spectrometry as well as in forensic chemistry methods. During the third semester you will have a course in the analysis of complex samples which includes a project where you have to begin by planning how and where to take appropriate samples, sample preparation, methods of analysis, and how to statistically treat the data, and how to present them in a report.

The importance and versatility of the field is also seen in where you can do your Master's thesis projects, which could be in the research group where you had your mentor or in another group doing research in related fields. Uppsala University is also part of the SciLifeLab which can also 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.

Some examples of Master's thesis titles 2017:

  • A. Holfeld: Unlocking the Proteome of Archival Tissue Collections
  • B. Clarijs: Novel Strategies for the Extraction of Dissolved Organic Matter from Natural Waters
  • A. Rostvall: Evaluation of Sorption Materials for the Removal of Organic Micropollutants in Domestic Wastewater and their Potential Infiltration in Groundwater


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

All specialisations of this programme


First semester
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.

Second, third, and fourth semester
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. 

Courses within the programme

See outline for courses within the specialisation.

Learning experience

Theory and practical work are always interwoven 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 emphasise coaching 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.

The language of instruction is English.  


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.

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.

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.


Analytical Chemistry

120 credits

Autumn 2018 - 100 % - Campus

Location: Uppsala

Application Deadline: 2018-01-15

Enrolment Code: UU-M1378 Application

Language of Instruction: English

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
  • Cambridge: CAE, CPE
More information about English language requirements

Selection: Students are selected based on:

  • 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.

Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 72500

Tuition fee, total: SEK 290000