Master's Programme in Chemistry – Analytical Chemistry

120 credits

The Master's Programme in Chemistry, specialising in Analytical Chemistry, is closely linked to world-leading research and will provide you with cutting-edge expertise in the field of analytical chemistry. You will gain theoretical knowledge and practical skills in various analytical, separation and detection techniques, including statistical methods for data analysis, that will prepare you for high-level interdisciplinary work in both industry and academia.

Autumn 2023 Autumn 2023, Uppsala, 100%, On-campus, English

The Master's Programme in Chemistry, specialising in Analytical Chemistry, has strong links to world-leading research in the field of mass spectrometric analysis of chemically complex samples, such as samples with biological or environmental origin. The programme will go in-depth into qualitative and quantitative aspects of analytical chemistry, including common and state-of-the-art methodologies.

The teachers are leading experts in analytical chemistry, focusing on proteomics, metabolomics, lipidomics, neurochemical analysis, environmental analysis, single cell analysis, and imaging mass spectrometry, with a drive to push the frontier in mass spectrometry, often with an interdisciplinary focus. You will have the opportunity to work on your degree project in a dynamic and world-class research environment, either at the university, at a national research agency, or in industry. You will gain fundamental knowledge in advanced analytical chemistry and acquire cutting-edge expertise through in-depth studies covering important and modern analytical techniques.

During the programme you can expect to:

  • Gain crucial theoretical and practical skills for your future career
  • Opportunity to gain practical experience in cutting-edge research
  • Study at a university with two Nobel prizes in chemistry

A degree from Uppsala University will give you a close connection to excellent and world-leading research and the opportunity to develop a personal contact network. You will meet PhD students and post-docs who are performing research at Uppsala University to build an excellent research environment. Our research groups have well-developed collaborations with (inter)national universities, institutions and research agencies, which provides plenty of opportunities to choose a project for your master thesis, and to make contacts for your future career. In the Uppsala region, there are also several research agencies as well as large and small companies the need analytical chemists to work on their projects, which provide local career opportunities.

Student profile

You have completed your Bachelor's degree with a broad overview and knowledge in chemistry or have had a relevant job to strengthen your experimental skills.

You have an interest to specialise in analytical chemistry and learning specific skills both in writing and speaking. We provide the perfect education for you to become a future specialist in analytical chemistry to be prepared for your future scientific career in academia or industry. 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 the degree of Master of Science (120 credits) with Chemistry as the main field of study. After one year of study, it is possible to obtain a degree of Master of Science (60 credits).

In the first semester, 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's Programme in Chemistry. In the very first course, you will meet many of the professors in the different fields of chemistry, who will give seminars about the current trends in their respective research fields.

During the second and third semesters, you will take advanced courses in analytical chemistry, including, e.g. forensic chemistry, and also learn to use the most recent techniques and equipment in separation and mass spectrometry. You will do a project involving the whole chain from planning how and where to obtain samples and sample preparation, all the way to choosing a method of analysis and statistical validation.

The programme ends with a degree project of 30 credits or 45 credits. The importance and versatility of the field are also seen in where you can do your Master's thesis project, which could be in the research group where you had your mentor or in another group doing research in related fields, or at a research agency or in a company.

Some examples of recent Master's thesis titles:

  • T. Giannakoudi: Determination of organic phosphorus in soil samples by capillary zone electrophoresis coupled to electrospray ionization mass spectrometry
  • M. Hao: Development of a methodology based solid-phase microextraction followed by gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry (SPME/GC-MS) for the determination of semi-volatile organic extractables from pharmaceutical packaging systems
  • N. Temitope: Argentation chromatography for the separation of complex aquatic mixtures and characterization of dissolved organic matters
  • Zhen Yang: Mass spectrometric analysis of amine metabolites in human samples using chemoselective probes

Courses within the programme

See the programme outline for courses within the programme.

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 who will coach you to adopt a scientific approach in your work, where you will develop the necessary skills to solve problems, think critically and analytically, plan and formulate research problems, and independently carry out the necessary experiments and analyse as well as interpret the results.

In seminars, you present your ideas and discuss with your classmates a course book or work you have conducted; while the teacher usually only moderates the discussion. The aim is to develop critical thinking and collaborative skills which will be required in your future professional development. All students are expected to be active participants in all forms of discussions.

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.

The language of instruction is English.

Surveys have shown that the labour market for chemists with a degree from Uppsala University is excellent. 97% of those who obtained their degree during the last ten years are either employed or undertaking doctoral studies.

A Master of Science in Chemistry from Uppsala University will provide you with many opportunities to build an exciting future career in academia, industry, the public sector, or in entrepreneurship. Not only will you gain the knowledge and ability to perform special and advanced tasks in chemistry, but 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
  • Environmental and sustainability issues
  • Developing new and improved methods for quality control

The salary in Sweden can vary greatly depending on education level, work task, previous experience, location, sector, etc. According to one of the largest Swedish work unions SACO's statistics of salary in Sweden in 2021, newly graduated students in chemistry earned between SEK 25 000 and SEK 35 000 per month before tax.

Career support

During your time as a student, UU Careers offers support and guidance. You have the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities and events that will prepare you for your future career. Learn more about UU Careers.