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Master's Programme in Chemistry

  • Number of credits 120 Credits
  • Study time 2 years (full time)
  • Level Master’s Degree
  • Starting Spring Term 2021

The Master´s programme in Chemistry deepens your knowledge of proteins' function in the body, chemicals’ effect in the environment, and of the development of new pharmaceuticals. The education has close proximity to three strong research areas at Umeå University – medicinal chemistry, environmental chemistry and protein chemistry. Your future career is as a scientist, in the industry or with public authorities.

"I have decided I want to become a PhD student. I like to have challenges and new projects and exciting things going on."
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While studying

The Master´s programme in Chemistry provides you with knowledge for solving and critically assessing chemistry-related problems. You will learn how to compile, analyse, critically review, and present scientific texts and your own data.

Advanced methods of analysis

The first year includes four in-depth courses that cover tools and theories in modern chemistry and brings you to a level required for the following profile courses. The training provided in these courses focuses primarily on advanced instrumental methodologies for chemical analysis, and modelling and interpretation of physiochemical and biochemical phenomena. These courses also offer intense laboratory training to prepare you well for more advanced courses and work towards your Master's thesis in the second year.

Proximity to strong research

The three profiles of the Master's programme match the strong research areas of the Chemistry Department; environmental chemistry, medicinal chemistry and protein chemistry. Your teachers are scientists and the projects you will do during your education always have a close relation to ongoing research projects.

All teaching is in English.

Read more about Chemistry research at Umeå University

Three profiles

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Programme overview

Career opportunities

Your future work is within chemical industry as for example paper and wood pulp industry, pharmaceutical and food industry, engineering and electronics, environmental consulting or public authorities. The education also provides a base for PhD studies in chemistry.

Common job titles

  • Analytical Chemist
  • Pharmaceutical Chemist
  • Chemical Risk Manager
  • Environmental Consultant

Application and eligibility

Master's Programme in Chemistry, 120 hp

Second admission round for EU/EEA citizens

Programme starts

Spring Term 2021

Type of studies

100%, Daytime

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A Bachelor's degree or equivalent first-cycle qualification comprising of at least 180 ECTS or a corresponding qualification from an internationally recognised university. Specific entry requirements are: 60 ECTS in Chemistry.Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B/6.


Academic credits

Application code



Application deadline was 15 October 2020. The late application period opens on15 December 2020 if there are seats available.

Application and Tuition fees

As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

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Contact us

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Programme is given by
Faculty of Science and Technology
Contact persons for the programme are:
Jean-François Boily, Programme Co-ordinator