Syllabus for Spectroscopy



  • 10 credits
  • Course code: 1KB750
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Chemistry A1N, Technology A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2007-03-15
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2019-02-19
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2019
  • Entry requirements:

    120 credits with 60 credits in chemistry. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.

  • Responsible department: Department of Chemistry - Ångström Laboratory

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • have achieved advanced knowledge about the interactions of electromagnetic radiation and matter and their applications in spectroscopy.
  • be able to apply formalisms based on molecular symmetry to predict spectroscopic properties.
  • be able to analyse and interpret spectroscopic data collected by the methods discussed in the course.
  • be able to solve problems related to the structure, purity and concentration of chemicals and to study molecular interactions by choosing suitable spectroscopic methods and interpreting corresponding data.


General aspects of spectroscopy, instrumental aspects of specific spectroscopic techniques, applications of molecular symmetry in spectroscopy. Fundamentals and applications of the following methods: Electronic absorption and emission spectroscopy of atoms and molecules, IR spectroscopy, Light scattering and Raman spectroscopy, X-ray spectroscopy, NMR spectroscopy, EPR spectroscopy.


Lectures, lessons and laboratory work. Project work.


Written test at the end of the course corresponds to 6 credits. the laboratory work/project corresponds to 4 credits. The final grade is weighted.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2019

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Atkins, P. W.; De Paula, Julio Atkins' physical chemistry

    8. ed.: Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 2006

    Find in the library

Last modified: 2022-04-26