Master’s studies

Organic Chemistry - Master Programme in Chemistry 2018/2019

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The Master Programme in Chemistry with the specialisation in Organic Chemistry has been developed in cooperation with world leading research groups in this field at the university. In this specialisation at Uppsala University you will 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, and have the opportunity to do your degree project in a ​dynamic and world-class research environment.

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 programme provides you with cutting-edge expertise through in-depth studies in the field of organic chemistry. The studies combine theoretical knowledge and practical skills covering various topics of organic chemistry. They include modern synthesis methodology, training in synthesis design, experimental verification and optimisation in the laboratory, and practical application of spectroscopic techniques. This will leave you 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 specialisation.

During the first semester you take courses which will give you the basis for the more specialised courses during the following two semesters. The courses during the second semester will provide you with a deeper understanding of organic chemistry and its foundations. The lecturers are all active researchers, and in the practical exercises you will also get to know current PhD students, 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 specific for this specialisation, before beginning your degree project.

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.

Some examples of recent Master's thesis titles

  • T. Gunther: Toward a novel host-guest complex: An exploration of the synthetic aspects
  • F. Ingner: Preparation of carbazolyne precursors through C-H activation
  • A.-B. Bornhof: Synthesis of β,β-substituted porphyrins and hydro-porphyrins for application in highly ordered light-harvesting 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 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.

Second, third, and fourth semester
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.

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 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.

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. 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. 


Organic Chemistry

120 credits

Autumn 2018 - 100 % - Campus

Location: Uppsala

Application Deadline: 2018-01-15

Enrolment Code: UU-M1376 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 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