Master's Programme in Chemistry – Chemical Biology

120 credits

Do you want to be part of groundbreaking research? The Master's program in Chemistry specialization in Chemical Biology is closely linked to world-leading research and you will have the chance to do your thesis within a broad, dynamic and modern research environment. With courses covering organic molecules and biological macromolecules, you will be well prepared for a future in biotechnology and drug development.

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

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

The specialisation in Chemical Biology has been developed in cooperation with world-leading research groups. It is partly taught together with the specialisation in Biochemistry but provides more in-depth advanced aspects of current synthetic chemistry, chemical biology and associated experimental techniques. You will have lecturers who are leading experts in, e.g., organic synthesis, spectroscopy, enzymology, X-ray crystallography, cryo-electron microscopy, systems biology and protein engineering.

During the programme, you can expect to:

  • have a personal mentor who helps you prepare for your future career,
  • combine theoretical knowledge and practical skills in organic chemistry, biochemistry and interfacing disciplines such as nanobiotechnology, and drug design,
  • be a part of a university with two Nobel prizes in chemistry.

The programme also prepares you to participate in the development of new solutions for sustainable production of more efficient drugs, fuels, materials and domestic chemicals. These are important research fields, and you will be well-equipped for either future research within academia or research and development in industry. From the outline, you can see that you will receive a solid foundation in all modern areas of chemical biology.

A degree from Uppsala University will give you a close connection to excellent and world-leading research and an opportunity to develop a personal contact network. 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.

Student profile

You are probably coming directly from your Bachelor's degree or have had a relevant job to strengthen your experimental skills. You have good practical training in 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. 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.

Degree

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 that 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 also meet many of the professors in the different fields of chemistry who 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 forensic chemistry, and learn more about 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 the 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 your mentor's research group or another group doing research in related fields, or at a research agency or in a company.

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 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, in 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.

Contact

  • For questions about the programme, please contact the programme coordinator:
  • kemimaster@kemi.uu.se
  • For programme-specific information, please contact the study counsellor:
  • master@kemi.uu.se
  • For admissions-related or general information, please contact our applicant support team:
  • masterprogrammes@uu.se

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