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Master's Programme in Chemistry

Dear students, welcome to the Master’s programme of the Department of Chemistry! We are looking forward in guiding you throughout your time under this programme. You will be part of a multidisciplinary environment, and will be taught and supervised by active researchers in Chemistry. My name is Christiane Funk, and I am the director of the Master’s programme in which you have been accepted. Please do not hesitate in contacting me for information and guidance throughout your studies.

How to start

  • 1. Your offer

    You have been admitted. If you want to keep your place (seat), you do not have to reply to your offer.

    If you do not want to keep your place you should decline your offer by logging in to 'My pages' on, and follow the instructions. You should click "I wish to decline this offer" next to the course or programme you want to decline.

    If you see "Reserve" next to your course or programme in the Notification of selection results, this means that you've been placed on a waiting list for that course/programme.

    Support for students with disabilities

    If you are in need of special support due to disability, you should apply for that in good time before you start your studies. Find more information about support for studying with disabilities.

  • 2. Register on the programme

    First, we wish to remind you to reply to your Notification of Selection Results at  or, so that you do not lose your place on the programme. If you have any questions, you are most welcome to contact us at any time. You will find our contact information at the end of this letter.

    The first course of the programme is Biophysical-Chemical Concepts. The course starts August 30 with Professor Gerhard Gröbner.

    You need to be registered for the course in the study documentation system in order to be able to follow the course and to get your results registered during the course. Online registration is open on the student web between 23-08-2021 and 30-08-2021.

    If you do not register by August 30 at the latest, you risk losing your place (seat). To be able to sign in at the student website and register online, you need to have activated your UmU-id account.

    If you are unable to attend the registration and introduction, you need to contact the study counselor in advance, or else you risk losing your place on the programme.

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  • 3. Programme start

    30 August 2021

    Time: 10.00

    Location: Glasburen, KBC Building


About the programme

  • Programme/course information

    The recommended course order is given as follows.

    Year 1

    Biophysical-Chemical Concepts, 15 ECTS
    Advanced Experimental Tools in Chemistry, 15 ECTS
    Chemometrics, 7.5 ECTS
    Computational chemistry, 7.5 ECTS

    Optional course 15 ECTS

    Year 2
    Optional courses 0-30 ECTS
    Degree project 30-60 ECTS

    You have the possibility to specialize in Medicinal chemistry, Environmental chemistry or Biochemistry. The specialization is determined by the choice of the free courses (at least 15 ECTS) and the field of the degree project.

    A degree project within the main area of Chemistry is included in the programme and can be started when the prerequisites in the syllabus are met. In the thesis work, which comprises 30, 45 or 60 ECTS, the student shall apply the knowledge acquired during the study period. The work must deal with a specialization in the field of chemistry. The work shall be reported in English, both orally and in a written "Masters’ thesis" report/essay. A part of the requirement in the degree project is also to act as opponent on a degree project presented by another master's student. The degree project is carried out individually.

  • Pregnancy and laboratory work

    It is not allowed to be in the laboratory or perform laboratory work in the lab if you are pregnant. Please contact the responsible teacher if you are pregnant when the course begins.

  • Contact us

    You are most welcome to contact us if you have any questions regarding the programme.

    Programme coordinator:

    Christiane Funk
    Phone: +46 90 786 76 33

    Study counsellor:

    Maria Jansson,
    Phone: +46 90 7865262



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