The Master's Programme in Chemistry, specialising in Bio and Nano Materials, provides you with cutting-edge expertise through in-depth studies in the field of Bio and Nano materials. The studies combine theoretical knowledge and practical skills in polymer chemistry, organic chemistry, chemical biology, as well as materials chemistry. You will also study the chemical and physical properties of soft materials applied to, e.g., medical applications.
Why this programme?
The Master's Programme in Chemistry, specialising in Bio and Nano Materials, has strong links to world leading research in this field. It is a unique specialisation at Uppsala University and you will have leading experts in, e.g. tissue engineering and biomaterials as teachers, and have the opportunity to do your degree project in a dynamic and world-class research environment, either at the university or in a private company.
The course content also includes the chemical and physical properties of soft materials, applied to, e.g., medical applications. This is a major growth area and you will learn more about tissue engineering, soft functional materials, both on the nanoscale as well bulk properties and materials for drug transport and delivery, etc.
During the programme you can expect to:
get a personal mentor who helps you prepare for your future career
gain access to advanced research instruments
a university with two Nobel prizes in chemistry
The courses show the cross-disciplinary aspect of this highly active field. You will have courses in biomaterials, as well as in surface and colloid chemistry and in organic chemistry. The wide range of applications are also seen in the course in nanobiotechnology which are followed by a course dealing with both the mechanical properties of soft materials as well as conducting polymers and polymer electrolytes, where the applications range from solar cells to medical devices. You will also have a course in Bioengineering: Biomaterials and Design. To give you even further experience in working in a research group, you can also choose a course in Research training which will further develop your theoretical knowledge and experimental skills.
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's thesis, and to make contacts for your future career.
Uppsala University is also part of the SciLifeLab which can offer suitable projects for those interested in the field of bio- and nanomaterials. In the Uppsala region, there are also several large or small companies and research agencies where you can find interesting projects, which will further add to your contact network.
Student profile You are probably coming directly from your Bachelor's degree or have had a relevant job to strengthen your analytical and not least your experimental skills. In any case you have not 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 which are common to other specialisations in the Master's Programme in Chemistry. There is a great flexibility for choosing courses according to your background and interests. During the first semester you can choose to take courses related to biochemistry/chemical biology or more physical and colloid chemistry related courses, to complement your earlier studies. In the very first course, you will also meet many of the professors in the different fields of chemistry giving seminars about the current trends in their respective research fields.
Semester 2, 3 and 4 During the second and third semesters, you will take different courses in, e.g., biomaterials, surface chemistry, soft materials, organic chemistry and also nanobiotechnology. All courses include a combination of theory and experimental training. The programme ends with a degree project of 30 credits or 45 credits.
Some examples of recent Master's thesis titles
R. Giró Pujols: Synthesis and characterisation of phosphoserine containing adhesive cements
Y. Liu: Novel porous scaffolds intended for bone tissue regeneration prepared using bioceramics combined with spider silk mimetic peptide
L. Silva: Investigating the influence of lipid composition on the Doxorubicin encapsulation and retention capabilities of lipodisks designed for drug-delivery applications
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 coach 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.
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 many future challenges related, e.g. to monitoring new products and production methods, environmental hazards, as well as developing methods for finding new biomarkers for diagnostic purposes.
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 analytical chemistry, you will also be qualified for positions in many other areas where problem-solving, abstract thinking and analytical ability are required.
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, developing new and improved methods for quality control.
Career support During your whole time as a student UU Careers offers you support and guidance. You have the opportunity to partake in a variety of career activities and events, as well as receive individual career counselling. This service is free of charge for all students at Uppsala University. Read more aboutUU Careers.
Requirements: Academic requirements A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. Also required is 90 credits in chemistry, biology and physics, of which at least 60 credits must be 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).
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