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Study Chemistry

Chemistry plays an important role in the development of a sustainable society. By creating new drugs and new materials that are recyclable, environmentally friendly and energy-efficient, chemists solve tomorrow's global challenges within health and medicine, environment and climate.

Study Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology and become part of a stimulating environment with top research in analytical, inorganic and physical chemistry, organic and medicinal chemistry, biochemistry and structural biology, and atmospheric science. As a Master's student, you will have excellent opportunities to deepen your scientific knowledge and develop your experimental skills, preparing you for an exciting career that will impact the future.

Programmes and stand-alone courses

The Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology offers two challenging Master’s programmes and a wide range of stand-alone courses, all linked to world-leading research.

  • Master's programme in Chemistry

    Our Master’s programme in Chemistry broadens your knowledge in the fields of analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, biochemistry and structural biology, as well as atmospheric science.

    The programme comprises 120 higher education credits and consists of advanced courses and an individual degree project within one of our research groups. You can choose to perform a degree project of 30, 45 or 60 higher education credits. Correspondingly, your coursework will comprise 90, 75 or 60 higher education credits.

    Master's programme in Chemistry

    This master's programme will give you a deep understanding of chemistry as you will learn to use advanced experimental and theoretical methods. You will sharpen your skills by analyzing the complex processes at atomic level and their intricate relationships. Such fundamental knowledge is very useful for many modern applications such as:
    • synthesis of organic compounds for drug delivery
    • synthesis of new nanomaterials
    • enhancing the functionality of materials used in industrial processes by tuning their surface and interfacial properties
    • development of novel analytical tools for environmental and bioanalytical analysis
    • the development of new modelling approaches and simulations for complex systems
    • for the design, production and structural determination of biomolecules.

    Through the choice of your master project you can specialize in organic, physical, inorganic or analytical chemistry.

    During the first academic year, you take courses corresponding to 60 hec. We recommend you to choose from the following in-depth courses at the advanced level:

    • KEM815 - Advanced Organic Chemistry
    • KEM552 - Introduction to molecular modelling / KEM321 - Applied Quantum Chemistry
    • KEM081 - Advanced Analytical Chemistry
    • KEM131 - Colloid and Surface Chemistry
    • KEM350 - Design and Production of Biomolecules
    • KEM360 - Structure and Dynamics of Biomolecules

    During the second academic year, you will perform an individual degree project within one of our research groups, giving you the opportunity to specialize in the research area you are most interested in, being:

    • analytical chemistry
    • atmospheric science
    • biochemistry and structural biology
    • electrochemistry
    • inorganic chemistry
    • physical chemistry

    More information: Master’s programme in Chemistry

    Environmental Chemistry

    If you are interested in Environmental Chemistry, you can opt for the Atmosphere, Climate and Ecosystems (ACE) Master Programme. In this programme, you will learn how human activities are linked to physical and chemical properties of the atmosphere, climate and ecosystems and how related problems can be mitigated. You can give your studies a chemistry focus by choosing the following courses in addition to the compulsory courses in this program:

    • KEM170 - Atmospheric Chemistry
    • KEM720 - Aerosols

    More information: Atmosphere, Climate and Ecosystems (ACE) Master Programme

  • Master's programme in Organic and Medicinal Chemistry

    Our Master’s programme in Organic and Medicinal Chemistry gives you in-depth knowledge in the field of design and synthesis of substances that form the basis of exciting new materials or may have specific effects on the body. It also includes in-depth studies of organic chemical reactions, amongst others, the principles for stereoselective synthesis, the use of catalysts, spectroscopy and computational chemistry. Within the programme, you can direct your education towards either organic chemistry or medicinal chemistry. This will be decisive for the choice of your master project.

    The programme comprises 120 higher education credits and consists of advanced courses and an individual degree project within one of our top research groups. You can choose to perform a degree project of 30, 45 or 60 higher education credits. Correspondingly, your coursework will comprise 90, 75 or 60 higher education credits.

    During the first academic year, we recommend you to choose from the in-depth courses at the advanced level listed below. Two courses, Advanced Organic Synthesis and Advanced Medicinal Chemistry, are mandatory.

    • KEM815 - Advanced Organic Chemistry
    • KEM350 - Design and Production of Biomolecules
    • KEM825 - Organic and Medicinal Chemistry & KEM 552 - Introduction to molecular modelling
    • KEM750 - Advanced Organic Synthesis (mandatory)
    • KEM760 - Advanced Medicinal Chemistry (mandatory)

    During the second academic year, you will perform an individual degree project within one of our top research groups, giving you the opportunity to specialize in the research area you are most interested in, being organic chemistry or medicinal chemistry.

    More information: Master’s programme in Organic and Medicinal Chemistry

  • Stand-alone courses in Chemistry

    The Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology offers a wide range of courses in English within the field of Chemistry, both on a basic (Bachelor’s) level and on an advanced (Master’s) level. Some of these courses have a sustainability label. The aim of labelling is to visualize which courses deal with sustainable development.

    For exchange students

    On Courses for Exchange Students, you will find a list of basic (Bachelor’s) and advanced (Master’s) courses in English given at the Faculty of Science as well as more information on application, qualifications, credits, and semesters and periods.

    For regular students

    Courses and Programmes lists all basic (Bachelor’s) and advanced (Master’s) chemistry courses in English given at the University of Gothenburg.

    Please contact our study counsellor Per Martin Björemark if you have any questions. He will help and guide you so that you can make well-informed decisions.
     

Tailor your education into a unique profile

At the University of Gothenburg, you can tailor your education to your own interests and ambitions.

All Master’s programmes in Chemistry consist of some predefined and some optional courses. For the optional courses, you can choose to deepen your knowledge in your field or to broaden your knowledge by adding other natural science subjects to your study curriculum. You can, for instance, combine your chemistry studies with molecular biology and neuroscience, allowing you to create a unique profile within Life Science.

You can also choose to study any other subject taught at the University of Gothenburg, such as economics, leadership or a new language. This allows you to create a unique interdisciplinary degree, and thus a unique profile on the job market.

Learning and teaching

During your time with us, you will acquire an in-depth knowledge of Chemistry, both in theory and in practice. You will also develop other important transferable skills such as accuracy, analytical thinking and communication, preparing you for all challenges in your future career.

Our way of teaching in a nutshell:

  • You take one course at a time.
  • You are taught in small groups allowing close contact with teachers and researchers.
  • By using problem-based learning methods in the form of mini projects, you will develop your critical and analytical thinking. Oral and written presentations of scientific material will strengthen your communication skills.
  • You spend a great deal of your time in the laboratory where you work individually or in pairs.
  • At the end of your Master’s studies, you will perform an individual degree project of up to one year within one of our top research groups.

Career possibilities

A degree in chemistry offers numerous job possibilities.

You may pursue a career in the private sector and work in chemical industries, pharmaceutical companies or quality control laboratories, usually with research and development.

Alternatively, you could opt for the public sector and work within the Administration.

You may also choose to continue your studies on a doctoral level, which may lead to a career as a research scientist within academia or in industry.

As the optional courses in your education allow you to create a unique profile on the job market, there are many more career paths to choose from. You could for instance work as a science journalist, teacher, sales representative, marketer, etc.

3 reasons why you should study at the University of Gothenburg

1. One of the world’s best universities in the area of life science. In ShanghaiRanking’s global ranking of academic subjects, the University of Gothenburg ranked second in Sweden and 40th worldwide in the field of Life Sciences - Biological Sciences. Biological sciences include biochemistry, molecular biology, biophysics, cell biology and microbiology.

2. Gothenburg invests heavily in life science. Today, Gothenburg hosts important future employers such as AstraZeneca and Sahlgrenska University Hospital. Starting in 2019, the area around Astra Zeneca's plant in Mölndal will be transformed into an international research area for life sciences with almost 7000 new employees. The University of Gothenburg is also strengthening the area of life sciences by gathering scientists active in the field of life science in a new building at the Medical Hill Campus (Medicinareberget).

3. International study environment. At the Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology, you study in an international environment with researchers, teachers and students coming from all over the world. As a student, you can also take advantage of the large international contact network all our researchers have.

More information

If you have any questions, please contact our study counsellor Per Martin Björemark. He will help and guide you so that you can make well-informed decisions.


Normally the autumn term is between 1/9 until 18/1, and the spring term between 19/1 until 7/6. The start of each course, however, can vary. Contact our study counsellors for more information.

Study counsellor Chemistry

Per Martin Björemark

Telephone number:
+46 (0)31-786 9013

Telephone hours:
Tuesday-Thursday, 10:00-12:00 (CET)

E-mail: svlkemi@cmb.gu.se

Address: Campus Johanneberg, Kemigården 4,
room 7012

Do you want to apply to one of our programmes?

Please apply on
www.universityadmissions.se (link opens in a new window). Here, you will find all the information you need to start your studies in Sweden.

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