Physical Chemistry - Master Programme in Chemistry 2019/2020

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The specialisation offers a firm basis in advanced physical chemistry covering all major areas, and a cutting-edge expertise through in-depth studies, especially in the field of reaction dynamics and research areas related to advanced spectroscopic techniques. The studies combine theoretical knowledge and practical skills in physical chemistry, as well as insight into theoretical and computational chemistry methods.

Why this programme?

The Master Programme in Chemistry, specialising in Physical Chemistry, goes in depth into advanced aspects of physical chemistry and modern experimental techniques. You will meet lecturers and professors who are leading experts in areas like femtosecond laser spectroscopy, reaction dynamics, and electron transfer reactions applied to solar cells, artificial photosynthesis and photocatalysis.

The specialisation is oriented towards fundamental physical chemistry, but it also includes the physical and chemical foundations needed to take part in the development of new solutions for sustainable production of energy and fuels, e.g., the kinetics and mechanisms of electron transfer reactions in solar cells, photocatalysis, and artificial photosynthesis. Also included are the theoretical aspects and simulation methods related to, e.g., new materials. These are important research fields, and you will be well-equipped for either future research within academia or for research and development in industry.

It has been developed in cooperation with world leading research groups in this field at the university and you have the opportunity to do your degree project in ​a dynamic and world-class research environment, using state-of-the art equipment.

During the programme you can expect to:

  • get a personal mentor who helps you prepare for your future career
  • gain theoretical knowledge and practical skills in advanced physical chemistry, as well as insight into theoretical and computational chemistry methods
  • be a part of 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.

Student profile
You are probably coming directly from your bachelor degree or have had a relevant job to strengthen your analytical and 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, as well as a firm theoretical basis 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.

Degree

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

All specialisations of this programme

Programme

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 chair professors in different fields of chemistry will give seminars about the current trends in their respective research fields. The semester ends with a profile course in physical chemistry.

Semester 2, 3 and 4
During the second semester, you will take courses in different areas of physical chemistry, including photochemistry and advanced electrochemistry.

During the third semester you will have a course in statistical thermodynamics and simulation methods. You will also have advanced courses in laser spectroscopy and molecular chemical physics, taught by leading experts in the field.

Given the close connection to research, these courses often provide the inspiration for a degree project of 30 credits or 45 credits that ends the programme

Some examples of recent Master's thesis titles

  • N. Kaul: Excited state reactivity of [{PhB(MeIm)3}2Fe]+
  • Y. Zhao: Structural properties of selected high entropy alloys for hydrogen storage: HfNbTiVScxZr1-x, HfNbTiVYxZr1-x, and HfNbVTiScxY1-x

Courses within the programme

See outline 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 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 versatility of the field is also evident from where you can do your Master's thesis project, which can be in the research group where you have your mentor, or in another group doing research in related fields, depending on your research interests.

The language of instruction is English.

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.

Our graduates in physical chemistry find positions in many different areas. Many become PhD-students, some at Uppsala University, but also at other universities throughout the world. Most recent examples include, e.g., University of Zürich, and Lund University

Chemical issues are found in most sectors, and having a specialisation in physical chemistry makes it possible for you to hold key positions in addressing many future challenges related, e.g., to clean and efficient production, conversion and storage of energy.

Positions are also possible in areas related to more fundamental chemical questions, being able to contribute to the development of new methods for the investigation of chemical and physical processes and reactions, the knowledge which is needed for the development of new materials and more environmentally friendly production processes.

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 plenty of 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 related to both applied and more fundamental aspect of chemistry, 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.

Admissions

Physical Chemistry

120 credits

Autumn 2019 - 100 % - Campus

Location: Uppsala

Application Deadline: 2019-01-15

Enrolment Code: UU-M1375 Application

Language of Instruction: English

Requirements:
Academic requirements
A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
Also required is 90 credits in chemistry 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).

Fees:

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