The Master's Programme in Chemistry, specialising in Theoretical and Computational Chemistry, provides a firm basis in theoretical and computational chemistry and a cutting-edge expertise in the field of electronic structure calculations for molecules and materials, molecular dynamics simulations, reaction dynamics and spectroscopy-related research areas. A central theme is to provide foundations that will allow you to embark on advanced studies in a range of modern research fields in academia or in industry.
Why this programme?
This Master's Programme in Chemistry, specialising in Theoretical and Computational Chemistry, will give you in-depth knowledge of advanced topics of theoretical and computational chemistry and is developed in cooperation with world leading research groups in this field at the university. You will have lecturers who are experts in, e.g., chemical bonding and electronic structure theory, molecular dynamics simulations, and reaction dynamics and you will have the opportunity to do your degree project in a dynamic and world-class research environment using state-of-the art computational methods and equipment.
One central theme of this programme is to provide a foundation that will allow you to embark on advanced studies in a range of modern research fields in academia or in industry. Some important examples of such areas are sustainable energy and fuel solutions, heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis and photocatalysis, new materials and their properties, modelling of biologically relevant systems, and molecular spectroscopies of various flavours. Thus in your thesis in theoretical and computational chemistry you will have access to a range of chemistry areas to specialise in, and you will be well-equipped for a further career in academia or industry.
During the programme you can expect to:
get a personal mentor who helps you prepare for your future career
build a foundation that will allow you to embark on advanced studies in a range of modern research fields in academia or in industry
be a part of a university with two Nobel prizes in chemistry.
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 thesis, and to make contacts for your future career. To give you even further experience in working in a research group, you can also choose the course Research training which will further develop your theoretical knowledge and computational skills.
Student profile You are probably coming directly from your Bachelor's degree or have had a relevant job to strengthen relevant skills. In any case you have not forgotten too much of your broad chemistry base. You have a firm basis in physical and theoretical chemistry, and possibly some experience in computational chemistry. Your university was also well equipped with experimental facilities so you have good practical training, 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.
Name: Andrea Balderrama From: Bolivia Studying: Master’s Programme in Chemistry – Analytical Chemistry
Why did you choose to come and study in Sweden?
– A friend of mine was studying in Sweden and really enjoyed being here. She suggested that I look into Sweden since I was planning to study abroad. I did, and realised that Swedish universities are really good. Also, the way of life and culture seemed to be a good fit for me. Best decision ever!
Why did you choose to study this programme?
– I knew that analytical chemistry was what I liked. Uppsala University had a whole Master’s programme where I could focus on that!
How is it like to study at a university in Sweden?
– The relationship with your professors is horisontal. You call them by their name and discuss with them more like colleagues instead of a professor – student kind of way. Grades are not that important here, which makes you enjoy the learning process way more!
Does your programme live up to your expectations?
– Totally! I enjoyed and learned a lot from the lectures, labs and projects we had.
What is the best about studying at Uppsala University?
– I think being in a place with so much history and trajectory in science. I remembered being in some lectures and it was casually mentioned that whatever we were covering at the time was discovered here. It blew my mind!
How does a normal day look like for you?
– Just pointing out that I am not the most interesting person. Breakfast, lectures, lunch with classmates, more lectures and a bit of revising. Then I would mix either meeting with friends, exercise or just relaxing.
What has been the most fun and interesting so far?
– Valborg – Walpurgis Eve. It is celebrated in the spring and the biggest celebration is in the university cities of Uppsala and Lund. The whole city is closed for a week (specially two days) and students take over with many activities.
What is typical for your programme?
– We have a lot of labs per course. They are quite interesting and help you understand better what you cover in lectures.
How was it coming to Sweden for the first time?
– I thought it would be really cold, but it was August, so it was still sunny and relatively warm. That was a nice surprise.
How did you meet and get to know new people?
– Your corridor (shared accommodation), your programme and hobbies are great places to meet new people.
What is your future goal with your studies?
– For me the most important is that I use my skills to have a positive impact around me (even if it is small!).
What do you do beside your studies?
– I like reading, watching YouTube, enjoy the nature (we have a lot of that here) and fika with friends (important Swedish word to learn).
Three quick questions Favorite place in Uppsala?
– The botanical garden.
Best student tradition at Uppsala University?
– When you finish your PhD, you have a “nailing ceremony” where you literally nail your thesis to a wood stick!
What do you do in five years?
– I want to help others and continue learning!
Semester 1 You will study chemistry courses which provide you with the theoretical and experimental skills needed for the subsequent semesters. Some of these courses are common to other specialisations in the Master Programme in Chemistry. 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. The semester ends with a profile course in theoretical chemistry.
Semester 2, 3 and 4 During the second semester, you will take courses in different areas of physical, theoretical and computational chemistry, You will learn about photochemistry as well as catalysis together with students taking the specialisation of Chemistry for Renewable Energy and Physical Chemistry. These are areas related to research in theoretical and computational chemistry. You will also take a course in advanced methods in computational chemistry of molecules and solid materials. The courses on catalysis, and photochemistry will provide you with a thorough understanding of energy relevant applications, e.g., solar cells and various forms of chemical conversion through catalytic processes.
During the third semester there will be further advanced courses, including topics such as femtosecond laser spectroscopy, statistical thermodynamics, and computer simulation methods, and simulation methods for biological macromolecules. The programme ends with a degree project of 30 credits or 45 credits.
Some examples of recent Master's thesis titles
M. Ugandi: Conical intersection optimisation with approximate nonadiabatic coupling
D. Larsson: Single-atom Ru on TiO2: A CO2-reduction catalyst?
N. Proos Vedin: On the impact of excited state antiaromaticity on drug photodegradation
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. Meet our students and researchers, and find out more about our research in organical chemistry.
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 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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