Master’s studies

Chemistry for Renewable Energy - Master Programme in Chemistry 2018/2019

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The Master Programme in Chemistry with the specialisation in Chemistry for Renewable Energy has been developed in cooperation with world leading research groups in this field at the university. Within this unique specialisation, you will meet lecturers and professors who are experts in areas like nano-structured solar cells, artificial photosynthesis and solar fuels, photocatalysis, and Li-ion batteries, and have the opportunity to do your degree project in a ​dynamic and world-class research environment, which is an advantage both if you want to continue with a PhD or have a job, e.g., in industry or at a research institute.

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 offers cutting-edge expertise through in-depth studies in the field of chemistry for renewable energy. The studies combine theoretical knowledge and practical skills in different areas of chemistry. It includes the physical and chemical foundations to be able to take part in the development of new solutions for sustainable production of electricity and fuels, as well as energy storage. This is a major growth area, and you will be well-equipped for either future research within academia or research and development in industry. From the outline you can see that you will have a solid foundation in the relevant areas for this study track.

During the first semester you take courses which will give you the basis for the more specialised ones during the following two semesters. Photochemistry, electrochemistry, and materials chemistry and catalysis are necessary for a thorough understanding of, e.g., solar cells, batteries and photocatalysis, and the lecturers are all active researchers, which means that you will be able to discuss current research trends with leading experts. During the third semester you will use your knowledge and skills in a half-semester course about energy conversion and storage, before beginning your degree project.

The versatility of the field is also evident from where the you can do your Master's thesis project, which could be in the research group where you have your mentor or in another group, doing research in a related field. In the Uppsala region, there are also many large or small companies where you can find challenging projects, which will further add to your contact network.

Some examples of Master's thesis titles from spring 2017

  • K. Böőr: Development of a method for a closed-loop recycling of the electrode materials of spent nickel-metal hydride batteries
  • G. Ren: A Cu Polypyridine Complex for Water Oxidation and Proton Reduction
  • M. Pan: Efficient Solar Cells based on Bismuth Halide Materials


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 also common to other specialisations in the Master Programme in Chemistry. In the very first course, you will meet many of the chair professors in the different fields of chemistry who will give seminars about what are the current trends in their respective research fields. The semester ends with a special profile course in chemistry for renewable energy.

Second, third, and fourth semester
During the second semester, you will take courses in areas related to physical and materials chemistry, including photochemistry, advanced electrochemistry, and materials chemistry and catalysis. These are necessary for future work with, e.g., solar cells, batteries and artificial photosynthesis. The third semester includes a course in chemical energy conversion and storage. 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 obtain the knowledge and ability to perform special and advanced tasks related to the chemical aspects of renewable energy, 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, and having a specialisation in chemistry for renewable energy 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 and fuels, but also in areas related to materials science and analysis.

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.


Chemistry for Renewable Energy

120 credits

Autumn 2018 - 100 % - Campus

Location: Uppsala

Application Deadline: 2018-01-15

Enrolment Code: UU-M1371 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. This is normally attested by an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS with the following minimum scores:

  • 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
Exemptions for students from certain countries.

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