This specialisation gives you cutting-edge expertise through in-depth studies in the field of chemistry for renewable energy. Studies include 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 global challenge and a major growth area, and you will be well equipped for either future research within academia or research and development in industry.
Why this programme?
The specialisation Chemistry for Renewable Energy, within the Master's Programme in Chemistry, has been developed in cooperation with world leading research groups at Uppsala University and you get the opportunity to do your degree project in a dynamic and world-class research environment.
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. This is an advantage both if you want to continue with a PhD or have a job in industry or at a research institute.
During the programme you can expect to:
get a personal mentor who helps you prepare for your future career
develop new solutions for sustainable production of electricity and fuels, as well as energy storage
be a part of a university with two Nobel prizes in chemistry
The versatility of the field is also evident from where 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.
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's 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, 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.
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 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.
Semester 2, 3 and 4 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.
Some examples of recent Master's thesis titles
S. Gutiérrez Álvarez: Plasmonic nanoparticles in solar devices: Hydrogen evolution and solar cells
R. Lundström: Anthracite based amorphous carbon anode for sodium-ion batteries
I. Ekebrink Åkerblom: The contribution of carbon black to the SEI formation in silicon electrodes by means of XPS and electrochemical measurements
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.
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 chemistry for renewable energy 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., Imperial College, London, University of Geneva, and Technical University of Denmark. Others will find a job in a company, primarily working with R&D, examples include Volvo Cars and Midsummer AB.
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.
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.
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.
Requirements: 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
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.