Master's Programme in Chemistry – Chemistry for Renewable Energy

120 credits

Do you want to be part of the solution to a global challenge and a major growth area? The Master's Programme in Chemistry, specializing in Chemistry for Renewable Energy, provides you with not only in-depth knowledge but also cutting-edge skills to help shape the sustainable energy solutions of the future. You will be equipped for a future in industry, in a research institute or as a PhD student.

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

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

The specialisation Chemistry for Renewable Energy has been developed in cooperation with world-leading research groups at Uppsala University and will allow you to do your degree project in a ​dynamic and world-class research environment.

You will meet lecturers and professors who are experts in areas like nano-structured solar cells, artificial photosynthesis and solar fuels, photocatalysis, and Li-ion batteries. This will be an advantage if you want to continue with PhD studies or have a job in industry or at a research institute.

During the programme, you can expect to:

  • have a personal mentor who helps you prepare for your future career,
  • develop new solutions for sustainable production of electricity and fuels, as well as energy storage,
  • be a part of a university with two Nobel prizes in chemistry.

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.

The versatility of the field is also evident from where you can do your Master's thesis project, which could be in the research group where you have your mentor, or in another group doing research in a related field. In the Uppsala region, there are many large or small companies where you can find challenging 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 experimental skills. 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. 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 also common to other specialisations in the Master's Programme in Chemistry. In the very first course, you will meet many of the chair professors in the different fields of chemistry who will give seminars about the current trends in their respective research fields. The semester ends with a special profile course in chemistry for renewable energy.

During the second semester, you will take courses in areas related to physical chemistry, including photochemistry, advanced electrochemistry, and a course on catalysis with a focus on renewable energy. These are necessary for future work with, e.g., solar cells, batteries and artificial photosynthesis.

The third semester includes courses on material chemistry and molecular approaches to renewable energy conversion, as well as a course on societal aspects of renewable energy. The programme ends with a degree project of 30 credits or 45 credits.

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.

Our former students work at for example:

  • Thermo Fisher Scientific,
  • Scania AB,
  • AFRY AB,
  • Northvolt.

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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