Chemistry

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Uppsala University’s Master Programme in Chemistry has strong links to world-leading research conducted at the university. As a student, you will have the opportunity to study the specific area of chemistry in which you are most interested in-depth.

The programme offers a choice between eight study tracks, all of which are based on strong areas of research at Uppsala University, providing you with cutting-edge expertise through in-depth studies in the particular area of your choice. Also, you may choose within the framework of your degree, to combine chemistry studies with subjects such as entrepreneurship, languages or project management.

Specializations

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Bio and Nano Materials
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemical Biology
  • Chemistry for Renewable Energy
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Theoretical Chemistry
  • EACH - Excellence in Analytic Chemistry

Career

A Master of Science in Chemistry from Uppsala University will provide you with many opportunities to build an exciting future career in industry, the public sector, entrepreneurship or in the academic world. Not only will you gain knowledge and the ability to perform special and advanced tasks in your field, you will also be qualified for positions in many other areas where problem-solving, abstract thinking and analytical ability are required.
Surveys have shown that the labour market for chemists with a degree from Uppsala University is excellent, with 97 per cent of those who obtained their degree during the last ten years being either employed or undertaking doctoral studies.
Chemical issues are found in most sectors. Chemists hold key positions in addressing future challenges such as sustainable energy systems, clean and efficient production of recycable materials and non-hazardous products, as well as new pharmaceuticals and vaccines.
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, or environmental and sustainability issues.

Degree

The programme leads to a Master of Science (120 credits) with Chemistry as the main field of study.

The programme offers a choice between eight study tracks, all of which are based on strong areas of research at Uppsala University, providing you with cutting-edge expertise through in-depth studies in the particular area of your choice. Also, you may choose within the framework of your degree, to combine chemistry studies with subjects such as entrepreneurship, languages or project management.

Analytical Chemistry

The focus is on the analyses of samples from industry, the environment and medicine. It includes courses in separation and detection (especially mass spectrometry), as well as courses where you work in larger projects using modern research instrumentation and multivariate data analysis.

Biochemistry

Biochemistry is the chemistry of life. This track concentrates on cellular processes with focus on the chemical aspects of structure/function relationship in biomole­cules. The specialisation is linked to current research in enzymology, pharmaceutical development and protein design by directed ­evolution.

Bio- and Nanomaterials

This study track combines theoretical knowledge and practical skills in organic chemistry, chemical biology, as well as materials chemistry, and includes the chemical, biological, and mechanical properties of soft materials. This is a major growth area, and includes e.g. tissue engineering, soft functional nanomaterials, biosensors, and materials for drug transport and delivery.

Chemical Biology

Chemical Biology provides chemical understanding of biological phenomena with applications in pharmaceuticals, diagnostics and biotechnology. The courses partly overlap with the biochemistry track, but courses with a more organic chemistry focus are also included.

Chemistry for Renewable Energy

This study track focuses on the chemical principles, materials and methods relevant for the development of renewable energy resources and energy carriers. Such techniques include solar-based methods such as solar cells and artificial photosynthesis and “solar fuels”, as well as hydrogen production, fuel cells and efficient batteries. This specialisation has been developed in close cooperation with internationally distinguished and world leading research groups within these areas at the Ångström Laboratory.

EACH - Excellence in Analytic Chemistry

This international two-year joint master degree programme, EACH – Excellence in Analytical CHemistry, educates specialists in analytical chemistry well qualified to work in industry and chemical analysis laboratories worldwide. The specialisation EACH is taught by four universities: University of Tartu (UT, coordinator), Estonia; Uppsala University (UU), Sweden; University Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (UCBL), France; and Åbo Akademi University (AAU), Finland. The programme has been recognized by the EU as a joint master degree program. All students spend the first study year in Tartu. The second year is oriented towards specific applications of analytical chemistry and is spent either at UCBL, UU or AAU.

Organic Chemistry

This track is designed for those who want to learn more about modern synthetic methods and strategies, enabling you to work independently with chemical problems involving carbon compounds. The specialisation includes the study of chemical reactions and their mechanisms, catalysis, design of efficient synthesis strategies, purification and characterisation of products, and theoretical models. Particular emphasis is placed on developing skills in independent practical work in the laboratory.

Physical Chemistry

Physical chemistry focuses on chemical phenomena at the molecular level with the help of basic physical laws. This knowledge forms the basis for most other areas in chemistry, and a physical chemist can work in many different areas of chemistry. This can also be seen from the broad range of courses offered in this study track. Common specialisations are soft materials including surface- and colloid chemistry and polymer materials, simulations methods and modelling, and spectroscopic methods with applications in e.g. solar cells or artificial photosynthesis.

Theoretical Chemistry

Theoretical chemistry provides theoretical and computational tools required to model and simulate chemical processes and reactions in a broad range of fields in chemistry. Several courses during the first year are the same as for the physical chemistry specialisation, but this study track also contains courses treating quantum chemical computational methods at an advanced level.

Analytical Chemistry, Chemistry for Renewable Energy and Organic ChemistryBachelor of Science (i.e. three years of full-time studies), including 90 credits in Chemistry.Biochemistry, Physical Chemistry, Chemical BiologyBachelor of Science (i.e. three years of full-time studies), including 90 credits in Chemistry and Biology, whereof at least 60 credits in Chemistry.Theoretical ChemistryBachelor of Science (i.e. three years of full-time studies), including 90 credits in Chemistry and Physics, whereof at least 60 credits in Chemistry.Bio and Nano MaterialsBachelor of Science (i.e. three years of full-time studies), including 90 credits in Chemistry, Biology and Physics, whereof at least 60 credits in Chemistry.EACH - Excellence in Analytical ChemistryFor information about requirements for the specialisation EACH - Excellence in Analytic Chemistry, see www.ut.ee/EACH. Deadline is December 2014 (exact date will be announced later). GeneralProof of skills in English to a level corresponding to English B in the Swedish secondary school. This is normally attested by means of an internationally recognised test with the following minimum scores:IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test and a total score of 90Cambridge: CAE, CPESelectionSelection will be based on previous academic studies and degrees, and a statement of intent. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 575 TOEFL iBT® test: 90

Uppsala University provides several different scholarships for students. The scholarships cover exclusively the tuition fees for courses within the programme, i e 30 credits per semester.
Read more about scholarships on www.uu.se/scholarships.

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