Postgraduate Studies in Chemistry


Postgraduate education (third-cycle) comprise of 4 years of fulltime studies and leads to a doctoral degree. The PhD-studies consists of a number of courses and research for the doctoral thesis. After completing halftime it is possible to conclude with a licentiate degree.

To be admitted to a postgraduate education you need to:

  • Fulfill the general entry requirements, i.e. a degree at advanced level (Master's level) or fulfill the requirements for courses comprising of at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits at Master's level, including an independent project of at least 15 credits, or the equivalent. 
  • Fulfill the entry requirements for the subject specialization in question.
  • Have the ability needed to complete the postgraduate education.

Available PhD positions within Chemistry

Like all other vacancies, vacant PhD positions are advertised, and all of our available PhD positions within the Section of Chemistry can be found on our vacancy page

One study plan - two parts

Details regarding the studies are specified in the study plan for postgraduate studies, which consists of two parts:

  1. General study syllabus. It describes faculty-wide goals and rules for doctoral programmes, as well as specific provisions for the subject and specialisation. 
  2. An individual study plan, specific for each doctoral student. The plan shall be reviewed by the doctoral student and supervisors at least once a year. 

More information about the different parts of the study plan and templates can be found on the Faculty's pages in the Staff gateway.

You can find information about the different subjects and specialisations in chemistry on our page listing the postgraduate education subjects within chemistry. However, to get a better idea of the different research subjects within chemistry, we recommend that you read about each research programme on our research pages

Our Postgraduate courses

There are general courses, faculty courses and subject-specific courses at postgraduate level. It is also possible to a course at master level as part of your research education.

Faculty-common courses

Teacher training courses for all teaching staff

  • Academic Teacher Training course. Information about the course and how to register can be found in the Staff gateway.

Subject-specific courses at postgraduate level (in alphabetical order)

Courses at Department of Chemistry - BMC

Courses at Department of Chemistry - Ångström

Courses at master level that can be relevant for PhD-students

Department of Chemistry - BMC

  • Advanced Mass Spectrometry (15 credits)
  • Applied Analysis of Complex Samples (15 credits)
  • Chemical Molecular Design (10 credits)
  • Computational Chemistry for Biological Macromolecules (10 credits)
  • Mass Spectrometry (7,5 credits)
  • Molecular Recognition in Biological Systems (10 credits)
  • NMR Spectroscopy 1 (5 credits)
  • NMR Spectroscopy 2 (5 credits)
  • Proteomics and Metabolomics (5 credits)
  • Separation and Mass Spectrometry (15 credits)

Department of Chemistry - Ångström
(NOTE! These courses are only offered to PhD students at Uppsala University.)

  • Advanced electrochemistry (10 credits) (Contact: Leif Nyholm.)
  • Laser Spectroscopy (10 credits) (Contact: Jacinto Sá.)
  • Statistical Thermodynamics: Theory and Simulation Methods (15 credits) (Contact: Christer Elvingson.)
  • Chemical Bonding in Molecules and Materials (5 credits) (Contact: Amber Mace.)
  • Physical Organic Chemistry (15 credits) (Contact: Eszter Borbas.)
  • Biomaterials II (5 credits) (Contact: Jöns Hilborn.)
  • Computational Quantum Chemistry for Molecules and Materials (10 credits) (Contact: Chao Zhang.)
  • Chemical bonding and computational Chemistry (10 credits) (Contact: Chao Zhang.)
  • Photochemistry (10 credits) (Kontaktperson: Reiner Lomoth.)
  • Renewable Energy Technology and Society (5 credits) (Kontaktperson: Henrik Ottosson.)
  • Catalysis (5 credits) (Contact: Gustav Berggren.)
  • Batteries for electromobility (7,5 credits) (Contact: Guiomar Hernández.)

Contact concerning postgraduate studies

If you have questions concerning the courses given, or if you want to take a master course as part of your research education, contact the director of studies at the respective department.  

Chemistry - BMC

Chemistry - Ångström

General information

If you are interested in becoming a doctoral student or have already begun your studies, you will find a lot of useful information on the Faculty of Science and Technology's (TekNat's) pages about postgraduate education

Sweden's United Student Unions, SFS, has produced a handbook for doctoral students in English, see: PhD Handbook.

Last modified: 2024-01-25