The Master's Programme in Chemistry, specialising in Chemistry for Renewable Energy, gives you cutting-edge expertise through in-depth studies in the field. Studies include the physical and chemical foundations to be able to take part in the development of new solutions for sustainable production of electricity and fuels, as well as energy storage. This is a global challenge and a major growth area, and you will be well-equipped for a future within academia or research and development in the industry.
Why this programme?
The specialisation Chemistry for Renewable Energy has been developed in cooperation with world leading research groups at Uppsala University and will give you the opportunity to do your degree project in a dynamic and world-class research environment.
Within this unique specialisation, 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.
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.
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's thesis, and to make contacts for your future career.
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. 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 will 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: Andrea Balderrama From: Bolivia Studying: Master’s Programme in Chemistry – Analytical Chemistry
Why did you choose to come and study in Sweden?
– A friend of mine was studying in Sweden and really enjoyed being here. She suggested that I look into Sweden since I was planning to study abroad. I did, and realised that Swedish universities are really good. Also, the way of life and culture seemed to be a good fit for me. Best decision ever!
Why did you choose to study this programme?
– I knew that analytical chemistry was what I liked. Uppsala University had a whole Master’s programme where I could focus on that!
How is it like to study at a university in Sweden?
– The relationship with your professors is horisontal. You call them by their name and discuss with them more like colleagues instead of a professor – student kind of way. Grades are not that important here, which makes you enjoy the learning process way more!
Does your programme live up to your expectations?
– Totally! I enjoyed and learned a lot from the lectures, labs and projects we had.
What is the best about studying at Uppsala University?
– I think being in a place with so much history and trajectory in science. I remembered being in some lectures and it was casually mentioned that whatever we were covering at the time was discovered here. It blew my mind!
How does a normal day look like for you?
– Just pointing out that I am not the most interesting person. Breakfast, lectures, lunch with classmates, more lectures and a bit of revising. Then I would mix either meeting with friends, exercise or just relaxing.
What has been the most fun and interesting so far?
– Valborg – Walpurgis Eve. It is celebrated in the spring and the biggest celebration is in the university cities of Uppsala and Lund. The whole city is closed for a week (specially two days) and students take over with many activities.
What is typical for your programme?
– We have a lot of labs per course. They are quite interesting and help you understand better what you cover in lectures.
How was it coming to Sweden for the first time?
– I thought it would be really cold, but it was August, so it was still sunny and relatively warm. That was a nice surprise.
How did you meet and get to know new people?
– Your corridor (shared accommodation), your programme and hobbies are great places to meet new people.
What is your future goal with your studies?
– For me the most important is that I use my skills to have a positive impact around me (even if it is small!).
What do you do beside your studies?
– I like reading, watching YouTube, enjoy the nature (we have a lot of that here) and fika with friends (important Swedish word to learn).
Three quick questions Favorite place in Uppsala?
– The botanical garden.
Best student tradition at Uppsala University?
– When you finish your PhD, you have a “nailing ceremony” where you literally nail your thesis to a wood stick!
What do you do in five years?
– I want to help others and continue learning!
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 what the current trends are 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.
Some examples of Master's thesis titles spring 2020:
T. Nguyen Luong The: Molecular linking towards direct plasmonic transparent solar cells
T. Tjessem: Assembly and characterization of double-layer solid polymer electrolytes for lithium batteries
N.A. Saguì: Electronic tunig of nickel oxide-based electrocatalysts for alkaline water splitting
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 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.
In seminars, 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 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 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
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
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.
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. Learn more about UU Careers.
Below you will find the details about eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and tuition fees. 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 Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6. This requirement can be met either by achieving the required score on an internationally recognised test, or by previous upper secondary or university studies in some countries. Detailed instructions on how to provide evidence of your English proficiency are available at universityadmissions.se.
Students are selected based on:
an overall appraisal 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.