Master's studies

Bio and Nano Materials - Master Programme in Chemistry 2018/2019

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The Master Programme in Chemistry with the specialisation in Bio- and Nano Materials has strong links to world leading research in this field. It is a unique specialisation at Uppsala University and you will have leading experts in, e.g. tissue engineering and biomaterials as teachers, and have the opportunity to do your degree project in a dynamic and world-class research environment, either at the university 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?

The specialisation provides you with cutting-edge expertise through in-depth studies in the field of bio- and nano materials. The studies combine theoretical knowledge and practical skills in polymer chemistry, organic chemistry, chemical biology, as well as materials chemistry, and include the chemical and physical properties of soft materials, applied to, e.g., medical applications. This is a major growth area and you will learn more about, e.g., tissue engineering, soft functional materials, both on the nanoscale as well bulk properties, biosensors, and materials for drug transport and delivery.

From the outline you can see that there is a great flexibility for choosing courses according to your background and interests, and the complete programme is given in English. During the first semester you can choose to take courses related to biochemistry/chemical biology or more physical and colloid chemistry related courses, to complement your earlier studies.

The courses during the following two semesters show the cross-disciplinary aspect of this this highly active field. You will have courses in biomaterials, as well as in surface and colloid chemistry and in organic chemistry. The wide range of applications are also seen in the courses in nanobiotechnology and biosensors, which are followed by a course dealing with both the mechanical properties of soft materials as well as conducting polymers and polymer electrolytes, where the applications range from solar cells to medical devices. The 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 have your mentor or in another group doing research in related fields.

Uppsala University is also part of the SciLifeLab which can also offer you suitable projects in the field of bio- and nanomaterials. In the Uppsala region, there are also several large or small biotech companies where you can find interesting projects, which will further add to your contact network.

Some examples of Master's thesis titles from spring 2017

  • K. Heitz: Investigating bacteria interactions with nanocellulose hydrogels in a wound healing context
  • I. Gerz: Ion solvation in electrolytes for light-emitting electrochemical cells
  • N. Gräns-Wood: Using modified collagen and reversible sacrificial hydrogen bonds to improve the mechanical properties and biocompatibility of hydrogels 


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 which are common to other specialisations in the Master Programme in Chemistry. Depending on your background, you will already now be able to choose courses depending on your interests and background. In the very first course, you will also meet many of the professors in the different fields of chemistry giving seminars about the current trends in their respective research fields.

Second, third, and fourth semester
During the second and third semesters, you will take different courses in, e.g., biomaterials, surface chemistry, soft materials, organic chemistry and also nanobiotechnology. All courses include a combination of theory and experimental training. The programme ends with a degree project of 30 credits or 45 credits.

Courses within the programme

See outlines 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 areas related to bio- and nanomaterials, 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.

Soft- and biomaterials, and nanomaterials in general, are found in most sectors. Having a Master in bio- and nanomaterials, you will have a relevant background to hold key positions in addressing future challenges such as tissue engineering and implants, smart responsive materials, drug delivery vehicles, novel polymeric materials, and many other cutting-edge areas and technologies.

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. 


Bio and Nano Materials

120 credits

Autumn 2018 - 100 % - Campus

Location: Uppsala

Application Deadline: 2018-01-15

Enrolment Code: UU-M1379 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, biology and physics, of which at least 60 credits must be 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