Master's Programme in Chemistry – Biochemistry

120 credits

Are you looking for an education closely linked to world-leading research and that gives you a solid foundation in advanced biochemistry? Then the Master's Programme in Chemistry with specialisation in Biochemistry is for you. The teachers are leading experts in molecular interactions and protein technology, enzymology, X-ray crystallography and cryo-electron microscopy. The biochemical research creates great opportunities for you and your thesis.

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

Autumn 2024 Autumn 2024, Uppsala, 100%, On-campus, English

The Master's Programme in Chemistry, specialising in Biochemistry, is partly taught together with the specialisation in Chemical Biology. This specialisation however provides more in-depth advanced aspects of current biochemistry and associated experimental techniques. The width of current biochemical research allows you to perform your degree project in a dynamic and modern research environment, using state-of-the-art equipment.

Your studies will combine theoretical knowledge and practical skills in biochemistry and interfacing disciplines such as biotechnology and drug design. It will also give you insight into computational chemistry and structural biology methods. Your studies includes the physical and chemical foundations you need to take part in different research projects. You will be prepared and well-equipped to participate in the development of new solutions for the sustainable production of more efficient drugs, fuels, and new materials.

During the programme, you can expect to:

  • have a personal mentor who helps you prepare for your future career,
  • have lecturers who are leading experts in, among other areas, enzymology, X-ray crystallography, macromolecular interactions, systems biology and protein engineering,
  • be a part of a university with two Nobel prizes in chemistry.

You will meet PhD students and postdoctoral researchers who have come to Uppsala to be part of an excellent research environment. Our research groups have a well-developed cooperation with other institutions and research agencies. This is beneficial for you when choosing a project for the master thesis and making contacts for your future career.

Student profile

You have a background which includes chemistry and biology, more specifically biochemistry. You have an interest in research as well as developing new methods for sustainable production, of example more efficient drugs, fuels and new materials.


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).

Year 1

During the first semester, you take courses which will give you the basis for the more specialised courses during the following two semesters. You have the option to choose courses in biophysical chemistry, RNA structure and function, structure and function of proteins, and protein and drugs. In the very first course, you will meet many of the professors in different fields of chemistry who give seminars about the current trends in their respective research fields.

The courses during the second semester are focused on molecular cell biology and molecular recognition. You can also opt to take a course in chemical molecular design, which is offered in the specialisations Chemical Biology and Organic Chemistry too.

Year 2

During the third semester, you will have courses in protein engineering, enzymology, and bioorganic catalysis. The versatility of the field is also seen in where you can do your Master's thesis project. This can be in the research group where you have your mentor or in another group doing research in related fields, depending on your research interests.

An important goal is for you to become independent, both in the planning of your work and in the lab. The programme ends with a degree project of 30 credits or 45 credits during the fourth semester.

Courses within the programme

See the programme outline for courses within the programme.

Instruction takes place in the form of lectures, laboratory work, problem-solving, seminars and projects.

Theory and practical work are always interwoven into the courses. In seminars, you present your ideas and discuss a course book or work you have conducted with your classmates, 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 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.

The language of instruction is English.

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

Our previous graduates today work at, for example:

  • Cytiva (previously GE Healthcare),
  • GSK,
  • Alvotech,
  • Thermo Fischer Scientific.

A degree from Uppsala University will give you close connection to excellent and world leading research. You will have 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, 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.

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.


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