This specialisation provides you with cutting-edge expertise in the field of organic chemistry. Your studies combine theoretical knowledge and practical skills covering various important topics of organic chemistry. These include modern synthesis methodology, training in synthesis design, experimental verification and optimization in the laboratory, and practical application of spectroscopic techniques.
Why this programme?
In the specialisation Organic Chemistry, within the Master's Programme in Chemistry you have lecturers who are experts in, e.g., organic synthesis, organometallic chemistry, natural product chemistry, development of new analytical methodology, supramolecular chemistry, drug development for complex diseases, and chemistry of carbon allotropes.
The specialisation 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. This will leave you well-equipped for either future research within academia or research and development in industry.
During the programme you can expect to:
get a personal mentor who helps you prepare for your future career
includes modern synthesis methodology, training in synthesis design, experimental verification and optimization
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's degree or have had a relevant job to strengthen especially 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.
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 also meet many of the chair professors in the different fields of chemistry giving seminars about the current trends in their respective research fields. The semester ends with the first course in NMR spectroscopy.
Semester 2, 3 and 4 During the second and third semesters, you will take courses in organic chemistry, including, e.g., physical-organic chemistry and also more advanced methods in organic synthesis. The lab training is individual, and an important goal is for you to become independent both in the planning of your work and in the lab. The programme ends with a degree project of 30 credits or 45 credits.
Some examples of recent Master's thesis titles
R.C.A. Dubini: Investigation of the synthesis of stiff-stilbene based photoswitchable peptidomimetics
G. Hulu: Improved reaction conditions for rhodium-catalyzed hydroarylation of C60 fullerenes with tolylboronic acid
F.C.O. Gaboardi: Synthesis, characterization, and evaluation of the electrochemical performance of arylidene dipropiolates for application in chemical energy storage.
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 versatility of the field is also evident from 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 a related field. In the Uppsala region, there are also large or small companies where you can find challenging projects, which will further add to your contact network.
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 organic chemistry find positions in many different areas. Many become PhD students at Uppsala University, but also at other universities throughout the world. Most recent examples include, e.g., University of Geneva. Others will find a job in a company, primarily within R&D, not least in the pharmaceutical area, e.g., AstraZeneca.
Chemical issues are found in most sectors. Organic chemists hold key positions in addressing many future challenges related to e.g., clean, efficient and sustainable production of non-hazardous products and other new routes for green chemistry, finding new molecules for diagnostic purposes and advanced materials, and the design of pharmaceuticals.
Possible career paths can vary. You may work with research and development, production processes, 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 organic 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.
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.