Advanced Mass Spectrometry

15 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 1KB159

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Chemistry A1F
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 30 August 2018
Responsible department
Department of Chemistry - BMC

Entry requirements

120 credits with 60 credits in chemistry including Separation and Mass Spectrometry, 15 credits. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • use knowledge in high resolving mass spectrometry (HRMS) with focus on analytical chemistry to solve analytical questions in the field of biology, veterinary and human medicine (molecular diagnostics).
  • motivate the choice of suitable combinations of sample preparation, chromatographic or electrophoretic separation and MS detection in order to solve analytical problems.
  • apply multivariate data analysis and bioinformatic tools for solving analytical problems.
  • explain the role of MS as an analytical tool for solving biological questions with different principles of imaging.
  • perform experimental work with the most essential separation and analytical methods for biology and molecular diagnostics as well as account for and present achieved results in a scientific format.


Overview of modern instrumentation for high resolution mass spectrometry including Fourier-transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (FTICR), Orbitrap MS and Imaging MS. Emphasis is placed on the conditions and opportunities offered for different combinations of separation techniques, imaging techniques and mass spectrometry, with both qualitative and quantitative analytical aspects. Computational tools related to the questions are addressed.


The teaching is given as lectures, excecises, group discussion, experimental work, demonstrations, seminars and communication training (oral and written).


Written examination (7,5 hp). The laboratory experiments and presentations (oral and written) represents 7,5 hp. The final grade corresponds to a weighted average of the written examination and the laboratory results.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Other directives

Laboratory work and communication training are mandatory. This course cannot be included in a degree together with the course 1KB158 Advanced Mass Spectrometry, 10.0 credits