Syllabus for Advanced Mass Spectrometry

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A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 15 credits
  • Course code: 1KB159
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Chemistry A1F

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2017-03-09
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2017
  • Entry requirements:

    120 credits with 60 credits in chemistry including Separation and Mass Spectrometry, 15 credits.

  • Responsible department: Department of Chemistry - BMC

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student shall be able to:

  • use knowledge in high resolving mass spectrometry (HRMS) with focus on analytical chemistry to solve analytical questions in the field of biology, veterinary and human medicine (molecular diagnostics).
  • motivate the choice of suitable combinations of sample preparation, chromatographic or electrophoretic separation and MS detection in order to solve analytical problems.
  • apply multivariate data analysis and bioinformatic tools for solving analytical problems.
  • explain the role of MS as an analytical tool for solving biological questions with different principles of imaging.
  • perform experimental work with the most essential separation and analytical methods for biology and molecular diagnostics as well as account for and present achieved results in a scientific format.


Overview of modern instrumentation for high resolution mass spectrometry including Fourier-transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (FTICR), Orbitrap MS and Imaging MS. Emphasis is placed on the conditions and opportunities offered for different combinations of separation techniques, imaging techniques and mass spectrometry, with both qualitative and quantitative analytical aspects. Computational tools related to the questions are addressed.


The teaching is given as lectures, excecises, group discussion, experimental work, demonstrations, seminars and communication training (oral and written).


Written examination (7,5 hp). The laboratory experiments and presentations (oral and written) represents 7,5 hp. The final grade corresponds to a weighted average of the written examination and the laboratory results.

Other directives

Laboratory work and communication training are mandatory. This course cannot be included in a degree together with the course 1KB158 Advanced Mass Spectrometry, 10.0 credits

Syllabus Revisions

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2017

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Ekman, Rolf Mass spectrometry : instrumentation, interpretation, and applications

    Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons, c2009

    Find in the library

  • Hoffmann, Edmond de; Stroobant, Vincent Mass spectrometry : principles and applications

    3. ed.: Chichester: Wiley, cop 2007

    Find in the library