The Master's Programme in Chemistry, specialising in Analytical Chemistry provides you with cutting-edge expertise in the field of analytical chemistry. You combine theoretical knowledge and practical skills in various analytical techniques, including advanced statistical methods for data analysis. This is an increasingly important area both for environmental and advanced biomedical analysis, and you will learn more about different chromatographic and other separation techniques and detection methods, not least mass spectrometry.
Why this programme?
The Master's Programme in Chemistry, specialising in Analytical Chemistry, has strong links to world leading research in the field of mass spectrometric analysis of biological samples. It will go in depth into many different aspects and methods of analytical chemistry, and you will have access to the most advanced research instruments.
Your teachers will be leading experts in, e.g., analytical neurochemistry and imaging mass spectrometry and you have the opportunity to do your degree project in a dynamic and world-class research environment, either at the university, at a national research agency, or in a private company. You will gain a firm basis in advanced analytical chemistry, covering all major techniques and acquire a cutting-edge expertise through in-depth studies, especially in the field of advanced mass spectrometry.
During the programme you can expect to:
get a personal mentor who helps you prepare for your future career
gain access to the most advanced research instruments
study at a university with two Nobel prizes in chemistry.
A degree from Uppsala University will give you close connection to excellent and world leading research and you will have the opportunity to develop a personal contact network. You will have a personal mentor who will invite you to seminars, group-meetings and other events in order to prepare you for your future career and you will meet PhD students and post-docs who have come to Uppsala to be part of an excellent research environment to do cutting-edge research. 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 thesis, and to make contacts for your future career.
Uppsala University is also part of the SciLifeLab, which can offer suitable projects for those interested in the field of advanced analytical chemistry of biological samples. In the Uppsala region, there are also several large or small companies and research agencies where you can find interesting 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 especially your experimental skills. In any case you have not forgotten too much of your broad chemistry base. Your university was well equipped with experimental facilities so 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. You are extremely motivated and willing to take the responsibility needed to successfully complete your studies.
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 a Master of Science (120 credits) with Chemistry as the main field of study.
Name: Nwachukwu Temitope Odunayo From: Nigeria Studied: Master’s Programme in Chemistry, study years 2018-2020
How did you choose your programme?
I have always been passionate about separation and analysis of samples to find out their constituents, and I found this opportunity in analytical chemistry. Everything around us is chemistry and it is a major part of our everyday life.
What is it like to be an international student?
As an international student, one is coming into a new environment entirely. There is a need to change and adapt to many things quickly ranging from food, weather, clothing that fit each season, making new friends, teaching styles, examination and lots more. Nevertheless, the experience brings one together with other international students from various background and ways of life. It gives opportunity for exchange of ideas and opinions as well as to learn people’s culture.
What is the best thing about studying at Uppsala University?
Uppsala University is a well-known research university. Laboratories are key integral of my programme and I enjoyed it. My classes were timely and well-taught by my teachers.
How did you experience your first few days in Sweden?
The first few days were calm, lonely and conservative because everyone was reserved. It was initially difficult especially during the dark times of winter. But making friends helped to overcome this.
What was a normal day like for you?
Attending classes daily and having labs. Finding time to write experiment and laboratory reports weekly. I also went for Swedish language class (‘SFI’) in the evening. Sometimes, I worked in different student nations at late evenings.
What’s unique about your programme?
My programme was concluded on time as planned, despite the corona virus pandemic. The supervisors were all available to assist in every way for smooth running. My teachers are experts in their various fields and they were very approachable and always in class for their lectures.
How would you describe the relationship between you and your teachers at the University?
It was cordial and friendly. We called the teachers by their first names, and this fostered good relations. Although, I found it disrespectful initially to call them by names but with time, I got used to it. They were available for further explanation about any difficult areas.
What is your reason for studying and your ultimate goal?
I desire to acquire knowledge in the area of chemistry to be able to impact on the upcoming generation. My goal is to become an academic professor.
How was your student life and what was your best experience?
Student life for me is not a bed of roses. It’s s a period where new things are taught, and you are expected to learn new things on your own as well. There is a strong competition among your times for classes, homework, laboratory and report writing, seminars and examinations. Sometimes, group project can drag longer than expected because group members are not tolerant or cooperative. Above all, student life prepares one for life afterwards.
One of my best experiences was when I was selected as Uppsala University student ambassador at the Faculty of Science and Technology. I travelled faraway to speak and create awareness about the University and to help students to apply. It was a great experience for me. Furthermore, the togetherness shared with friends was a good experience. We had each other’s back and shared things in common. We hope to meet sometimes again in the future – we meet to part, and we part to meet.
Semester 1 You will study chemistry courses which 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. The semester ends with a course in analytical spectroscopy.
Semester 2, 3 and 4 During the second and third semesters, you will take advanced courses in analytical chemistry, including, e.g. forensic chemistry, but also learn more about the most recent techniques and equipment in separation and mass spectrometry. You will also do a project involving the whole chain from planning how and where to obtain the samples, sample preparation, all the way to choosing 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 is also seen in where you can do your Master's thesis project, which could be in the research group where you had your mentor or in another group doing research in related fields.
Some examples of recent Master's thesis titles:
J. Petterson: Separation and analysis of inositol phosphates by pressure-assisted reversed polarity zone electrophoresis coupled to electrospray ionisation tandem mass spectrometry
Q. Jia: Isolation of narrow-range pI fractions by combination of isoelectric focusing and nanoLC for intact protein analysis by mass spectrometry
H. Whyte: Separation and analysis of peptides in natural water
Theory and practical work are always interwoven into the courses, and instruction takes place in the form of lectures, laboratory work, problem solving, seminars, and projects.
The lecturers are active researchers, and we coach you to adopt a scientific approach in your work where you will develop the necessary skills to solve problems, to think critically and analytically, to plan and formulate research problems, and to independently carry out the necessary experiments and to analyse and interpret the results.
On a seminar, you present your ideas and discuss with your classmates regarding a course book or work you have conducted; 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 also be very important in your future career.
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 being 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, or environmental and sustainability issues, developing new and improved methods for quality control.
Salary in Sweden can vary greatly depending on education level, work task, previous experience, location, sector, etc. According to one of the largest Swedish work union SACO's statistics of salary in Sweden in 2019, newly graduated students in chemistry earned between SEK 25 000 and SEK 35 000 per month before tax.
Our previous graduates today work at, for example, Cytiva (previously GE Healthcare), AstraZeneca, Cambrex, and Biotage, as Development Engineers, Principal or Research and Development Scientists, and Chemical Analysis Specialists, etc.
Career support During your whole time as a student UU Careers offers you support and guidance. You have the opportunity to partake in a variety of career activities and events, as well as receive individual career counselling. This service is free of charge for all students at Uppsala University. Read more aboutUU Careers.
Below you will find the details about eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and tuition fee. For information on how to apply and what documents you need to submit, check the application guide. For this programme, besides the general supporting documents, you also need to submit one programme-specific document: a statement of purpose.
Requirements: Academic requirements A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. Also required is 90 credits in chemistry.
Language requirements All applicants need to verify English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden ("English 6"). This can be done in a number of ways, including through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous upper secondary (high school) or university studies. The minimum test scores are:
IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
TOEFL: 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 90
a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
a statement of purpose (1 page).
If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.