Bio and Nano Materials - Master Programme in Chemistry 2019/2020

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The specialisation in Bio- and Nano Materials 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. You will also study the chemical and physical properties of soft materials applied to, e.g., medical applications.

Why this programme?

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.

The course content also 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  tissue engineering, soft functional materials, both on the nanoscale as well bulk properties, biosensors, and materials for drug transport and delivery, etc.

During the programme you can expect to:

  • get a personal mentor who helps you prepare for your future career
  • gain access to advanced research instruments
  • a university with two Nobel prizes in chemistry
The courses show the cross-disciplinary aspect of 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.

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's 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 bio- and nanomaterials. 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 your analytical and not least 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.

All specialisations of this programme


Semester 1
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. There is a great flexibility for choosing courses according to your background and interests. 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. 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.

Semester 2, 3 and 4
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.

Some examples of recent Master's thesis titles

  • S. Zhou: Stimuli-responsive plasmonic photothermal polymer nanocomposite surfaces against biofilms
  • Y. Xue: Improvement of mechanical properties of silk-based hydrogels from silkworm cocoons by using interpenetrating polymer networks
  • R.M. Eleftheriou: Hyaluronic acid hydrogels crosslinked by thiazolidine linkages

Courses within the programme

See outlines for courses within the specialisation.

Learning experience

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 emphasize 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.


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.

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.

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.


Bio and Nano Materials

120 credits

Autumn 2019 - 100 % - Campus

Location: Uppsala

Application Deadline: 2019-01-15

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