The Master Programme in Chemistry at Uppsala University has strong links to world-leading research conducted at the university. As a student, you will have the opportunity for in-depth studies of the specific area of chemistry in which you are most interested. Some of the specialisations include the tracks in Bio- and Nano Materials and Chemistry for Renewable Energy, which are unique specialisations for Uppsala University.
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?
This international two-year joint Master’s degree programme, EACH - Excellence in Analytical Chemistry, educates specialists in analytical chemistry well qualified to work in industry and chemical analysis laboratories worldwide. The specialisation EACH is an Erasmus Mundus programme that is taught by four universities: University of Tartu (UT, coordinator), Estonia; Uppsala University (UU), Sweden; University Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (UCBL), France; and Åbo Akademi University (AAU), Finland. The programme has been recognised by the EU as a joint Master’s degree programme. All students spend their first year in Tartu. The second year is oriented towards specific applications of analytical chemistry and is spent either at UCBL, UU or AAU. More information and application procedure
The programme leads to a Master of Science (120 credits) with Chemistry as the main field of study.
First semester You will study chemistry courses which provide you with the theoretical and experimental skills needed for the subsequent semesters.
Second, third and fourth semester During the second and third semesters, you will take courses within your specialisation, or prepare your own combined study plan. The programme will end with a degree project of 30 or possibly 45 credits. During your studies you will also come into contact with many cutting-edge research groups and gain insight into their research activities.
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.
A Master of Science in Chemistry from Uppsala University will provide you with many opportunities to build an exciting future career in industry, the public sector, entrepreneurship or in academia. Not only will you gain the knowledge and ability to perform special and advanced tasks in your field, 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. Chemists hold key positions in addressing future challenges such as sustainable energy systems, clean and efficient production of recyclable materials and non-hazardous products, as well as new pharmaceuticals and vaccines.
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.
Requirements: Academic requirements A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. Also required is:
60 credits in chemistry or chemical engineering; and
20 credits in mathematics and/or physics.
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
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.